Queenstown Lakes District Council parks manager Gordon
Bailey with a tree at the Queenstown Gardens' shoreline,
one of several which have been undermined by years of high
lake levels on the shoreline. Photo supplied.
A "continued threat" from Lake Wakatipu to a section of
the Queenstown Gardens' shoreline and walking track has
prompted the Queenstown Lakes District Council to seek the
QLDC parks manager Gordon Bailey said the 200m-long section
was "a problem in need of a solution".
"The section is effectively the area behind the skating rink.
"Over time, high lake levels have seriously undermined the
tree roots of several large specimens and eaten into the bank
that supports part of the heavily used Queenstown Gardens'
trail," Mr Bailey said.
Damage to the trees - some of which were on the verge of
falling into the lake - and the threat to the track had
invited consideration of "some kind of extension to the rip
rap flood protection wall", which had been placed at the head
of the gardens' peninsula following the 1999 flood.
"In the ensuing years, wave action associated with high lake
levels has severely impacted on the exposed section of
"It is clear something needs to happen, but we would like
public opinion to shape any response," Mr Bailey said.
Any solution had the potential to incorporate the trail in an
"Potentially, we could create more of a lake edge feature,
bringing the trail out to run across the top of any potential
Alternatively, the community might favour a more "minimal"
approach to the problem.
"Once we get a steer from the community, we will then need to
look at cost and consent issues."
• Questions, comments or suggestions should be emailed to
the subject line "Gardens", or posted to "Gardens", c/- QLDC,
Private Bag 50072, Queenstown 9348, by November 30.