Downtown Queenstown


A truly aspirational town

Downtown Queenstown is easily recognised as the commercial, civic, cultural and entertainment heart of New Zealand’s premier tourist destination. The diverse mix of activities, combined with both international and domestic visitors creates a dynamic and compelling place for people to gather. For local residents the town centre represents the foundation on which the district was built and still holds an important place in their lives.

We must protect our special place

DowntownQT has been formed to maintain and enhance what is good about the town centre. Its role is to represent the various stakeholders that call downtown Queenstown home. It takes its advocacy role seriously and has united stakeholders behind a common vision and set of goals for the first time.

What does DowntownQT do?

  • Town centre guardianship: DowntownQT represents stakeholders at both local and national government level. Advocating on behalf of members while developing town centre curation, resilience and collaboration. The town centre strategy guides the organisation.
  • The public face of the town centre: DowntownQT is the ‘go-to place’ for information. It is the primary contact point for the Queenstown Lakes District Council when seeking stakeholder viewpoints on issues affecting the town centre. DowntownQT also assists with collective agreements between stakeholders on issues that benefit the town centre.

Join together

The strength of DowntownQT comes through the breadth and size of its membership. Downtown stakeholders have recognised that unless they join together and collaborate, town centre growth could be ad-hoc, uncoordinated and may ultimately be detrimental to the ongoing success of the town. Membership of DowntownQT allows those who work and live in the town centre to get on with their day-to-day lives safe in the knowledge that their issues and concerns are being dealt with.

DowntownQT structure

DowntownQT is an incorporated society fully funded by its members.

Its board of directors is made up of stakeholders from the various town centre groups. Elections for the board are held once a year at an Annual General Meeting, with all members having one vote.

The current board:

  • Alastair Wood. Colliers International.
  • Kim Wilkinson. Unichem Wilkinsons Pharamcy.
  • Johnny Stevenson. Coronet Property Management.
  • Mike Burgess. Watertight Investments.
  • Grant Hattaway. Hattaway Consultancy.
  • Beatrice Riso. Louis Vuitton.
  • Kelvin Collins. Harcourts Real Estate.
  • Ann Lockhart. Queenstown Chamber of Commerce.
  • Graham Budd. Destination Queenstown.
  • Steve Wilde. Town Centre Manager, employed by the board to enact and deliver its objectives.

Free Wifi

DowntownQT is proud to be able to deliver free WiFi to the public areas in the town centre.

Following a joint venture with HQ, DowntownQT has established free WiFi hotspots at The Village Green, Earnslaw Park, The Mall, Beach Street and Searle Lane. We're adding new hotspots regularly.

People are able to access 1GB of free data daily.

For businesses this represents an enormous opportunity as we are able to offer members of DowntownQT the ability to advertise on the free WiFi service. Imagine being able to reach your potential customers, who are only metres away from your door!

If you'd like to know more about advertising on the Queenstown Free WiFi, please send us an email.


Keeping Downtown Queenstown