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Skyline Queenstown plans New Zealand’s first suspended viewing cube
One of New Zealand’s most photographed views is set to become even more popular with Skyline Queenstown announcing plans to build the country’s first suspended viewing cube.
The tourism operator has today (11th May) applied for resource consent to build the glass cube off Skyline Queenstown’s famous viewing deck, at the top of Bob’s Peak.
The 1 metre-wide, 1 metre-deep and 2 metre-tall ‘cube’ will give guests the feeling of being suspended in mid-air as they look out towards the Remarkables mountain range, the Crown Range and over Lake Wakatipu to Cecil Peak, while standing directly above the Skyline Queenstown luge track.
Designed in conjunction with well-known engineer Derek Chinn, of Bartlett Consulting, the project will be a significant engineering feat in order to achieve the sense of mid-air suspension with glass.
Announcing the attraction, Skyline Queenstown General Manager Lyndon Thomas explained “the number one reason our guests visit Skyline Queenstown is for the incredible view and most of our guests will take a photo from the viewing deck.
“We want them to feel a part of the view by providing them with a unique opportunity to enjoy the natural landscape, and we believe the addition of the viewing cube will do just that.
“We want to create lasting memories of our guests’ trips to Skyline Queenstown and we are working hard to add value and create new products and experiences that cover a broad spectrum of our customer demographics.”
The design was inspired by the ‘Step into the Void’ installation at the Aiguille du Midi in Mont Blanc and Thomas believes Skyline Queenstown’s glass cube will be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
With the resource consent application now lodged with Queenstown Lakes District Council, the operator is aiming to complete construction by the end of the year.
The viewing cube development is the latest in a string of recent additions and upgrades at Skyline Queenstown, following purpose-built mountain-bike trails, the Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar rebrand launch, Market Kitchen and a mini diggers attraction for children.
For more information go to www.skyline.co.nz
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