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Frankton Masterplan

An integrated land use and transport masterplan for the transformation of Frankton over the next 30 years.

In late 2018, building on earlier engagement, Wakatipu Way to Go (a partnership between Queenstown Lakes District Council, NZTA and Otago Regional Council) embarked on the Frankton Masterplan and Integrated Transport Programme Business Case process. This project will deliver a land use and transportation framework to address the future needs of Frankton.

The project aims to ensure Frankton remains a liveable, positive experience for visitors, residents and businesses; integrate all plans, strategies and projects to create better outcomes; and give public and private stakeholders confidence to invest.

Working in partnership with GHD, Boffa Miskell urban designers are preparing an integrated masterplan and transport programme business case for Frankton. The project approach uses stakeholder engagement to bind together the masterplanning and business case processes, creating a robust set of outcomes and a strong case for investment.

Using innovative and intensive engagement techniques, the project team was able to establish consensus across a diverse range of stakeholders and form an evidence base for both the masterplan and programme business case.

Key outcomes for the masterplan include:

  • Enhancing Frankton’s role as a hub for the district,
  • Integrating with the lakefront and rivers edges,
  • Living and growing in harmony with nature,
  • Unified and integrated town and local centres,
  • Enhancing the local networks, and
  •  Nurturing inclusive neighbourhoods.

These masterplan outcomes have been woven together into a recommended Spatial Framework, which is underpinned by a range of attainable land use and transportation actions. This sets out what Frankton might look like by 2048.

Actions within our recommended Spatial Framework include:

  • Improving the arrival experiences into Queenstown from the airport, state highway and trail network, including the establishment of a new Airport-Wakatipu Lake Link and recognising wāhi tūpuna (ancestral landscapes) at the Shotover and Kawarau River crossings;
  • Upgrading State Highway 6 into a high amenity, 50 km/hr urban arterial, recognising the Ara Tawhito (Traditional Trail route) along Frankton Ladies Mile Highway and improving intersections to reduce community severance and improve safety along active travel routes;
  • Using multi-modal transport options to improve access for people of all ages and abilities, including completion of the wider active travel network and linking several local and district centres together through a high frequency orbital;
  • Strengthening the relationship between high capacity public transport corridors and more intensive land use activities, such as redeveloping the northern Glenda Drive industrial area for residential living;
  • Integrating the Airport terminal and other landside operations into the public transport network and surrounding compatible land uses, including investigating opportunities for the long-term relocation of Lakes District Hospital facilities outside the airport noise contours;
  • Enhancing recreational and community facilities at Queenstown Event Centre, alongside a new transport interchange and Emergency Precinct (e.g. emergency services, civil defence and airport rescue) on the Frankton Golf Course site;
  • Providing more urban parks and greener streets, including creating more direct visual and physical links to Lake Wakatipu and enhanced waterfront parks and reserves with our very own ‘Frankton Gardens’.
  • Redeveloping Shotover Delta into a district-wide reserve for informal recreational activities, mahinga kai (food and resource harvesting areas) and potentially a relocated Frankton Golf Course;
  • Investigating opportunities for Improved recognition and visibility of Ngāi Tahu cultural values, themes and narratives in the urban and built form.
  • Investigating opportunities to enhance recognition of the cultural heritage of Frankton from the perspective of Ngāi Tahu, Chinese, mining and pastoral heritage, including creation of the Arranmore / McBride Farm Heritage Precinct.

This transformation will be staged over a 30-year timeframe in collaboration with the Wakatipu Way to Go partnership and community stakeholders.

Our role

Develop an integrated masterplan and transport programme business case for Frankton, underpinned by a 30-year vision and a spatial framework that illustrates how the vision will be delivered over time.

The facts

ClientWakatipu Way to Go partnership - Queenstown Lakes District Council, New Zealand Transport Agency and Otago Regional Council
Project teamTim Church
Laura Pyne
Rose Johnston
Worked with


Project date2018 - on-going