Skyline Enterprises - New Developments

Skyline has a bold plan for the future growth of the company.  The major development projects we are engaged in are listed here.


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 Re-development

Artists impression of bottom terminal

Skyline Queenstown is investing $100 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
  • 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.

The project is expected to take a number of years to complete.  The Luge chairlift is being constructed over the summer of 2017/18 with the rest of the project being in the consenting phase as of January 2018.

Find out more on this project here.


Skyline Luge Busan

Skyline Luge Busan


The successful entry into the Korean market is being followed up with a second Luge development in Korea's second largest city, Busan.  Skyline Luge Busan will be the first attraction developed in a major theme park, shopping and hotel development.

Site works begin late 2018 with an expected completion by late 2019.


O'Connell's Pavilion Re-development

OConnells Redevelopment Concept Image

O'Connell's Pavilion is a key asset in Skyline's property portfolio.  Opened in 1988 on a site originally occupied by O'Connell's Hotel has been the retail centre of Queenstown for 30 years.  

Each of the Pavilion’s four floors will be modified to retain a mix of retail and commercial spaces, as well as keeping the ground floor food court.  The concept plans have been designed by acclaimed Queenstown architect Preston Stevens of McAuliffe Stevens.

Changes to the building’s exterior have presented several opportunities, including: Creating a new customer entry off Cow Lane; providing customers direct access to Beach Street stores as well as the building (from Beach Street); upgrading the entries off Camp and Beach Street’s and review the elevations along Beach St and Cow Lane to make it more accessible from the street.

It is likely there will also be a new ‘feature’ public lift between the food court and level three, inside the atrium.

We expect to lodge a building consent application in early 2018, followed by a resource consent application. It’s expected the main construction period would begin in May 2019, with the building complete in late 2020.

The O’Connell’s Pavilion redevelopment is Skyline Properties’ second major commercial building project in central Queenstown in recent years. In 2016, the company opened the iconic mixed-use Eichardt’s Building on Marine Parade – complementing the area’s luxury precinct.