Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road

The Queenstown Town Centre Arterial project is proceeding to the next stage.  Read about the project and what to expect over the coming months as Council seeks consent to construct the road. 

About the project Project status Plans and illustrations Acoustic assessments Understanding social impacts Got a question? Upcoming disruptions
  • The Queenstown Town Centre Arterial is a key enabling project for the Queenstown Town Centre.  Stage 1 will link Melbourne and Henry Streets, removing general traffic from Stanley Street and unlocking a range of other investments that will vastly improve the town centre experience for locals and visitors.  

    The need to look at an alternative roading solution to address traffic and congestion in the town centre has been identified in a number of strategies and studies since the early 2000s including the 2005 FutureLinks Transport and Parking Strategy, 2008 and 2014 Inner Links Study and 2017 Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan Town Centre Arterials indicative business case.  All of these strategies and studies have been subject to community engagement, highlighting that this is a project that already has a reasonably high profile across the district.  

    The full route is made up of three stages:

    • Stage 1: Melbourne / Henry Street

    • Stage 2: Gorge Road to Hay Street

    • Stage 3: Hay Street to One Mile Roundabout

    With funding approved for Stage 1 and a detailed business case being finalised for funding stages 2 and 3, Queenstown Lakes District Council is starting the ‘designation’ process, protecting the full route for construction in the future.   

  • A project to build an Arterial Road around the Queenstown Town Centre has been under discussion since the early 2000s when Council released the FutureLinks Strategy for community engagement. 

    Since  then it has been part of various transport strategies and most recently part of the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan and a detailed business case for transport improvements all the way from Ladies Mile, through Frankton  and into and around Queenstown Town Centre.  

    View the Council's existing transport strategies here

    View information about the Frankton to Queenstown detailed business case here 

  • The full recommended Town Centre Arterial route is not without its challenges.   

    Stage 2 will involve the demolition of the existing Queenstown Memorial Centre facility.

    The Memorial Centre is part of the fabric of the performing arts and returned services community and the Council is committed to proactively working together on a solution for a replacement facility.  

    It is currently a proposed condition of the designation that the Memorial Centre cannot be demolished (effectively Stage 2 of the road cannot be constructed) until Council has, through its Ten Year Plan process, and after further consultation with users, confirmed a timeframe, funding and programme for the construction of new facilities.

    The Council will be engaging with existing users of the facilities soon.   


Project status

The project was recently included as a listed project in the new COVID-19 (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 meaning it is automatically eligible for a new fast track approval process instead of requiring authorisation under the Resource Management Act.

The Council was also awarded $50m to deliver Stage 1 of the Project as part of the Government’s nationwide package to aid the recovery from COVID-19.  A further $15m will be contributed by the Council. 

The Council is now in the process of putting together its application documents and expects to lodge them for the fast track consenting process in November 2020.  Construction on Stage 1 of the Project will commence by 1 July 2021.  The construction of Stages 2 and 3 will follow as soon as possible once further funding is secured.

As part of the fast track consenting process, key stakeholders and owners and occupiers along and adjacent to the new route will be invited to provide their feedback to an expert panel.  

Right now we're jointly working  with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to set up the   Wakatipu Transport Programme Alliance.    This alliance will deliver a number of crucial projects including the town centre upgrades, stage 1 of the town centre arterial, the NZ Upgrade Programme and part of the Active Travel network.   

The alliance model means we can achieve the best possible integration and customer focus to ensure the successful delivery of these projects.

Once the alliance is set up we'll be able to communicate more information about the construction programme for Stage 1.     Watch this space.

Plans and illustrations

These are very large files.   If you are having trouble downloading them, please get in touch and we can provide you a printed copy. 

Acoustic Assessments

Acoustic assessments were carried out over September and October.     Thank you to everyone for cooperating with this process.  

  • As part of the designation process, it has been identified that some properties may experience an increase in noise as a result of the Arterial Project.

    As part of this process, the Council needs to inspect some properties along the route to ascertain whether any acoustic mitigation is required and assess whether identified properties have appropriate mechanical ventilation in place.

    The inspection will be carried out by the Council and its contractors APL Property. The inspections could take up to 1 hour.

  • If your property is part of a body corporate, we will endeavour to coordinate inspections through your complex or body corporate manager.    Please note that in most instances commercial body corporate properties are not expected to require acoustic upgrades due to their existing use of mechanical ventilation.


Understanding social impacts

An independent social impact assessment is underway as part of the fast track consenting process. 

This will help the Council understand any positive and negative impacts the project might have on our community wellbeing and environment and consider any mitigation measures if required.  

The report is now being finalised and will be included in the package of information required as part of the designation process.

Got a question?

Take a look at the frequently asked questions below.   If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please get in touch with the project team on the details below. 


We're completing  geotechnical investigations along the arterial route to get ready for construction.  To complete this work safely there will be a number of road closures and disruptions.   We're sorry for any inconvenience.  

Road closure : Beetham Street at the Melbourne Street intersection, 3 – 4 November 2020

On Tuesday 3 November and Wednesday 4 November 2020 Beetham St will be closed from all three directions at the intersection with Melbourne Street.  Access and car parking will be affected.  Vehicles will be able to enter upper Beetham St and lower Beetham St for property access but with limited turning options in the area it is advised that all other access is avoided during the road closure.  

Road closure : Ballarat Street at the Henry Street intersection, 5 – 6 November 2020

On Thursday 5 November and Friday 6 November 2020 Ballarat St will be closed from both directions at the intersection with Henry St.  Access and car parking will be affected.   Vehicles will be able to enter upper Ballarat St and lower Ballarat St for property access but with limited turning options in the area it is advised that all other access is avoided during the road closure.  Henry St is one way with the access point at Ballarat St, for the duration of works this will be closed with the only access from Malaghan St.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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