Skyline

In 1967 Skyline had been running VWvans up to Bob’s Peak for four years. The tourists were having a fun, albeit bumpy, ride but the repairs and maintenance costs on the vans were taking a serious toll on the fledgling...

Iconic attraction’s back

By TRACEY ROXBURGH After 11 long years, the gates to Queenstown’s Deer Park Heights will lift again for the public from next week. The iconic Peninsula Hill, at Kelvin Heights, has been in the Mee family since the 1960s and, till 2009,...

Trail on track

By GUY WILLIAMS Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike trail near Lakes Hayes Estate. The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend and Jenny Carter,...
By MATTHEW MCKEW TOURISM workers are beavering away on three pilots projects that could be the prelude to a new dawn for Queenstown employment. Workers from AJ Hackett Bungy, Go Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Skyline and more have been...
For a guy who was rejected from hospo jobs in Canada because he was told he "wasn't really a people person", Chris Dickson's done alright for himself. He talks to TRACEY ROXBURGH about his plans to support Queenstown Chris Dickson knows all too...

Goodbye to an icon

After almost 35 years as an iconic steak and seafood restaurant in Queenstown Mall, Britannia is changing course. Operator Future Bars, which also owns Rhino's Ski Shack below, is closing it at the end of this month then turning it...

‘Faecal Peak’

Department of Conservation's dithering over a loo on Ben Lomond as the shit literally keeps piling up. More than 30,000 people a year are walking the trail up the 1748m mountain behind Queenstown. As the hordes increase, the area's becoming increasingly...

Making tracks overseas

Queenstown-based Skyline Enterprises stretches its tentacles, or rather, its luges, as far as Quebec, as Philip Chandler found during a recent holiday in Canada. After surviving a luge ride, he checked out how it's tracking It might seem odd that...

Cull of the cups

Major Queenstown tourism player Skyline has ditched single-use cups throughout its entire local operation. The hilltop attraction has boarded the gondola-ride towards reducing its environmental footprint, and staff estimate the initiative could divert some 160,000 takeaway cups away from landfill...

Now it’s night luging!

Tourism giant Skyline is gearing up to light up the night. As of Saturday, visitors will be able to race around the luge track at night thanks to 225 newly-installed lights and 5.5km of cabling. The project has been more than...
Keen horsewoman Jan Hunt has taken up the reins as Skyline Enterprises' first female chair. The locally-raised 61-year-old, who rode high in her hotel career, discusses her track gallops with Philip Chandler. Appointed this month as chair of iconic Queenstown-based...
A major Luma exhibition will light up the night in Auckland, thanks to a funding boost. And SILO's Simon Holden says the new partnership could be the catalyst for Queenstown work to be displayed overseas. Bright Nights, an Auckland-based light festival,...
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