Population and Growth

Whakatupuraka o te Taupori

The Queenstown Lakes District is considered to be a high growth district within New Zealand. To help address this key challenge and help with future planning, we have developed comprehensive demand projections.

What do they cover?

These projections consider COVID-19 in the short-term, all figures are projected out 30 years.  They cover:

  • Resident population

  • Number of visitors (day visitors, visitors in private residences and those in commercial accommodation)

  • Number of occupied and unoccupied dwellings that will be required in the future

  • Number of visitor units that will be required in the future

This information is analysed to compare numbers on an average day and on a peak day for all of our communities - urban, rural, large and small.

The demand projections consider a range of things including national data from Statistics NZ, migration and tourism numbers, building and resource consent data, analysis on existing zoned capacity and a review of development trends.

Disclaimer: These population projections have been prepared by council officers with assistance from Utility Ltd. The information contained in the population projections document is intended for general guidance only and does not contain or convey legal advice. The information herein should not be used or relied on without first consulting professional advice.

Frequently asked questions

  • A. Makarora falls within the Hāwea projections as the area units used follow those of Statistics New Zealand.

  • A. We will aim to release this data every six months - in June and December.


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