GROW WELL | WHAIORA - Spatial Plan for the Queenstown Lakes District

We are working closely with our partners in Central Government and Kāi Tahu to develop a Spatial Plan for the Queenstown Lakes District. Community engagement is underway.

Some of us are excited by growth and the opportunities it provides. Others feel challenged and unsettled by uncertainty and change. Wherever you sit on the scale, the fact is our district is growing.

Growth is something that can enhance our community wellbeing if it’s planned for. We can make choices to grow well.

We are working with our partners at Central Government and Kāi Tahu on a Spatial Plan, looking out to 2050 and beyond. Right now, you have an opportunity to have a say and make sure our district can ‘grow well’ for the next 30 years and for generations to come.

We all live here for many reasons; the unique environment, the special communities, the active lifestyles, the diverse cultures and much more. So it’s easy to see why others from around Aotearoa and the rest of the world want to either visit or make this district their home too.

Now is your chance to take part in developing the Spatial Plan for the whole district. Let's talk about where and how we live in the future and what this means for our infrastructure and community facilities in the next 30 years and for generations to come.


Grow Well | Whaiora

The Spatial Plan is being based around the phrase ‘Grow Well’ or ‘Whaiora’ in Te Reo Māori which translates to “in the pursuit of wellness”.

It is our goal, as part of the Lakes District community, to support positive change that benefits the wellbeing of the whole district both now and in the future.

>> Read the Grow Well I Whaiora Spatial Plan information booklet here


How to take part

Community workshops

Come along to a facilitated community workshop near you, starting on 4 November in Wanaka. You'll find confirmed details of locations on the top right of this page.

The locations that the workshops are being held in are not indicative of inclusion or otherwise but aim to give us a variety of perspectives in smaller townships as well as around some of the larger hubs forming part of a bigger picture conversation of the Wakatipu and Upper Clutha areas.

These workshops will be made up of group activities designed to test scenarios and help communities build consensus on the future of their towns and settlements.

We want to know what role you see your town playing in 30 years’ time, and what aspects of future development you value more. For example, is it more important to you to have local facilities on your doorstep or centralised services with good transport choices to get to them.

Register for a workshop near you at Eventfinda here. Registration is essential as numbers are limited.

This will be your first opportunity to take part in this process. Once we’ve used the findings to develop a draft Spatial Plan, the intention is to run a formal public consultation process in Autumn 2020.

Feedback form

We invite you to complete an online survey form below. Hard copy feedback forms are also available at Council offices and libraries across the district.

Feedback closes at 5.00pm on 1 December.

We are working closely with our partners in Central Government and Kāi Tahu to develop a Spatial Plan for the Queenstown Lakes District. Community engagement is underway.

Some of us are excited by growth and the opportunities it provides. Others feel challenged and unsettled by uncertainty and change. Wherever you sit on the scale, the fact is our district is growing.

Growth is something that can enhance our community wellbeing if it’s planned for. We can make choices to grow well.

We are working with our partners at Central Government and Kāi Tahu on a Spatial Plan, looking out to 2050 and beyond. Right now, you have an opportunity to have a say and make sure our district can ‘grow well’ for the next 30 years and for generations to come.

We all live here for many reasons; the unique environment, the special communities, the active lifestyles, the diverse cultures and much more. So it’s easy to see why others from around Aotearoa and the rest of the world want to either visit or make this district their home too.

Now is your chance to take part in developing the Spatial Plan for the whole district. Let's talk about where and how we live in the future and what this means for our infrastructure and community facilities in the next 30 years and for generations to come.


Grow Well | Whaiora

The Spatial Plan is being based around the phrase ‘Grow Well’ or ‘Whaiora’ in Te Reo Māori which translates to “in the pursuit of wellness”.

It is our goal, as part of the Lakes District community, to support positive change that benefits the wellbeing of the whole district both now and in the future.

>> Read the Grow Well I Whaiora Spatial Plan information booklet here


How to take part

Community workshops

Come along to a facilitated community workshop near you, starting on 4 November in Wanaka. You'll find confirmed details of locations on the top right of this page.

The locations that the workshops are being held in are not indicative of inclusion or otherwise but aim to give us a variety of perspectives in smaller townships as well as around some of the larger hubs forming part of a bigger picture conversation of the Wakatipu and Upper Clutha areas.

These workshops will be made up of group activities designed to test scenarios and help communities build consensus on the future of their towns and settlements.

We want to know what role you see your town playing in 30 years’ time, and what aspects of future development you value more. For example, is it more important to you to have local facilities on your doorstep or centralised services with good transport choices to get to them.

Register for a workshop near you at Eventfinda here. Registration is essential as numbers are limited.

This will be your first opportunity to take part in this process. Once we’ve used the findings to develop a draft Spatial Plan, the intention is to run a formal public consultation process in Autumn 2020.

Feedback form

We invite you to complete an online survey form below. Hard copy feedback forms are also available at Council offices and libraries across the district.

Feedback closes at 5.00pm on 1 December.

Do you have a question about the Spatial Plan?  Ask it here and we'll get it answered as soon as possible. 

All questions and answers will be published here for everyone to see. 


Q&A

  • One could be forgiven for feeling that the Council is merely going through a process of consultation and has no real intention of taking any notice of the input received. For example, despite the fact the majority of submitters to the consultation on altering speed limits were against any change, the Council implemented them anyway. Will this consultation be any different?

    allard asked 16 days ago

    Thanks for your question. Every public consultation, whether it’s a formal process under legislation or an informal  engagement, is run with a genuine interest in hearing community views. It’s important to note that a public consultation is not a vote. All feedback is considered and fed into proposals where possible and appropriate. This feedback is also always provided to elected members verbatim and considered as part of their decision making process. Often there is a lot of evidence, expert analysis etc that must be considered too and at times difficult decisions need to be made, for example lowering some speed limits to improve the safety for all road users. We hope you do take part in this important planning process. If you can’t make it along to a workshop, the online survey will only take a few minutes of your time and will feed into how we plan for growth as a district over the next thirty plus years. 

  • Why are we including Cromwell in the Spatial Plan?

    20 days ago

    The Spatial Plan will include Cromwell as an integral part of the wider Lakes District community, recognising the growing interrelationship with Wanaka and Queenstown and the increasing number of people regularly commuting in and out of the district via the Kawarau Gorge. It’s also a key gateway into the area for visitors.  By considering Cromwell’s masterplanning projects it will help enable a comprehensive overview of the region and how it works with neighbouring districts.


  • Will the Spatial Plan discuss long-term provisions to protect rural landscapes in the District (both Rural Character Landscapes and Outstanding Natural Landscapes/Features) from the cumulative adverse effects of development given that the local and national economy rely on these rural landscapes being protected from (and not degraded by) development?

    Julian Haworth asked about 1 month ago

    A well-designed Spatial Plan will ensure that future growth does not compromise the unique landscapes, sites of significance to iwi and environment that are important to our communities and visitors. It takes an intentional view of the future to ensure development is strategic and integrated to the benefit of our communities.

  • Is there a reason you aren't including Arrowtown in the consultation? You have included the other regional areas but not this one, and the needs/views will not be the same as Frankton which would be the closest session,

    DaveHS asked about 1 month ago

    Arrowtown and all townships are included in this engagement activity as the Spatial Plan looks at the how townships and settlements work together and allow us to consider the district as a whole. The locations that the workshops are being held in are not indicative of inclusion or otherwise but aim to give us a variety of perspectives in smaller townships as well as around some of the larger hubs forming part of a bigger picture conversation of the Wakatipu and Upper Clutha areas. This means if you live in Arrowtown, Arthurs Point or Lake Hayes Estate etc. you would be welcome to attend the workshops in Frankton, Queenstown, Kingston etc. and your insights and feedback would be relevant and valued. The workshops will be made up of group activities designed to test scenarios and help communities build consensus on the future of their towns and settlements. We are also keen for people from across the district to get involved via this site too.