February, 2019Skyline Queenstown has received the green light to proceed with a
monumental, multi-million-dollar redevelopment project.
The Environment Court has granted resource consent approval for
Skylines ambitious project, which includes an expansion of the upper
complex, a new state-of-the-art gondola system and new lower terminal
building on Brecon St. Consent to build a five-storey, 449-space car park
near the base terminal has also been approved.
Skyline Queenstown general manager Wayne Rose says they are thrilled
with the decision and look forward to developing a world-class facility
that New Zealanders can be proud of.
This is a fantastic result for the Queenstown community and the New
Zealand tourism industry as a whole, he says. This project is vital to
ensure we cater to the demand of our visitors, as well as providing a
premium facility that Queenstown locals can use and enjoy. It will
enable us to step into the future not only as one of NZs most popular
leisure facilities, but as one of the worlds top leisure tourism
Skyline Enterprises chairman Mark Quickfall adds: The resource
consent approval is one of the first steps in an exciting development
and we would like to acknowledge the efforts our teams have put in to
accomplish this. The planners, architects, consultants, legal team,
neighbouring businesses in particular the Kiwi Birdlife Park as well as
the submitters who provided support for the project have all been
integral in achieving a successful outcome.
Skyline Queenstown has been working closely with neighbouring
businesses, particularly Kiwi Birdlife Park to minimise disruption to the
kiwis and the park throughout the redevelopment.
The redevelopment of Skyline Queenstown which is home to the iconic
Gondola, Luge, viewing deck and mountain biking tracks on Bobs Peak
will increase the capacity for gondola passengers at the base terminal
and improve the overall guest experience with additional services and
New 10-seat Doppelmayr cabins will be installed, and the new-and-
improved complex will also feature a 650-seat restaurant with a flexible
configuration for multiple dining options, conference facilities to
accommodate more than 700 guests, a new café and additional retail
space. Since Skylines inception, the primary motivation for visitors to
the attraction has been to see the iconic view. To cater for this
popularity, the viewing deck will be significantly increased from 68m2
to 430m2, offering even more angles to capture what is possibly the
most-photographed view in the southern hemisphere.
Detailed planning is already well underway to incorporate the
conditions identified in the resource consent approval. Pre-construction
site works will begin in the coming months with the first construction
activity scheduled for later this year.
The feedback we have received on the redevelopment from the wider
Queenstown community, the New Zealand tourism industry and our
stakeholders and many customers has been overwhelmingly positive and
we are grateful for the support, adds Rose. As we move forward with
the project, we plan to keep everyone informed, every step of the
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