Frankton, Otago

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Frankton is located in New Zealand
The view across Shotover River.
The view from Peninsula Hill.

Frankton is a suburb of the town of Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand, formerly a separate settlement.


Frankton was named after Frances—the wife of the area's first European settler William Gilbert Rees.[1] He started farming at Queenstown in 1860, and Frankton was established in 1863.

The Otago Witness of 14 February 1863 remarked that 'with all its natural advantages nothing can prevent Frankton being the chief township of the district'.[2] The government moved all its buildings including the warden's Court and the gold receiver to Frankton. With no road between Queenstown and Frankton this created all sorts of inconveniences. The police at Queenstown Police Station travelled daily to the Court at Frankton. After a banquet in June 1863, hosting the secretary of the goldfields, and the police commissioner St. John Branigan, the decision was reversed.

This historic Kawerau Falls Bridge was built between 22 December 1924 and August 1926. It was constructed as a dam to lower the water level in the Kawarau River to enable the river bed to be mined. This idea may have been first suggested by Julius Vogel eighth Premier of New Zealand and Otago goldfields journalist in his 1889 book Anno Domini 2000 – A Woman's Destiny. The dam gates were shut from 15 June to 15 August. This caused the water to back up from behind the bridge to the Shotover River confluence. Less gold was found than expected and the project was largely unsuccessful. In May 1932, during the Depression, the gates were shut again for six weeks for unemployed men to fossick for gold.[3]


Frankton is located at the end of a large inlet in the northeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu known as the Frankton Arm, on State Highway 6. It is one terminus of the short State Highway 6A, which runs seven kilometres west from there to Queenstown.

Frankton is located on the edge of a larger area referred to as the Frankton Flats, which is the area of land approximately bounded by Lake Wakatipu, the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers, and State Highway 6 to towards Cromwell. The Frankton Flats is located in the Wakatipu Basin and enjoys longer sunshine hours, particularly in winter, than the majority of land in central Queenstown, which is predominantly south facing.


Remarkables Park Town Centre, Frankton

Queenstown Airport[edit]

Queenstown Airport is located at Frankton. The airport provides direct international flights to Australia, and domestic flights around New Zealand.

Remarkables Town Centre[edit]

Remarkables Park Town Centre has 600 carparks and 60 retailers, H & J Smith, Harvey Norman and New World.[4]

Queenstown Central Shopping Centre[edit]

Queenstown Central Shopping Centre opened in 2016, and covers an area of more than 4,000 m².[5] It features 250 carparks and 45 shops,[6] including Kmart.[7]

Queenstown Events Centre[edit]

The Queenstown Events Centre is also located in Frankton and contains the main recreational and sporting facilities for Queenstown residents. Facilities at the Queenstown Events Centre include Alpine Aqualand (swimming pools and hydro slide), sports fields for football and cricket, cricket nets, indoor courts and events facilities.[8]


Remarkables Primary School is a co-educational state primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[9][10] with a roll of 542 as of March 2020.[11]

KingsView School is a co-educational state-integrated Catholic primary school for Year 1 to 8 students,[12][13] with a roll of 72.[14]

Wakatipu High School is a co-educational state secondary school for Year 9 to 13 students,[15][16] with a roll of 1068.[17]


  1. ^ William Gilbert Rees information
  2. ^ Miller, F.W.G., (1949) Golden Days of Lake County. Whitcombe and Tombs. pg68.
  3. ^ Miller. F.W.G. (1949) Golden Days of Lake County. Whitcomb and Toombs. p328-334.
  4. ^ "Remarkable Pak Town Centre - Stores". Stride Property.
  5. ^ Williams, Guy (30 May 2020). "Ex worker facing $38k fine over Kmart build breach". Otago Daily Times.
  6. ^ "Queenstown Central Shopping Centre". Destination Queenstown.
  7. ^ "Queenstown Central - Centre Map". Colliers International.
  8. ^ Lakes Leisure
  9. ^ "Remarkables Primary School Official School Website".
  10. ^ "Remarkables Primary School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  11. ^ "Remarkables Primary School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  12. ^ "KingsView School Official School Website".
  13. ^ "KingsView School Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  14. ^ "KingsView School Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.
  15. ^ "Official School Website".
  16. ^ "Ministry of Education School Profile". Ministry of Education.
  17. ^ "Education Review Office Report". Education Review Office.

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Coordinates: 45°1′S 168°44′E / 45.017°S 168.733°E / -45.017; 168.733