Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan

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Wānaka's lakefront is one of the community's most treasured assets, integral to both local and visitor experiences in the 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.


The 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:

  1. Restore and develop ecology
  2. Provide continuous access
  3. Improve landuse
  4. Provide a range of facilities


A staged approach

The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages:

  1. Stage One
  2. Stage Two
  3. Stage Three
  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:

Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road Carpark and connects up with Stage Four (adjacent to the Wānaka Town Centre). Initial work was paused in 2019 to allow for alignment with parking decisions made through the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan. A concept design is currently underway and new community consultation will be held on Stage Two following the design's completion.


Stage Three :

Stage Three of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from Bullock Creek through to the Wānaka Marina, and will see 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.

A Concept Plan was released in June 2019 for community consultation and received large support. A Detailed Design continues to be worked on. The latest artist impression of the boardwalk and a view from above the site are available now.


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 the Marina through to the Wānaka Yacht Club. Initial work on a Concept Plan is underway.


Wānaka's lakefront is one of the community's most treasured assets, integral to both local and visitor experiences in the 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.


The 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:

  1. Restore and develop ecology
  2. Provide continuous access
  3. Improve landuse
  4. Provide a range of facilities


A staged approach

The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is split into five stages:

  1. Stage One
  2. Stage Two
  3. Stage Three
  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:

Stage Two of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from the Wānaka-Mt Aspiring Road Carpark and connects up with Stage Four (adjacent to the Wānaka Town Centre). Initial work was paused in 2019 to allow for alignment with parking decisions made through the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan. A concept design is currently underway and new community consultation will be held on Stage Two following the design's completion.


Stage Three :

Stage Three of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan runs from Bullock Creek through to the Wānaka Marina, and will see 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.

A Concept Plan was released in June 2019 for community consultation and received large support. A Detailed Design continues to be worked on. The latest artist impression of the boardwalk and a view from above the site are available now.


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 the Marina through to the Wānaka Yacht Club. Initial work on a Concept Plan is underway.


Below you'll find a number of common questions asked during drop-in sessions for the Stage Three: Lakeside Concept Plan, and answers.


FAQs

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    I am concerned that the boardwalk will be battered by the lake and regular flood levels.

    10 months ago

    Through detailed design, the boardwalk is intended to be set at Lake Wānaka’s ‘high’ level, as defined by the Otago Regional Council (ORC): https://www.orc.govt.nz/managing-our-environment/water/water-monitoring-and-alerts/upper-clutha/lake-wanaka. The boardwalk will be designed to be free draining, and to withstand the rare occasion of extremely high flooding and resulting wave action.

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    I am concerned the population of Crested Grebe will be under threat by having humans closer to their nesting grounds. What can be done to protect wildlife from people and dog interference?

    10 months ago

    We aim to undertake further discussions with stakeholders regarding protection measures, during the next design phase.

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    Can the boardwalk be used by cyclists?

    10 months ago

    No. Cycle use on the boardwalk will be discouraged. Wheelchairs and prams will have access and be able to use the boardwalk comfortably.

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    Are you removing car parking?

    10 months ago

    No existing car parking is being removed.

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    I am concerned about the shared pathway meaning that cyclists and pedestrians will come into contact with each other.

    10 months ago

    Shared paths are based on a ‘share with care’ strategy and will require a certain level of user etiquette. However, through the design process, ways in assisting with separation of pedestrians and cyclists will come under consideration.

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    Won’t people litter off the boardwalk into the lake?

    10 months ago

    We hope not! But, accepting this could happen, we’ll be considering placement of rubbish bins close to either end of the boardwalk, along with use of signage.

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    Is there consideration for the treatment of stormwater in the plan? Even through the opportunity for riparian planting?

    10 months ago

    Specific planting has been something raised by a number of stakeholders in relation to stormwater, and will be considered in future design phases.

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    Won’t extra seating and picnic areas require more parking areas to be provided?

    10 months ago

    Ample short-term parking exists adjacent to the picnic areas and in the immediate surrounds. However, people will be encouraged to use the improved pedestrian and cycling access walk through the area to take advantage of these amenities.


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    Why is this plan being presented in isolation to the overarching Town Centre Masterplan? It is missing how these changes will link in to the proposed Town Centre.

    10 months ago

    Stage Three: Lakeside of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan has been reviewed and updated in relation to the Wānaka Town Centre Masterplan. Key people working on the Town Centre Masterplan remain stakeholders in the Lakefront Development Plan, with both project teams working together.


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    We’re taking away Wanaka’s small town feel by closing off streets.

    10 months ago

    There are no suggested street closures as part of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan.