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Skyline Queenstown releases staggering stats

Skyline Queenstown releases staggering stats

October 27, 2017. For immediate release.

Seventeen million gondola rides, 12 million Luge experiences, 850,000 pints of beer, 350,000 rotisserie chickens, 65 tonnes of coffee beans – these staggering statistics have all been enjoyed by Skyline Queenstown’s millions of domestic and international visitors in the last 50 years.

New Zealand’s most-visited tourist attraction, Skyline Queenstown, has released a fascinating collection of figures as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in November with ‘Fifty Years of Fun’ competitions and community-focused events.

Skyline Enterprises chairman Mark Quickfall says the 50-year milestone has sparked an interest in the company’s secrets to success – the pioneering tourism operator is now present in four countries; New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and Canada, and more than 40 million Luge rides have been completed globally.

“Skyline Queenstown introduced New Zealand’s first gondola system in 1967 and the first gondola travelled up Bob’s Peak in November that year,” he says. “Since then, the company has grown exponentially and what began as a small but ambitious operation has now expanded into a multinational tourism company.”

Skyline Queenstown now employs 240 staff from 32 different countries and remains operational seven days a week, 365 days a year. Its gondola has completed more than two million laps and its world-famous Luge now has a capacity of 940 riders per hour.

Quickfall attributes Skyline’s success to its dedicated staff over the past 50 years and its commitment to new technology and innovation.

“Continual innovation is crucial – that’s why we are now investing in a new gondola and an upgraded restaurant, as well as being constantly on the lookout for new ideas and new technology. That’s how the business started back in the 1960s and those are still the core principles we operate on today,” he says.

Philanthropy is another core value of the company, which gives back more than $70,000 to the Queenstown community each year through a variety of projects ranging from wilding conifer control to sports sponsorship and funding bee hives at the local primary school.

Sustainability is also an important focus and Skyline Queenstown has received a Qualmark Enviro Gold Award after creating more than 30 initiatives targeted at making its facility a cleaner, greener and more socially cohesive place to work and visit.

Skyline Queenstown Sustainable Development Team chairman and food and beverage manager Pierre Poyet says: “We compacted 23 tonnes of cardboard last year which we sent to Oji Fibre Solutions for recycling. Our new food digester has also exceeded expectations by diverting 3.1 tonnes of food waste away from landfill in its first full month of utilisation.”

The timing of Skyline Queenstown’s 50th anniversary couldn’t be more poignant as it begins a significant $100 million redevelopment, including a state-of-the-art 10-seat gondola and complex expansion.

“As we nod to the history of Skyline and its achievements over the last 50 years, we’re also looking forward to commencing our redevelopment project to ensure it remains New Zealand’s leading leisure facility for the next 50 years,” adds Quickfall.

Celebratory events include a Kids Go Free morning at Skyline’s top complex from 10am-12noon on November 11 – activities on the day include balloon-making, face painting and $6 Luge rides. There will also be $1 ice-creams available and all children travel up the gondola free of charge for the event.

Skyline Queenstown will also be hosting a special locals’ day on November 18, with 50% off all gondola and Luge rides for Queenstown residents who supply proof of address. Highlights of the day include a fantastic display of Skyline memorabilia and $1 birthday cake in the Market Kitchen.

To top off the celebrations, Skyline Queenstown will be offering 50% off the purchase of all Gondola Annual Pass cards for their birthday month of November – GAP cards entitle the holder to unlimited free gondola rides all year round, as well as exclusive discounts on all Skyline activities, products and restaurants.



For further information, please contact:
Skyline Enterprises Chairman Mark Quickfall – +64 27 433 6576,

About Skyline Queenstown

With 220-degree panoramic views spanning from Coronet Peak to the Remarkables mountain range and across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak and Cecil Peak, there is no better place to experience the beauty of Queenstown than Skyline Queenstown at the top of Bob’s Peak. Skyline Queenstown is a fun park for all ages and stages and all levels of adrenalin. Skyline Queenstown offers unforgettable family fun – whether it be luging, mountain biking, or walking as well as a range of dining and relaxing options amongst some of the world’s greatest scenery. For more information, please visit the Skyline Queenstown website.

About the Skyline Queenstown gondola development project
As the tourism company prepares to mark its 50th year of operation in 2017, Skyline’s development project involves: Replacing its existing four-seat gondola system with a quieter, more efficient 10-seat Doppelmayr gondola system; expanding the capacity of its restaurant, Stratosfare, from 330 seats to 650 in a flexible configuration for multiple dining options; expanding the panoramic viewing deck from 68sq m to 430sqm and almost doubling its capacity for conferences and events to cater for up to 1000 delegates in purpose-built facilities. The project is a $100 million development, driven by accommodating anticipated growth in visitor numbers to Queenstown over the next 30 years. For more information, please visit the Skyline Gondola development website.

About Skyline Enterprises
Skyline Enterprises is a pioneering New Zealand-owned company that owns and operates a diverse range of businesses: gondola, luge and related food and beverage operations; international luge operations, adventure, aviation and marine activities; casino and entertainment operations; accommodation businesses and ownership and rental of Queenstown commercial properties. Established in 1966, Skyline Enterprises is based in Queenstown with operations throughout New Zealand and internationally in Canada, Singapore and South Korea. The Skyline Enterprises board of directors are: Mark Quickfall (chairman), Donald Jackson, Richard Thomas, Grant Hensman, Jan Hunt and Sarah Ottrey. For more information, please visit

Rebecca Williamson
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