Project Overview

Skyline Queenstown is investing in excess of $100 million to build a brand new 10-seater gondola and iconic new base terminal building, as well as undergo a major expansion of its upper complex, in order to accommodate the anticipated growth in visitor numbers to Queenstown over the next 30 years and improve the overall guest experience.

Skyline Queenstown is investing over $100million into a significant upgrade of its facilities - a one in 30-year project!

As well as a complete redevelopment of the Skyline upper complex and brand new bottom entry terminal, the project will see the current four-seater gondola system replaced with a state-of-the-art 10-seater gondola and replacement of the Luge chairlift.

Proposed developments include:

  • Replace the existing four-seat gondola with a 10-seat gondola
  • Build a new, larger base terminal to accommodate the bigger gondola cabins
  • Build a multi-story carpark alongside the Gondola base terminal
  • Expand the number of seats in Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar from 330 to 650 in a flexible configuration for multiple dining options
  • New Market Kitchen café
  • Expanded retail operations
  • Replace the existing Luge two-seater chairlift with a four-seat chair
  • Expand the viewing deck from 68sq m to 526sq m
  • Almost double the capacity for conferences to cater for up to 770 delegates


More than 800,000 people use the gondola each year, and the current system is, at times, reaching its capacity of 1100 guests per hour. The new 10-seat gondola is expected to take up to 3000 guests per hour, with the number of gondola users projected to nearly double by 2030.

The development will benefit every gondola user – whether they’re coming up to enjoy the incredible scenery from the viewing deck, access world-class mountain biking trails and other tourism businesses or experience Skyline Queenstown’s famous Luge, great hospitality and star-gazing.

In 2017, Skyline Queenstown celebrated 50 years of gondola operations. This development project is designed to future-proof Skyline Queenstown as a premium tourist attraction for many years to come, as well as cutting down wait times at the base terminal and improving the overall guest experience.

The project has begun with the installation of a new Luge chairlift over the summer, to be commissioned in May 2018.  There is also preparatory work being conducted in the forest to provide a wider corridor for the larger Gondola.