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Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan

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

Stages Documents

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
  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:
Two Concept Plans were made available for Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan, the area of lakefront running from the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road Carpark through to Dungarvon Street and the Wānaka Town Centre.

Both Concept Plans feature an active travel promenade, allowing pedestrians and cyclists the continuous access along the lakefront that they crave. We're also intending to retain all existing trees in the area, and propose the introduction of a feature garden.

Concept Plan #1 features the introduction of parking along the lakeside of Ardmore Street and new Millennium Pathway tiles being laid in a new location. Options are for tiles to be laid along the active travel promenade, or in and around the proposed feature garden.

Concept Plan #2 features the Millennium Pathway staying in its existing location, and no parking added to Ardmore Street.

Feedback closed on these Concept Plans and Concept Plan #1 was selected.  The Developed Design of Concept Plan #1 is now available.

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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