A boil water is in place for businesses and properties across Queenstown following a number of confirmed local cases of illness caused by the protozoa, cryptosporidium. This affects all properties serviced by the Council’s Queenstown supply including Frankton, Quail Rise and Tucker Beach Rd, Kelvin Heights and Hanley’s Farm. Read more here.

The state of local emergency in Queenstown, originally declared on Friday morning after a severe weather event, has been lifted. However, some restrictions will remain in place to protect public safety as the focus turns to recovery. Full information here.

Queenstown Town Centre Street Upgrades

Work to transform Brecon Street, Rees Street, Beach Street, Park Street and Hotops Rise into high quality public spaces that are safe and accessible for everyone, is almost complete.

About the project

Our goal is to transform the Queenstown Town Centre into an inviting, family friendly and accessible space for everyone to enjoy. 

Supported by funding from the Crown Infrastructure Partners, the project comes at a challenging time for the region and represents a significant investment into the future of the local economy.   

The upgrades will feature improved walking and cycling facilities providing a continuous link from the Queenstown Gardens to the Gondola, bringing parts of the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan to life. 

Designed in line with the Queenstown Town Centre Design Guidelines, the upgraded streets will incorporate high quality materials and weave in local cultural storytelling. 

What's the latest?

We’ve completed work on Beach Street, Lower Brecon Street (between Shotover Street and the steps), Park Street and Rees Street.  

Good progress is being made to upgrade upper Brecon Street.  There is now consistent, wide, safe pedestrian access, providing good access to all businesses in the top half of the street.

The next stage of work on Brecon Street and the intersection of Man Street will continue with the construction of a retaining wall, new kerbs, footpaths and traffic lights. In the sealing season (spring) the team will be going back up to Brecon to construct the pavement and lay asphalt.

A detour is in place at the top of the Man Street stairs so streetscaping (paving, lighting and planting) can take place.

Works long the section of Man Street between Hay and Brecon Street mean this section of road is closed.  It will stay closed for approximately three months, with a detour in place via Isle Street or Lake Street so people can get where they need to go.

Image library

Frequently asked questions

We've provided answers to a list of frequently asked questions below.  If you have a question that hasn't been answered here, please email us at letstalk@qldc.govt.nz and we'll get it answered as quickly as possible.

Working with local businesses and the community

Maintaining access to the town centre and supporting local business is crucial to the project delivery and we  are committed to working closely with you to achieve that.   

We're regularly engaging with businesses and property owners so any issues arising can be dealt with quickly. If you live or operate a business in the town centre and have any concerns or questions about the construction, please do get in touch:

Alan Howard-Smith, the Communication and Engagement Manager for Kā Huanui a Tāhuna. 

Phone 021 361 158, or email:

If Alan can’t answer your questions, he'll put you in touch with someone who can.