$50million gondola for Queenstown to Remarkables

Big news in Queenstown today as Alastair Porter from the Porter Group announces plans for a $50million, 9.8km gondola from Queenstown to The Remarkables.

The idea is to set up a Gondola Events Plaza near Remarkables Park Town Centre and to operate the gondola from there up to NZ Ski’s Remarkables new base building. The gondola would have 140 eight seater cabins.

gondola map

It would make it the longest gondola in Australasia and would certainly reduce the intrepid driving traffic on the road to the Remarkables during winter. The gondola would also be used by hikers, mountain bikers and conference guests at the Remarkables Park Town Centre.

The idea is, subject to consent, have the gondola running by 2019.

Submissions have been lodged with the Queenstown Lakes District Council for the project, and a resource consent application would be lodged in early 2016.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.

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