Wakatipu Ferry Business Case

Status: Early stages of developing a business case

What is the project

The Orbus service has been very popular in Queenstown since it launched in 2017. The Wakatipu Ferry detailed business case investigates the utilisation of Lake Wakatipu as a public transport option.

The work underway will present options for how ferry services may be used and determine the viability of increasing the current ferry service.

Currently a scheduled ferry service operates between Queenstown Bay and Frankton.

The business case looks at both the supporting infrastructure and public intervention into the provision of additional services.

Utilising Lake Wakatipu as a public ferry route seems an obvious choice to provide more efficient and better-connected public transport options for residents and visitors.


Progress so far

We have held a number of workshops with community representatives, stakeholders and partner agencies to assist in drafting the business case. These have covered topics such as understanding the issues, developing objectives to guide the development of options and how they’ll be assessed and a further workshop to determine a long list of options.


Next steps

We are aiming to complete the business case in May. Once the business case is completed, it will be reported to the ORC for consideration.

Status: Early stages of developing a business case

What is the project

The Orbus service has been very popular in Queenstown since it launched in 2017. The Wakatipu Ferry detailed business case investigates the utilisation of Lake Wakatipu as a public transport option.

The work underway will present options for how ferry services may be used and determine the viability of increasing the current ferry service.

Currently a scheduled ferry service operates between Queenstown Bay and Frankton.

The business case looks at both the supporting infrastructure and public intervention into the provision of additional services.

Utilising Lake Wakatipu as a public ferry route seems an obvious choice to provide more efficient and better-connected public transport options for residents and visitors.


Progress so far

We have held a number of workshops with community representatives, stakeholders and partner agencies to assist in drafting the business case. These have covered topics such as understanding the issues, developing objectives to guide the development of options and how they’ll be assessed and a further workshop to determine a long list of options.


Next steps

We are aiming to complete the business case in May. Once the business case is completed, it will be reported to the ORC for consideration.