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 will be available soon.


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 will be available soon.


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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We want to know how you feel about the Concept Plan for Stage Three of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan.

    No features are set in stone at this stage, but all are designed to adhere to following the four specific 'big moves':

    1. Restore and develop ecology
    2. Provide continuous access
    3. Improve landuse
    4. Provide a range of facilities
    Please make sure you have looked at the Concept Plan for Stage Three: Lakeside before completing this quick survey. 

    We want to know how you feel about the Concept Plan for Stage Three of the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan.

    No features are set in stone at this stage, but all are designed to adhere to following the four specific 'big moves':

    1. Restore and develop ecology
    2. Provide continuous access
    3. Improve landuse
    4. Provide a range of facilities
    Please make sure you have looked at the Concept Plan for Stage Three: Lakeside before completing this quick survey. 

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