Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan

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The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is underway!  Check in on this page regularly for the latest updates on what's happening next, key features and completion dates.

Project overview

Wānaka's lakefront is one of the community's most treasured assets, integral to both local and visitor experiences in the 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 was consulted on in 2015/2016. 


The 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:

  1. Restore and develop ecology
  2. Provide continuous access
  3. Improve landuse
  4. Provide a range of facilities


A staged approach

The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages:

  1. Mt Aspiring Road Carpark (complete December 2018)
  2. South Beach (paused to allow for alignment with parking decisions made through the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan))
  3. Lakeside (community engagement underway)
  4. Main Beach (in conjunction with the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan)
  5. North Carpark

Staged Implementation Plan

Staged Implementation Plan


Mt Aspiring Road Carpark

Work on Mt Aspiring Road Carpark began Monday 8 October with completion on 20 December 2018, in time for Christmas.

South Beach

Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan along South Beach is paused until further notice. For more on this click here.


A Concept Plan for Stage Three: Lakeside is now available for viewing and we'd love to hear what your think. This is a high level, conceptual plan. Your feedback will help us to shape a detailed design for the area.


Have your say!

There are a few ways to share your views.

  • Attend a drop in session (dates/times below)
  • Fill in the online survey
  • Drop by the Council office and complete a hard copy form.

Feedback on the Concept Plan closes Sunday 18 August at 5.00pm. Following this, feedback received will then inform the creation of a detailed concept design.


Community drop-in session dates:

We’ve organised a number of community drop-in sessions to share the plan and discuss what it involves. We hope you can drop by, ask questions and share your views.

Date Time Location
8 August 6.00pm - 7.30pm Lake Wānaka Centre, Armstrong Room
9 August 12.00pm - 1.30pm New World - Wānaka Centre
10 August 11.00am - 1.00pm Site of Stage Three: Lakeside - opposite Lakeside Resort