Friday, 6th December, 2019

Joint Media Statement from Lake Wanaka Tourism and Ignite Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand (Friday December 6, 2019) The majority of Wanaka’s downtown area, including attractions, retail and commercial accommodation, is operating as normal and we encourage the community and visitors to continue to support our local businesses, providing it’s safe to do so.

Pre-cautionary flood preparations have impacted a small number of businesses on Ardmore St.

The Wanaka Visitor i-SITE has temporarily relocated to the Department of Conservation building on 1 Ballantyne Rd but is otherwise operating as normal.

 At this stage we are focused on monitoring the situation day by day and working closely with QLDC, and other agencies to ensure visitors, local businesses and the community are kept well informed and support is provided where needed. 

The ORC webpage has updates on the Clutha catchment lake and flow situation and a special page has been set up for this event:

Visitors and businesses are being encouraged to check

With the jetties at Lake Wānaka closed and a heightened risk of floating debris and submerged structures, lake-based operators are currently not operating.

Some roads and tracks are likely to remain closed until lake levels subside, which is currently affecting businesses who operate beyond Glendhu Bay and in the Mt Aspiring National Park.

Ignite Wanaka and LWT are working with QLDC to ensure social and other support is available to businesses affected should they need it now and in the future. and we will provide details of these services as soon as we can. In the interim, Community Networks has a full list of services available here.


For more information contact:

Gizelle Regan Media and Campaign Manager Lake Wanaka Tourism

Naomi Lindsay Executive Officer Ignite Wanaka Chamber of Commerce