After dark Buckingham Street transforms into a unique and atmospheric nightscape. Sensitively placed lamps reveal the details of gold rush era buildings, the textures of old schist stone walls, trees planted by 19th century pioneers as well as the dramatic form of modern sculptures. The subtle lighting scheme puts our architecture in the spotlight and makes it easy and fun to explore the town at night.
This scheme has been in the works for nearly 10 years. Initially a masterplan was created by Wellington lighting architects Toulouse, and the plan has been put into action by a committee of local business owners, museum staff and residents with the support of Queenstown Lakes District Council, the Arrowtown Promotion and Business Association (APBA) and the Central Lakes Trust. The APBA has worked closely with Tansley Electrical, landlords and tenants to get this far, in a cost share arrangement.
The lighting of shop façades is now complete, signalling the end of the first stage of the project. Over the next few months a second stage will see even more buildings receive accent lighting that will continue to add to the ambience of our beautiful main street.
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