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Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan

Creating fresh open spaces and people-friendly places on the lakefront.

Stages Documents

Construction on Stage Two begins

Construction on Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan began on 11 April 2022.

Wānaka's lakefront is one of the Upper Clutha community's most treasured assets, integral to both local and visitor experiences in town and an ever-increasingly popular place to be. Following the completion of the Wānaka Lakefront Reserves Management Plan (2014), a three month consultation period was held in 2016 and produced the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan which was consulted on in 2015/2016. 

Project Aspiration

To provide continuous pedestrian access – making strong connections with the town centre, reducing vehicle use in the town centre, hosting a range of activities and enhancing the ecology throughout, while enhancing the visibility of Kāi Tahu through lakefront design, reflecting the importance of the lake to mana whenua, the Wānaka community and to visitors.

A Staged Approach

The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages:

  1. Stage One (complete)
  2. Stage Two (underway)
  3. Stage Three (complete)
  4. Stage Four (in conjunction with the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan)
  5. Stage Five



Stage One:
Stage One of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan saw the construction of the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road Carpark, completed in December 2018.

Stage Two:
Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs along the lake's edge between McDougall Street and Dungarvon Street, and will see the implementation of a number of features, including:

  • A shared pathway running along the lakefront and new Millennium Pathway tiles laid alongside it
  • 114 new car parking spaces added along the lakeside of Ardmore Street, broken into sections to create more view shafts and access points to the lakefront
  • Natural shared spaces with low-lying native planting and trees
  • A series of pou installed throughout the area at various heights, representing specific elements of Wānaka, and a map of the area known as Te Huruhuru's Map integrated into the shared pathway

Construction on Stage Two began on 11 April 2022. Find out more here.

Stage Three:
Now complete, Stage Three of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from Bullock Creek through to the Wānaka Marina, and saw the implementation of a number of features, including:

  • Restoration and development of native vegetation - large scale planting to maintain the lakefront's rugged, wild landscape.

  • Te Ara Wānaka - a shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists that connects Wānaka's Town Centre with the Marina.

  • A boardwalk running along the lake's edge.

  • Informative signage - highlights of the area's significance to Kāi Tahu, and details of native plant and animal life found nearby.

  • Improved landuse - improvement of lawn areas to allow for recreation activities.

For more details about Stage Three, click here.

Stage Four:
Stage Four of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is adjacent to Wānaka's Town Centre. Initial work on a Concept Plan for this area is underway.

Stage Five:
Stage Five of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from Wānaka Marina through to the Wānaka Yacht Club. To view the Concept Plan, click here.

Four Big Moves

The community feedback shaped four 'big moves'. Every stage and project within the Lakefront Development Plan will be designed with the four big moves in mind:

  • Restore and develop Ecology through ecological enhancements and native revegetation planting. 
  • Provide continuous Access with a pedestrian/cycleway promenade around the lakefront.
  • Improve Landuse with lakefront linear parks and precincts.
  • Provide a range of Facilities.

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