NZ Transport Agency

By MATTHEW MCKEW Plans to increase housing in Ladies Mile and Frankton by up to 4000 units rely on Kiwis ditching cars in favour of bus and ferry networks. That’s according to the growing list of consultant-produced and council-commissioned plans for...

$90 million road splurge

It was a red-letter day for Queenstown infrastructure yesterday as the government announced a $90 million spend-up on our roads. And Otago Regional Council decided to save the Queenstown Water Ferry at the eleventh hour. The government announced the Wakatipu's funding...
In an exit interview with Philip Chandler, Destination Queenstown CEO Graham Budd fires shots at unconstructive criticism of the resort's growth. He takes a tilt at NZ Transport Agency, too, but also pinpoints his highlights, and his reasons for moving to Invercargill Destination Queenstown's CEO's...

Boundaries that divide us

Divide and conquer, that's the traditional formula. Or, slightly tweaked, "divide and ignore". Our communities may enjoy a friendly rivalry, but by contrast with the rest of New Zealand, there's far more that unites than divides us. Yet every three years, we're...

Milestone for $22m bridge

The placement of the last steel girder means Queenstown's new, 250m Kawarau Falls bridge now fully spans the Kawarau River. NZ Transport Agency senior project boss Phil Dowsett says pre-cast concrete slabs are being installed over the girders, and the...

Frankton drive times cut

Road upgrades have cut the driving time between the BP roundabout on State Highway 6 and Queenstown Airport by up to 17 minutes. Last month, the first stage of the Hawthorne Dr extension - linking Remarkables Park to Glenda Dr...
Parking looms as a potential judder bar for a 227-room hotel planned for central Queenstown. As exclusively revealed by Mountain Scene in March, Australian developer Pro-invest Group wants to spend $60 million-plus on a Holiday Inn Express hotel bordering Stanley,...

Turn-off turnaround

Road chiefs are bowing to pressure for a new slip road at a hazardous Queenstown junction. NZ Transport Agency announced yesterday it will put the wheels in motion for an upgrade to the Tucker Beach Road-State Highway 6 intersection, at Quail...
The long-awaited four-laning of a stretch of State Highway 6 near Queenstown is expected to begin next year. Transport Minister Simon Bridges says in a statement the exact start date is "pending the outcome of the investigation stage" and the work...

Parking ban on way

Work to install barriers and no-stopping signs on Queenstown's Kawarau Road could get cracking before winter. But it all depends on how well the council's parking strategy for Frankton is tracking and how the public feels. Cheapskates currently use the stretch...
A permanently lower speed limit could be on the way for a Queenstown highway. The government's highways manager, NZ Transport Agency, announced yesterday it wanted an 80kmh speed limit on a 2.3km section of State Highway 6, between Stalker Rd and...
Two dollar bus fares could be on the way for the Wakatipu. Queenstown's council, the regional council and NZ Transport Agency are working on a radical overhaul of the public transport system. They're consulting on an "inexpensive, reliable and frequent" bus...
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