Queenstown tourism giant Skyline’s been given the go-ahead for its multi-million dollar redevelopment project.
In a statement Skyline announced the Environment Court had granted resource consent approval for the project, which includes an expansion of the upper complex, a new gondola system and new lower terminal building on Brecon Street.
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 NZ’s most popular leisure facilities, but as one of the world’s top leisure tourism attractions.”
According to the statement, Skyline 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 will increase the capacity for gondola passengers at the base terminal.
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.
The viewing deck will also be significantly increased from 68m2 to 430m2.
Detailed planning is already 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,” Rose says.
”As we move forward with the project, we plan to keep everyone informed, every step of the way.”