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Stage Two - Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan

Te Mahere Whakaahu mō te takutai o Wānaka

Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs along the lake's edge between McDougall Street and Dungarvon Street.

About Stage Two

Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from McDougall Street to Dungarvon Street, and will feature a shared pathway running along the lakefront and new Millennium Pathway tiles laid alongside it. The pathway will connect the Mt Aspiring Road Carpark with Wānaka's town centre.

Parking will be prohibited from the grass lawns along the lake's edge, with 114 new car parking spaces added along the lakeside of Ardmore Street, broken into sections to create view shafts and access points to the lakefront.

Once complete, Stage Two will feature natural open spaces, with low-lying native planting and trees, continuous access and a greatly improved space for people and pedestrians to enjoy.

A series of pou will be installed at various heights at the western end of the lakefront near Dungarvon Street, representing specific elements of Wānaka and welcoming people to the area, with a map of the area known as Te Huruhuru's Map integrated into the shared pathway.

The existing bund along the lakefront will be flattened and the lawn will be irrigated.

Temporary road closure

To get the job done as quickly as possible, a section of Ardmore Street (between McDougall Street and Dungarvon Street) will be temporarily closed from Monday 11 April. We estimate this section of road will be closed until late September.

We acknowledge this may be inconvenient and appreciate your patience while the work is underway. Please follow detour signage and allow a bit of extra time if you’re needing to drive in this area.

The closure doesn’t affect the Wanaka Sunday Market which will go ahead every Sunday in its normal location.

Pedestrian and cyclist access

The existing pathway along Wānaka’s lakefront between McDougall Street and Dungarvon Street will be closed for pedestrians and cyclists during the construction of Stage Two.

The sandy track running along the lakefront will remain open, with safety lighting installed to keep the area lit during the evening.

Project timeline

Construction on Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan will run from 11 April 2022 through to 30 September 2022.

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