• Queenstown
  • 21.8°
  • Temperature: 71.2°F / 21.8°C | Humidity: 61% | Pressure: 29.98in / 1015hPa (Falling) | Conditions:  | Wind Direction: West | Wind Speed: 4.0mph / 6.4km/h
  • Rotorua
  • 22°
  • Temperature: 72°F / 22°C | Humidity: 38% | Pressure: 30.19in / 1022hPa (Falling) | Conditions:  | Wind Direction: North | Wind Speed: 8mph / 13km/h

A Brief History of Skyline

2016
Mar - Skyline aquires Christchurch International Airport I-Site
June - Skyline Queenstown announces $60 million development plans for its iconic facility.

2015
Mar - Skyline Rotorua turns 30 years old.
Oct - Stargazing launches at Skyline Rotorua.
Nov - Construction begins for Skyline's major luge development in Tongyeong City, South Korea.
Nov - 

2014
Mar - Skyline Enterprises announces plans for a $6m high-end premium retail development in the heart of the resort town’s CBD.
Apr - The Directors of Skyline Enterprises announce the election of Mark Quickfall to the role of Chairman.
Nov - Skyline introduce Stratosfare as the exciting new dining restaurant experience at both Queenstown and Rotorua. 

2013
Apr - Twenty-eight years after opening with its world-first Luge operation, Skyline Rotorua hits its 15 millionth Luge ride.
Dec - Skyline Queenstown turns to jelly with the launch of it's new Jelly Belly, Jelly Bean Store.

2012
June - Skyline Enterprises announces it's sixth Luge operation to be built in Tongyeong City, Korea.

2011
Jan - Skyline Queenstown commence a trial season for mountain biking - New Zealand's first Gondola assist bike lift.
Aug - Skyline Enterprises purchases Totally Tourism, an umbrella company that operates iconic tourism brands including The Helicopter Line, Mitre Peak Cruises, Milford Sound Scenic Flights, Queenstown Combos, Challenge Rafting, Harris Mountains Heli-Ski, Air Fiordland, Wanaka Flightseeing and Glacier Helicopters.
Sep - A fifth Luge site is annouced to open for the 2013 summer in Calgary, Canada.
Sep - Skyline Queenstown opens the first official mountain bike season.

2010
Skyline Enterprises go through company re-brand for all Gondola and Luge sites.

2008
Stake sold in the Crown Plaza, Christchurch and Christchurch Casino holdings increased.
2007-2008 financial year, Skyline Enterprises posts a record profit.

2005
Jul - Opening of new $10 million Gondola system in Rotorua.
Sep - Opening of Luge on Sentosa Island, Singapore.

2004
Jul  - Skyline Enterprises invested about $60 million in buying eight prime properties in Central Queenstown.
Agreement reached on Luge project at Sentosa Island, Singapore.

2003
Mountain View Lodge sold.
Jun - Opening of Luge at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.

2000 
Sky Alpine Casino in Queenstown opened.

1999
Oct - Dunedin Casino opened.

1997
Skyline Skyrides Rotorua won the New Zealand Tourism Award in the Activity and Adventure Tourism category.
Queenstown Luge opened.

1994    
Major expansions carried out at Skyline Restaurant, Queenstown.
Christchurch Casino opened.
Barry Thomas awarded the New Zealand Tourism Industry Sir Jack Newman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism.

1988
Mar - Major expansion to the Skyline Bob’s Peak restaurant complex completed.
Mar - In its 25th year, Skyline recorded a record profit of $2.2 million

1987
Jan - Hylton Hensman awarded the Queen’s Service Medal for public service.
Nov - Doppelmayer Gondola, terminals, restaurant and souvenir shop extension opened in Queenstown.

1986
Jun - Skyline awarded the Inbound Tour Operators Council Operator of the Year Award and the New Zealand Tourist Industry Federation Travel Enterprise Award.
Nov - Construction of the new Doppelmayer Gondola began in Queenstown. 

1985
Jan - 25 new units completed at Leisure Lodge, Dunedin.
Mar - Skyline Skyrides in Rotorua opened.
Sep - 18 additional units completed at Blue Peaks Lodge, Queenstown.

1984
Feb - Beginning of construction of Skyline Skyrides, Rotorua. 
May - Skyline Building in Ballarat Street, Queenstown, demolished for building of shopping mall and administration offices.

1981
May - Skyline purchased the balance of Leisure Lodge shares from SIMU.

1978
Aug - Leisure Lodge Motor Inn, Dunedin, completed and operated on a 50/50 basis with SIMU.

1977
Apr - An additional 29 units with lounge and house-bar completed at Mountain View Lodge.
Jun - Hylton Hensman awarded the New Zealand Tourism Industry Sir Jack Newman Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Tourism.

1975
Dec - Subsidiary company Skyline Tours commissioned and operated Blue Peaks Lodge, Queenstown.

1971
Apr - Skyline acquired all shares in Queenstown Tourist Company, operators of Mountain View Lodge.
May - Extensions to the Chalet to form the licensed restaurant at Skyline completed.
Aug - Accommodation and Booking Agents (Queenstown) acquired, giving Skyline a sales office in the heart of Queenstown.

1967
17 Nov - The Queenstown Gondola opened.

1966
19 Apr - Skyline Enterprises incorporated with the purpose of installing a Gondola and restaurant on Bob’s Peak.
Aug - Gondola construction begins.

1964
10 Jan - Chalet on Bob’s Peak opened by Skyline Tours Ltd.

 

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