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Project Skyline

All you need to know about our history, phases of construction and key dates.

Render image of the new Skyline base building

We changed things UP!

Project Skyline unfolds in four key phases from 2019 to December 2028. In Phase 1 (2019 to April 2023), the foundations were set to kick off this exciting development. Phase 2 (April to June 2023) marked “The Big Changeover,” where we introduced a new Gondola and began work on upgrading both terminals. Phase 3 (July 2023 to March 2024) involves the re-opening of the complex with upgraded terminals and the completion of the remaining work. Looking ahead, Phase 4 (August 2023 to December 2028) signifies “The Big Upgrade,” with continuous enhancements to redefine Queenstown’s skyline and visitor experience.

Phase 1

Getting ready for THE BIG CHANGEOVER  began in 2019 through to April 2023

Key milestones of Phase 1:

  • Forestry excavation in the Gondola corridor
  • Rock retention in the Gondola corridor
  • Base Terminal and car park building rock excavation
  • New Gondola tower foundations installed

Phase 2

The beginning of THE BIG CHANGEOVER began April 2023 through to June 2023

Key milestones of Phase 2:

  • Removed existing Gondola terminals and towers
  • Constructed Base Terminal machine hall and back of house
  • Established a temporary ticketing building at the base terminal
  • Constructed top Gondola terminal building

Phase 3

Finishing up THE BIG CHANGEOVER began July 2023 through to March 2024

Key milestones of Phase 3:

  • Completed the construction of the base terminal ticketing hall
  • Completing car park construction
  • Brecon St land and streetscaping
  • Grand opening of the base terminal and the carpark

Phase 4

THE BIG UPGRADE began in August 2023 and goes through to December 2028

Key Milestones 

  • Top complex extension started in August 2023.
  • Top complex extension complete December 2025.
  • Demolition of the existing top complex starts in January 2026.
  • The rebuild starts April 2026 and is complete in December 2028.