Frankton to Queenstown Town Centre

Status: Detailed analysis of short-listed options


About the project

Frankton to Queenstown Town Centre is made up of two investigations: The Queenstown Town Centre and Frankton to Queenstown.

We’re conducting these investigations together because analysis shows that the performance of the Town Centre transport network and Frankton Road are interconnected and need to be considered as a whole to achieve positive solutions for both.

Our aim is to make it easier for people and goods to travel between Frankton and Queenstown, and into and around the Town Centre. We also aim to identify what needs to happen to support the ongoing success of an authentic and vibrant Queenstown Town Centre for local residents as well as tourists.

Our work is focused on:

  • Providing more efficient and reliable access for people and goods that sustainably manages the high growth, reduces reliance on private car use, and enables enhanced land use.
  • Providing more travel choices, for example, walking and cycling, ferries and public transport.
  • Enhancing the liveability and quality of the natural and built environment.
  • Being adaptable to future change and disruptions.
  • Enhancing safety with a goal of Vision Zero (no transport related fatalities or serious injuries).


Progress so far

Building on what has already been done through the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan, we have been working with stakeholders from business, tourism and the transport sector to understand the problems and barriers that exist on all forms of transport. The local community have also been providing input to tell us how they travel between Frankton and Queenstown, and what challenges people face getting to and around town.

A number of key initiatives have been underway since the project started in August 2018:

  • We have assembled evidence relating to the current performance of the transport network. This has demonstrated that traffic volumes on Frankton Road, and across the Wakatipu Basin are increasing at a significant rate. This has resulted in a marked increase in delay and congestion and a drop in travel time reliability in recent years.
  • We have developed a suite of transport models to predict how the network is likely to change in the future. These show that traffic volumes are likely to continue to increase at a rapid rate, exacerbating current problems unless interventions are made.
  • The models also indicate that a step change in public transport is required, sooner than was previously anticipated, to accommodate forecast patronage.
  • We have held a series of workshops with key local stakeholders and have spoken to the community at a range of events and through an online tool. This has helped us to understand the problems and to develop a range of potential solutions to address these problems.
  • Based on your feedback, we have developed a long list of potential interventions. Through further engagement and analysis we have recently narrowed this down to a short list of packages and are now starting to assess when network improvements are likely to be required.


We want your views

One of our key findings to date is that with continued forecast high growth and demand for travel in the Queenstown area, a step change in public transport is required in the form of high capacity public transport. Options being considered include ferries, buses, trackless trams, light rail and gondolas.

Now the team are heading into the detail, we are keen on understanding your preferences for:

  • What should the future of public transport look like?
  • What facilities should a transport hub have?
  • Should we make some changes to Shotover Street (ie traffic signals or reducing on-street parking) so it’s easier for people to move about?
  • What improvements should we think about to make accessing the ferries easier?
  • What do travel choice incentives look like?

Take the survey now and give us your views!


Next steps

The information you provide us, along with outputs from our technical work, will be used to refine and confirm a preferred programme of work.

Over the next few months we will develop concept designs and complete more detailed transport modelling and economic analysis. This is expected to be completed late 2019.


Status: Detailed analysis of short-listed options


About the project

Frankton to Queenstown Town Centre is made up of two investigations: The Queenstown Town Centre and Frankton to Queenstown.

We’re conducting these investigations together because analysis shows that the performance of the Town Centre transport network and Frankton Road are interconnected and need to be considered as a whole to achieve positive solutions for both.

Our aim is to make it easier for people and goods to travel between Frankton and Queenstown, and into and around the Town Centre. We also aim to identify what needs to happen to support the ongoing success of an authentic and vibrant Queenstown Town Centre for local residents as well as tourists.

Our work is focused on:

  • Providing more efficient and reliable access for people and goods that sustainably manages the high growth, reduces reliance on private car use, and enables enhanced land use.
  • Providing more travel choices, for example, walking and cycling, ferries and public transport.
  • Enhancing the liveability and quality of the natural and built environment.
  • Being adaptable to future change and disruptions.
  • Enhancing safety with a goal of Vision Zero (no transport related fatalities or serious injuries).


Progress so far

Building on what has already been done through the Queenstown Town Centre Masterplan, we have been working with stakeholders from business, tourism and the transport sector to understand the problems and barriers that exist on all forms of transport. The local community have also been providing input to tell us how they travel between Frankton and Queenstown, and what challenges people face getting to and around town.

A number of key initiatives have been underway since the project started in August 2018:

  • We have assembled evidence relating to the current performance of the transport network. This has demonstrated that traffic volumes on Frankton Road, and across the Wakatipu Basin are increasing at a significant rate. This has resulted in a marked increase in delay and congestion and a drop in travel time reliability in recent years.
  • We have developed a suite of transport models to predict how the network is likely to change in the future. These show that traffic volumes are likely to continue to increase at a rapid rate, exacerbating current problems unless interventions are made.
  • The models also indicate that a step change in public transport is required, sooner than was previously anticipated, to accommodate forecast patronage.
  • We have held a series of workshops with key local stakeholders and have spoken to the community at a range of events and through an online tool. This has helped us to understand the problems and to develop a range of potential solutions to address these problems.
  • Based on your feedback, we have developed a long list of potential interventions. Through further engagement and analysis we have recently narrowed this down to a short list of packages and are now starting to assess when network improvements are likely to be required.


We want your views

One of our key findings to date is that with continued forecast high growth and demand for travel in the Queenstown area, a step change in public transport is required in the form of high capacity public transport. Options being considered include ferries, buses, trackless trams, light rail and gondolas.

Now the team are heading into the detail, we are keen on understanding your preferences for:

  • What should the future of public transport look like?
  • What facilities should a transport hub have?
  • Should we make some changes to Shotover Street (ie traffic signals or reducing on-street parking) so it’s easier for people to move about?
  • What improvements should we think about to make accessing the ferries easier?
  • What do travel choice incentives look like?

Take the survey now and give us your views!


Next steps

The information you provide us, along with outputs from our technical work, will be used to refine and confirm a preferred programme of work.

Over the next few months we will develop concept designs and complete more detailed transport modelling and economic analysis. This is expected to be completed late 2019.