Wanaka Masterplan

 Wanaka Town Centre GREEN

A glimpse into the future! Wanaka Town Centre trials 15-18 March 2019

Between 15-18 March we’ll be testing out some ideas to better connect the lakefront with the town centre and bring to life the community’s desire for a more pedestrian and cycle friendly town centre. 

Share your views

Over the four days, we’ll have a community information tent onsite where people can drop by and learn more about some of the proposed ideas being explored as part of the Town Centre Masterplan and transport infrastructure.   

You’ll be able to provide your feedback then and there or if you’d like to think it through, you’ll be able to provide online at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz where all the information is available.

What to expect:

Access for Monday 18 March

For Wanaka people heading down to the Candlelight Vigil tonight at 6.00pm we understand there may be challenges for some to attend due to the pack down of the activation trial. Lakefront parking opposite Pembroke park will be opened from 5.30pm and free parking remains at the Wanaka Showgrounds. Street closures will remain due to safety requirements.

A new and exciting public open space

For four days, we’ll close down part of Ardmore and Helwick Streets to test out how it feels to create more car-free, open space on the lakefront.   This will allow us to create a new public space connecting the town centre to Lake Wanaka. 

We’ll run a range of activities within this space to bring it to life, including pop up activities like team dodgeball, backyard cricket, artisan markets, community group workshops, acoustic performers, street art and interactive lighting, along with street furniture, oversized board games and family activities across the whole site.  

Wanaka Activation Space3

Programme of activities

There are loads of activities on offer from mid morning right through to the evening, please check out the programme of activities below:

  • Daily music from 12-2pm and 5-7pm by local MAC students, Tai Forrester & others
  • Artisan markets on Friday 3-7pm
  • Dodgeball games on Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2-4pm
  • Sand based Volleyball area for use everyday
  • Backyard cricket area for use everyday
  • Giant jenga, chess and petanque for use everyday
  • Heaps of wooden tables/chairs/benches so come and bring your lunch down
  • Interactive light installation
  • Toys for kids to play on everyday

And...it's all free!

If you are keen to enter a 4 person team for Dodgeball please contact Dodgeball coordinator craig@summitevents.co.nz Or just come along on the day and have a go!

Road closures

The trials are scheduled to run from 12.00pm on Friday 15 March until 3.00pm on Monday 18 March and will be located on Ardmore and Helwick Streets. 

They will involve the following road closures:

  • Ardmore Street (between Dungarvon Street and Lakeside Road)
  • Helwick Street (between Ardmore Street and Dunmore Street)
  • The closures will run from 3.00pm on Thursday 14 March until 3.00pm on Tuesday 19 March to allow for set up and removal.

Activation map incl roundabout

A change in the way you get around town

During the trial period we’ll be testing out some changes to how we use roads and carparks in the town centre, including:

  • No parking on the foreshore (free parking provided on Wanaka Showgrounds)
  • New one way streets (Dungarvon from Dunmore to Ardmore , and Ardmore from Dungarvon to McDougal
  • A dual access bus entry/turning point near the log cabin.
  • A temporary roundabout at the Brownston St and McDougal St intersection

Over the four days, we’ll have a community information tent onsite where people can drop by and learn more about some of the proposed ideas being explored as part of the Town Centre Masterplan and transport infrastructure.   You’ll be able to provide your feedback then and there or if you’d like to think it through, you’ll be able to jump online at home later on.  

Any questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about the trials, you can email us at any time at wanakamasterplan@qldc.govt.nz



Stay informed on the Wanaka Masterplan

If you’d like to be kept in the loop with our communications over the course of the project please sign up to our monthly e-newsletter here.   


Early Engagement - Read the feedback here! 

Your ideas and insights have been collated and summarised to show emerging themes.

Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan community early insights - summary
Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan community early insights - detailed feedback
Wanaka Town Centre Masterplan - email feedback
Mount Aspiring College student ideation session - summary
Mount Aspiring College student ideation session - data 




Why develop a Masterplan?

It’s no secret that Wanaka and the wider district is facing unprecedented residential and visitor growth. 

The Masterplan process will focus on how the town centre works and functions in the next 30 years, including a preferred programme of transport improvements to ensure good access to and around the CBD and wider urban area of Wanaka, ie schools, airport, Three Parks etc. 

Have a look at the maps illustrating both the town centre and transport programme study area below:

Wanaka Masterplan Study Area:

Wanaka Masterplan Study Area

Wanaka Transport Programme Study Area:

Wanaka Transport Programme Study Area Snip

The Masterplan process will also look at solutions for parking, public transport, shared spaces, alternative modes of transport and consider ways to make sure the things that make Wanaka so special are retained.   Importantly, these things will be considered as a whole.  Council will be bringing together past plans and strategies to allow for a holistic and consolidated view. This is to ensure a ‘big picture’ approach which builds on the work already done so that future developments provide the best possible outcome for the town.

Wanaka Masterplan Community Engagement Process

Wanaka Masterplan Community Engagement process V3 Webpage

An Establishment Report providing the framework to guide the Wanaka Masterplan project was given approval to proceed by council on 26 July. Take a look at the report here.

Associated reports

Wanaka Establishment Report
10-Year Plan (LTP)
Lake Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan
Wanaka Network Operating Framework Report
Wanaka 2020 Community Plan
Wanaka town centre strategy 2009
Wanaka Transportation and Parking Strategy 2008
Wanaka Structure Plan 2007
Wanaka Transport Strategic Case