Skyline Enterprises - New Developments
Franz Josef Glacier Gondola
We have recently embarked on an investigation into the development of a gondola system to view the Franz Josef Glacier. Following discussions with the Department of Conservation and other parties, we will now fully study the installation of a gondola in order to make public access to the glacier easier and more affordable.
The Franz Josef Glacier was in a state of advance until 2008 when it began retreating. Following a spectacular collapse of the terminal face in 2012, it is now only accessible by helicopter to land and walk on the Glacier. This prevents many visitors from experiencing the Glacier up close – outside of viewing from the base – unless they take a flight, which is not always an option due to weather conditions and cost.
The investigation will take into account a number of important factors and is dependent on satisfying considerations including environmental mitigation, plus technical and economic feasibility. Skyline will consult a wide range of stakeholders in this regard, including Te Runanga o Makaawhio, Ngai Tahu, Franz Josef Community Council, West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board, Westland District Council, alpine groups, recreational users and all other relevant parties.
View our presentation on the Franz Josef Gondola Project here.
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Skyline Queenstown is investing $60 million into a significant upgrade and expansion 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
- 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.
Find out more on this project here.