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Queenstown Town Centre Street Upgrades

Work is underway 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.

About the project Beach Street Park Street and Hotops Rise Brecon Street Rees Street Frequently asked questions Working with you

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.    

Beach Street

  • Key features include: 

    • Lower Beach Street will be transformed into a shared space that enhances its existing retail, event and social function. 

    • Upper Beach Street will remain pedestrian only however existing vehicle access (and via Cow Lane) will be maintained for deliveries and servicing of local business

    • New paving that embeds  design elements to share local stories and history

    • New bespoke lighting and street furniture that links to mana whenua value of 'Oraka' meaning rest and recuperation.  

    • A combination of new and existing street trees  and plants

    • New wayfinding signage

  • Upper Beach Street 

    Lower Beach Street 

  • After seven months of investigating and replacing the network of underground services, lower Beach Street has new water, wastewater and stormwater pipes to service the town centre for many years to come.

    The concrete has been poured and we’ve started laying the final surface of granite pavers. By Christmas the street will be paved and ready for a busy summer season. Some finishing touches will be completed in February next year.

    Underground services are also now complete on Upper Beach Street so we can now start rebuilding.

    A concrete base will be laid by Christmas and the street will be clean and clear for the summer holidays. The paving crew will return to complete the final surface from 24 January.

  • Upper and Lower Beach Street is closed while construction is underway.    We will reopen the street before Christmas for the summer holiday period. 

    Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout the project. 

    The work will be noisy at times.  

    We're incredibly grateful for the support and patience shown by Beach Street businesses over this time.   We will continue to work closely with you all to minimise and help you through this disruptive period.  


Park Street and Hotops Rise

  • Key features include: 

    • A 4m wide shared path connecting the town centre to the lakefront at Park Street

    • A dedicated cycle path through Hotops Rise. 

    • Widening the existing Horne Creek pedestrian bridge

    • New street lighting and  furniture 

    • New paving, new stone kerbs, stone setts at pedestrian crossings and exposed aggregate concrete footpaths.

    • New  wayfinding signage

  • Park Street is on track to be largely completed ahead of Christmas with some finishing touches applied to the street in the new year.

  • Traffic management is in place on Park Street while construction is underway.    This will be cleared before Christmas.  

    Access for pedestrians will be maintained throughout the project. 

    The work will be noisy at times.  

    We're incredibly grateful for the support and patience shown by Park Street residents and Ice Arena over this time.   We will continue to work closely with you all to minimise and help you through this disruptive period.  

  • We’ve been doing a lot of work to consider our options for the new cycle path along Hotops Rise.  Earlier in the year we pressed pause on this part of the project as we realised the new path would result in the removal of a large number of trees.  

    Further safety analysis is underway on three alignment options for a dedicated cycle path connecting the Frankton Track to the Town Centre.

    Part of the process is determining, with the community, a plan to replace any trees lost with a larger number of new predominantly native trees which will improve the long-term tree canopy of Queenstown Gardens.   

    A paper is expected to go to Council for a final decision in December.  At that meeting, it’s the Councillors role to look at all aspects for a decision and take them into consideration, including community feedback and involvement, technical considerations, alignment with policies, plans and strategies and costs.

    In the meantime, we’ve pulled together some FAQ’s on this part of the project which can be read below.     Or you can check out details of the community consultation we've run on the project.   

    If you have any further questions, please get in touch  and we’ll provide an answer as soon as we can. 


Brecon Street

  • The Brecon Street upgrade will provide new underground services and a generous footpath to provide a safe and welcoming experience for the thousands of people who visit that part of the town centre each year.   Key features will include: 

    • A continuous 4-5m wide footpath   along the northern side of the street 

    • An improved 4m wide footpath on the southern side to interface with new hotel developments and Lakeview

    • New and existing street trees and plants.  

    • Rationalising carparking on the southern side of the street

    • Improvements near the Skyline building to prioritise pedestrian access and make pick-up / drop-off safer.  

    • Lower Brecon Street to become a low speed, shared space prioritising walking and cycling. 

    • New streetlighting and furniture to encourage social gathering.

    • Improvements to the Brian Smith Reserve 

    • Signalised intersection at Man / Brecon street

    • New  wayfinding signage

  • Earlier in the year we did some investigations of the underground services and replaced a short section of gas pipe.

    In May we began the construction of a large retaining wall that runs alongside Queenstown Cemetery. The purpose of the retaining wall is to build two generous paths that safely separate mountain bikers from pedestrians at the top of Brecon Street. The section of the wall being built by Kā Huanui a Tāhuna will be finished in November.


  • During the upgrade, Brecon Street will be closed to through traffic with access only available for pedestrians, business drop off and pick up and mobility parking.  This work is expected to take around one year to complete.    

    Work on Brecon Street will stop between 24 December and 10 January 2022.


Rees Street

  • Key features include: 

    • Upgrade to a shared, low speed environment that prioritises walking and cycling

    • New paving that embeds design elements to share local stories and history

    • New lighting and street furniture that links to mana whenua value of 'Oraka' meaning rest and re-cooperation 

    • A combination of new and existing street trees  and plants

    • New  wayfinding signage

  • The Rees Street upgrade will begin in February 2022.

    We will meet with Rees Street business owners in November to talk through the construction programme.


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 and we'll get it answered as quickly as possible.   letstalk.qldc.govt.nz 

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:

Catherine Edmeades - Communications and Engagement Manager – Whakatipu Transport Programme Alliance
Phone 021 235 0809 or via email: 

Briefing presentation - 9 December 2020

On Wednesday 9 December we held five briefing sessions with the owners and managers of businesses and properties on the streets that will be upgraded.  This presentation included some details about the construction programme and how we'll work with businesses and residents to support them while the work is underway. 

We've provided the presentation below for anyone who couldn't make it along. 

>> View the presentation here

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