Queenstown-Lakes District

Queenstown-Lakes District, a local government district, is in the Otago Region of New Zealand that was formed in 1986.[2] It is surrounded by the districts of Central Otago, Southland, Westland and Waitaki.

Queenstown-Lakes District
Lake Wakatipu, one of the lakes in the district
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictQueenstown-Lakes District Council
  MayorJim Boult
  Deputy MayorCalum MacLeod
  Total8,719 km2 (3,366 sq mi)
 (June 2020)[1]
  Density5.4/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
9300, 9302, 9304, 9305, 9371, 9372, 9382, 9383, 9384, 9672, 9793
Area code(s)03
WebsiteQueenstown-Lakes District Council

Much of the area is often referred to as Queenstown because of the popularity of the resort town, but the district covers a much wider area, including the towns of Wanaka to the north-east, Glenorchy to the north-west and Kingston to the south.

The district is sometimes called the Southern Lakes, as it contains Lake Wakatipu, Lake Wānaka and Lake Hāwea.

Local government

The Queenstown Borough Council was constituted in 1866.[3] In 1986, Queenstown Borough Council merged with Lake County to form Queenstown-Lakes District Council. In 1989, Arrowtown Borough Council amalgamated with Queenstown-Lakes District Council in the 1989 local government reforms.

The district is administered by the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and regionally by the Otago Regional Council.

The Queenstown Lakes District is expected to grow faster than Auckland over the period 2006-31[clarification needed]. Statistics New Zealand projections show the district shares the highest growth rate in New Zealand of 2.2% a year with the Selwyn District.[4]


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Source: [5]

Queenstown-Lakes District had a population of 39,153 at the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 10,929 people (38.7%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 16,194 people (70.5%) since the 2006 census. There were 13,176 households. There were 19,971 males and 19,182 females, giving a sex ratio of 1.04 males per female. Of the total population, 6,522 people (16.7%) were aged up to 15 years, 9,195 (23.5%) were 15 to 29, 19,317 (49.3%) were 30 to 64, and 4,119 (10.5%) were 65 or older.

Ethnicities were 83.6% European/Pākehā, 5.3% Māori, 1.0% Pacific peoples, 9.9% Asian, and 5.9% other ethnicities (totals add to more than 100% since people could identify with multiple ethnicities). At 5.3%, the Queenstown-Lakes District has the lowest proportion of Māori people of all teritiorial authorities in New Zealand.

The percentage of people born overseas was 39.9, compared with 27.1% nationally.

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 61.2% had no religion, 29.1% were Christian, and 5.3% had other religions.

Of those at least 15 years old, 9,312 (28.5%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 2,493 (7.6%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $40,600. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 21,660 (66.4%) people were employed full-time, 4,629 (14.2%) were part-time, and 354 (1.1%) were unemployed.[5]

Urban areas and settlements

The Queenstown-Lakes District has six towns with a population over 1,000. Together they are home to 83.9% of the district's population.[1]

Urban area Population

(June 2020)[1]

% of region
Queenstown 16,000 33.8%
Wanaka 11,550 24.4%
Lake Hayes 6,240 13.2%
Arrowtown 3,030 6.4%
Lake Hāwea 1,700 3.6%
Arthurs Point 1,260 2.7%

See also


  1. "Population estimate tables - NZ.Stat". Statistics New Zealand. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  2. Department of Internal Affairs
  3. Cyclopedia Company Limited (1905). "Queenstown Borough Council". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand : Otago & Southland Provincial Districts. Christchurch: The Cyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  4. Queenstown-Lakes District growth
  5. "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Queenstown-Lakes District (070). 2018 Census place summary: Queenstown-Lakes District