Changing Face of Lake Wanaka

A stand of trees makes way for a watersports facility on the edge of Lake Wanaka's famous Roy's Bay. The question we should be asking ourselves - is this the thin end of the wedge. Watersports facility today - five star hotels tomorrow? An inevitable sign of what's to come perhaps, sadly. The projected growth … Continue reading Changing Face of Lake Wanaka


Wouldn’t it be great to have a commercial airport in Wanaka! Fancy flying direct to Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington – maybe even Australia. No more driving over the Crown Range, dodging through the Frankton traffic, hustling with the Queenstown parking and airport crowds. Sounds brilliant doesn’t it. So handy and convenient. And grown-up! Our very own … Continue reading WANAKA AIRPORT – FLIGHTS OF FANCY?

Protect Wanaka’s Water!

Water, water, everywhere – how long before it stinks? (with apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge) We are blessed with water in the Upper Clutha – Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the mighty Clutha and its subsidiaries, the Hawea and Cardrona rivers. And beneath us lies the Wanaka Basin-Cardrona gravel aquifer, a reservoir for farming, rural communities … Continue reading Protect Wanaka’s Water!

Wanaka and Upper Clutha stormwater management

  WANAKA AND UPPER CLUTHA STORMWATER MANAGEMENT – PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH, SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 5/2/18   State of play: Water New Zealand is holding a conference on Stormwater in Queenstown in May 2018: “The conference theme of Wai Ora – Rising to the Challenge provides the platform to introduce, explore, address and challenge … Continue reading Wanaka and Upper Clutha stormwater management