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Skyline Queenstown to expand famous viewing deck in multi-million dollar expansion

Skyline Queenstown will be expanding its viewing deck, among other expansions, in a multi-million-dollar redevelopment project.

Skyline Enterprise outlined what the "ambitious project" entails in a statement released today after the Environment Court granted the company resource consent.

As well as the expansion of the upper complex, a new gondola system and five-storey car park near the base of the terminal has also been approved.

According to the release, "new 10-seat Doppelmayr gondola cabins will be installed, and the new-and-improved complex will also feature a 650-seat restaurant with a flexible configuration for multiple dining options, conference facilities to accommodate more than 700 guests, a new café and additional retail space".

"The viewing deck will be significantly increased from 68m2 to 430m2, offering even more angles to capture what is possibly the most-photographed view in the southern hemisphere."

Skyline Queenstown says it has been working closely with neighbouring businesses, particularly Kiwi Birdlife Park, to minimise disruption to the kiwis and the park throughout the redevelopment.

Artists rendition of new Queenstown Skyline viewing platform. Source: Supplied