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Highway 6 into QtWn. Hats the plan?

September 21 2020

The morning traffic southbound on Hwy 6 is getting worse by the day. The back up starts well before Lake Hayes estate and does not clear until the bridge. The new medical centre at the country club will make this significantly worse.

Is there a plan to widen the road to at least 3 lanes (two southbound) and add a roundabout at Lake Hayes Estate? Adding a roundabout without an additional southbound lane will not solve the problem. Busses will not solve the problem (unless cars are banned).

If another lane is not planned - why not? Surely this has to be a more useful traffic solution than a Queenstown bypass (which by definition will reduce local patronage of Queenstown shops).

Eric Fischer

QLDC Response

“Thanks for taking the time to write in and share your views. There’s a lot of planning work underway to address transport challenges in this area. In fact, the Way to Go group (QLDC, Waka Kotahi NZTA and Otago Regional Council) recently shared a range of options for how we travel around Wakatipu in the future and asked for community comment.  If you missed this, there is still information available at

“Further to this, late last year the government announced $90m in funding to deliver a range of public transport projects on SH6 and SH6A between Ladies Mile, Kawarau Falls Bridge and the town centre. Bus lanes will be built to prioritise travel by public transport on SH6 and bus priority on SH6A. These will be supported by a new bus hub on SH6. The investment includes a new roundabout at Howards Drive, an upgrade to the BP intersection at SH6-SH6A and an underpass at Ladies Mile to provide better cycling and walking connections. Work is expected to begin in late 2021.”