Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan

 QLDC Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan Poster Nov29v4

The Wanaka 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

The Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan was consulted on in 2015/2016.  Community feedback featured strong desires for a return of green spaces along the lakefront, including pedestrianisation, more opportunities for active travel and to make the area more people-friendly while capturing its natural splendor.


The Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages: 

  1. Mt Aspiring Road Carpark (complete)
  2. South Beach
  3. Lakeside
  4. Main Beach (in conjunction with the Wanaka 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 and was complete 20 December 2018, in time for Christmas.

South Beach

Stage Two of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan along South Beach is scheduled to commence in the first half of 2019. 

However, a section of the Stage Two area is being utilised over the New Year period as a temporary pedestrian-friendly space, until official work kicks off. The space includes a container, benches and the shady trees already present on the lakefront, providing a place for people to mingle, relax and enjoy the lakefront views.

Remaining Stages

Final designs for the remaining stages of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan are being completed. Dates for each stage are indicated in the estimated Master Programme of work.

Associated work

Over the New Year period, QLDC is offering temporary parking in Wanaka at the Wanaka Showgrounds, allowing parts of the lakefront previously used for parking to be preserved for pedestrians and green space. Temporary parking will be offered for vehicles and campervans.