Skyline are pioneers of the New Zealand tourism industry, beginning in Queenstown in 1967 with Gondola access to a small tea room on Bob’s Peak. Fast-forward and today, we welcome almost 1,000,000 visitors a year to Skyline Queenstown and the numbers are expected to continue to grow. So, we have begun a project to build for the exciting future we see ahead; a new 10-seat Gondola will whisk people up to Bob’s Peak to a new world-class tourism facility that will offer a range of dining experiences, a purpose-built conference and events centre, a next generation souvenir store and most importantly, an extensive viewing deck from where you will enjoy the only thing we aren’t changing – the view. It is an ambitious project that will take us a few years to complete - welcome to our journey to a new Skyline.
Skyline Queenstown is embarking on a multi-million dollar project to expand the iconic Queenstown Gondola. A new Gondola with 10-seat cabins will replace the 4-seat cabins that have climbed Bob's Peak since 1967. A stunning new base terminal building and a major expansion of the restaurant complex will deliver a world-class experience to the many visitors to Queenstown.
As well as a complete redevelopment of the Skyline upper complex and brand new bottom entry terminal, the project will see the current four-seat gondola system replaced with a state-of-the-art 10-seat gondola and a new five-storey car park near the base terminal.
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 car park
- Expand the number of seats in Stratosfare Restaurant from 330 to 650 with multiple dining options
- New café
- Expanded retail operations
- Expand the viewing deck from 68sqm to 486sqm
- Almost double the capacity for conferences to cater to more than 700 delegates
This is a major project for Skyline and for Queenstown and will take some time to complete. We expect to start work in mid-2019, preparing for the construction phase that will begin at the end of 2019.
The construction program is being planned so that there is minimal disruption to the current operations. The current Gondola will continue to operate for the next couple of years as the new Gondola is constructed alongside. During this time, visitors to Skyline will continue to enjoy all the facilities and activities that are currently on offer.