Way to Go

The journeys that you make every day in and around the Queenstown Lakes District should be safe, easy, support your business and help you get the most out of life.

This is why the Queenstown Lakes District Council, the New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council are committed to working together in partnership to provide you with an enduring, safe and affordable transport system, which also provides you with transport choice.

Our partnership is known as Way to Go and recognises all three agencies have an important role to play in driving change.

We also know there is a lot to think about and this page brings our work together in one place so you can participate in the process and monitor how we are integrating and managing our transport investigations.


Community Engagement 

Your input will help to plan safe, accessible and connected transport solutions for everyone.  We'll keep you in the loop and ask for your views regularly as our investigations progress.   

Smarter journeys, together engagement 1-22 April

View a summary of the Smarter Journeys, Together engagement 


Our current Investigations 

Frankton to Queenstown/ Queenstown Town Centre

Project status: Detailed analysis of short-listed options

Progress so far

The team working on these two projects has assembled evidence about traffic volumes and developed transport models to predict likely change. The models indicate that a significant change in travel behaviour is required including a shift to greater use of public transport to accommodate the community’s future transport needs. There’s been a series of workshops with key stakeholders and public events have been held to gather feedback from residents.  Surveys and other online tools have also been used to gather feedback.


Grant Road to Kawarau Falls

Project status: Project outcomes to be integrated with neighbouring projects.

Progress so far

This project is very closely associated with the Frankton to Queenstown investigation and Frankton Masterplan investigation and is awaiting the outcomes of these investigations. The outcomes of all three projects will be integrated.


Wakatipu Active Travel Network

Project status: Single Stage Business Case Completed

Progress so far

A programme of work to deliver new walking and cycling facilities, as outlined in the completed business case, has been approved by Council and joint funding for the first package of the new network has been approved by the Transport Agency.

The entire programme is designed to connect key destinations such as Arrowtown, Arthurs Point, Kelvin Heights, Jacks Point, Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country, Fernhill, Frankton and Queenstown.

The first package will deliver new/improved routes from the growing residential areas of Shotover Country, Hanleys farm and Jacks Point through to Frankton.  

Read the business case 

Because of its size this document has been split into smaller sections:

Part A: Introduction (pp1-16) (3.33 MB)

Part B: The Case for Investment (pp 17-67) (6.46 MB)

Part C: Option Development and Assessment (pp 68-167) (11.41 MB)

Part D: Implementing the Preferred Network (pp 168-200) (877.56 KB)

Appendices A-G  (2.50 MB)

Appendix H - Town Centre Extent of Works (12.23 MB)

Appendix I - Wakatipu Basin Future Public Transport Demand/Capacity Analysis (2.45 MB)

Appendix J - Cost Estimate Report (5.68 MB)

Appendix K - Preferred Network Staging Map (1MB)

Appendices M-U (4.42 MB)

Note: Appendix L is a technical illustration and available upon request.  


Frankton Masterplan

Project status: Draft plan being finalised

Progress so far

Earlier this year a draft Masterplan was issued to the community. Feedback was gathered and a final version of the plan is now being worked upon. It will establish a 30-year vision out to 2048. Alongside this an integrated preferred programme of transport improvements will be released.


Wakatipu Ferry Services

Project status: Draft plan being finalised

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 options.


Other projects

The partners are also planning additional ways to encourage people to use walking, cycling and public transport facilities.  An example is the project to move bus stops from Camp Street to Stanley Street, which will include the installation of bike racks and wayfinding signage as well as a ticket kiosk.


Get in touch!

If you have any questions about the Way to Go group or the projects underway, please email us at letstalk@qldc.govt.nz