About Us

In 2007, the Queenstown Lakes District Council recognised an issue in the lack of affordable housing and acted upon it by initiating the formation of the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust (QLCHT). QLCHT is an independent, not for profit, community owned organisation. 

Our vision is to transform the lives of committed people in our district by providing them an opportunity to secure an affordable place to call home.

While there is a steady stream of people wanting to move into our district, an unusually high percentage of these people leave the district after 12-18 months. The reasons cited are often due to the high living costs and lack of suitable housing. 

We provide a range of housing programmes, each carefully designed to assist eligible low to moderate income households who contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of this district, and are genuinely struggling to commit to the area due to housing stress. 

 Our Values

  • Get excited about helping people into a home to call their own.
  • Maintain consistency, professionalism and respect.
  • Break ground and climb mountains.
  • Seek out emerging development and funding opportunities.


Download our summarised strategic plan here.