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Wānaka Masterplan

Engagement through disruption

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  • Wānaka, New Zealand

    Wānaka, New Zealand

Closing a main street opens new possibilities for reconnecting Wānaka’s community with its scenic landscape

With easy access to mountain and lake recreation, it’s no wonder Wānaka became a popular resort town. But, popularity, and the growth it spurs, can undermine the original appeal of a town. Unprecedented growth in Wānaka resulted in fragmented development, poor land use and transport outcomes, putting the town’s unique characteristics under pressure. For example, a main arterial road severed the town’s centre from its scenic lakefront.

Wanting solutions that would enhance the character and quality of life in the town, the Council sought our expertise. Their directive to us was irresistible—be bold! So—we closed the main road. A four-day closure let us test how the community and transport network would respond to transformational change. It provided the community with a sense of how the space could be used, reconnecting their town centre with the lakefront, activating streets and public spaces, and improving movement by all modes.

In partnership with architectural consultants, Jasmax, we developed a masterplan, addressing urban design strategies, and a programme of transport investments for Wānaka. We worked closely with mana whenua (indigenous land rights group) to integrate mātauranga Māori (knowledge, wisdom) into the outcomes. With survey outcomes, test data, and an actionable masterplan, the Council is confident their town will become even more popular. 

At a Glance

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Client
  • Queenstown Lakes District Council
Partners
  • Jasmax
Meet Our Team

Sarah Connolly, Team Leader, Transportation, Dunedin / Senior Principal, Transportation Planner

I’m keen to be part of a fundamental change in how engineers and planners “do” infrastructure.
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Tom Young, Senior Associate, Urban Places Geographic Sector Leader (Ontario & Atlantic)

By building strong relationships with clients through collaborative problem-solving, we become trusted advisors on long-term projects.
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Darren Davis, Practice Lead—Transport and Land Use Integration

I have dedicated my life to building better places.
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Kylie Huard, Senior Transportation Planner/Practice Leader - Active Modes & Complete Streets

I’m passionate about making a difference—I love working with communities to develop solutions that will improve livability and equity.
Kylie Huard Senior Transportation Planner/Practice Leader - Active Modes & Complete Streets Read More

Sarah Connolly

Team Leader, Transportation, Dunedin / Senior Principal, Transportation Planner

Tom Young

Senior Associate, Urban Places Geographic Sector Leader (Ontario & Atlantic)

Darren Davis

Practice Lead—Transport and Land Use Integration

Kylie Huard

Senior Transportation Planner/Practice Leader - Active Modes & Complete Streets

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