Skyline Queenstown

Chamber lends support

By TRACEY ROXBURGH QUEENSTOWN'S Chamber of Commerce has opened up membership to businesspeople who've been made redundant in the past three months, and owners who've had to close or hibernate their businesses. The free 12-month memberships are being supported by Westpac. 'WeAreCommunity'...
By PHILIP CHANDLER Even local business leaders aren't immune to job losses in this Covid-19-induced tourism crisis. Skyline Queenstown commercial manager Craig Douglas is among the 50 per cent-plus of Skyline Enterprises' 1200 or so staff made redundant across its New Zealand...
By PHILIP CHANDLER A Queenstown park for rare birds and reptiles is critically endangered itself. Opened 34 years ago, Kiwi Birdlife Park's a widely-acclaimed conservation park entirely funded by visitors, who of course stopped coming when the Covid-19 lockdown happened in...

In love at first tweet

Romance has blossomed between the two newest inhabitants of Queenstown's Kiwi Birdlife Park. In the latest addition to the park's breed-for-release programme, a pair of South Island kaka arrived at the park in October from Invercargill's Bushhaven wildlife centre. Park manager...
A RESORT lawyer's calling for consistency after authorities say rockfall from Ben Lomond's a risk to a planned car park building – but not for Queenstown's council's neighbouring Lakeview development. Skyline Enterprises was back before the Environment Court this week...

New CEO’s view from the top

How does someone who's spent most of their working life in pharmaceuticals end up running a Queenstown-based tourism giant? Boss Geoff McDonald discusses his job switch with Philip Chandler on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Skyline Queenstown's...
No one knows Skyline Queenstown's present-day gondolas better than David Glanfield. When the former Aucklander joined the company as a gondola operator in January, 1987, it was still running the original multi-coloured 'bubble' cabins installed 20 years earlier. In September that year,...
What does it take to build a top-notch mountain bike trail? Tools, time and a truckload of toil. Louise Scott tags along to Queenstown Mountain Bike Club dig night – to see vollies in action A simple finger calculation shows a...

50 years in numbers

Since it launched back in 1967, Skyline reckons more than 17 million people have ridden its gondola to get a bird's-eye view of Queenstown. The tourism giant celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And ahead of the celebrations, it's crunched the...

Chamber ready for fight

Queenstown's chamber of commerce president says the resort would be "crippled" without foreign workers. Richard Thomas is hopeful the new government will take a regional approach to immigration, despite promising to slash net migration. "They can't take an Auckland-like approach to...
Making moves towards sustainable living is the aim of 'The Women's Summit' in Queenstown next Friday. Organised by Sustainable Queenstown, formerly Anti-Plastic Population, the summit comprises four-minute speeches from 10 local women, a short Q&A session, intermingling and a silent...
The big 5-0 is fast approaching for tourist giant Skyline Queenstown. Pitched as New Zealand's most-visited tourist attraction, it's asking locals to get on board to help it celebrate. The birthday bash includes a 50 Years of Fun campaign that will...
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