Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand, Triples Capacity

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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The new 10-seater Skyline Gondola cabins. | Picture: Skyline Gondola Facebook Page

The Skyline Gondola in Queenstown, New Zealand, received an upgrade during the autumn, resulting in a tripling of capacity, from previously 1,000 passengers an hour to 3,000 passengers an hour. The upgrade also included 10 new towers, a new cableway and new bottom and top gondola terminals, and tree-felling on the hillside.

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Queenstown Luge from the top of the Bob’s Peak. | Picture: Skyline Queenstown Facebook Page

The gondola is located in Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand and offers stunning views of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Walter and Cecil Peak and, of course, Queenstown. The ride is the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere and ascends 480m (1,604 ft) above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak. There is also a Luge ride at the top and the Stratosfare Restaurant which is open for lunch and dinner.

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The Queenstown Luge is open year round. | Picture: Skyline Queenstown Facebook Page

On April 22, 2023, the last 4-seat Gondola cabin descended Bob’s Peak after 36 years. All 36 Gondola cabins were removed from the cableway and replaced with new 10-seat Gondola cabins by Key Construction Partners Naylor Love and Austrian lift company Doppelmayr. Replacement of the old cabins was finalized in June and the Skyline reopened this weekend on June 30, 2023, one day ahead of schedule.

Queenstown is the gate to many of New Zealand’s most famous ski resorts, Cadrona, Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.

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The old 4-seater cabins of the Skyline Gondola were replaced, and the old cabins retired. | Picture: Skyline Queenstown Facebook Page

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