38 Years and millions of visits later
Passengers from around the world have been boarding the Gondolas since 1985 and the ride hasn’t stopped since.
Skyline’s story began in 1981, when Skyline Enterprises founder Hylton Hensman purchased farmland on the city side of Mt Ngongotaha. On 10 March 1985 Skyline Skyrides Rotorua was officially opened and in the past 30 years of operation, the attraction has had more than eight million visitors ride the Gondolas.
Many Kiwis will have fond childhood memories of riding the Gondolas for the first time – for many it was, and still is, a quintessential part of growing up in New Zealand.
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The History of Skyline Rotorua
After running a successful South Island Gondola, Skyline decided that it was time for expansion.
1984 - Construction begins
1985 - Skyline Skyrides Rotorua was officially opened
1987 - World’s first Luge track opens
1997 - Skyline Rotorua wins New Zealand Tourism Award
2000 - Skyswing opens
2005 - New $10 million dollar 8-seater Gondola installed
2012 - Market Kitchen, Jelly Belly Store and Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting Room open
2013 - Celebrates the 15 Millionth Luge rider in Rotorua & Food Market Kitchen renovation
2014 - Skyline Rotorua Gravity Park opens, Nature Trails developed, Zoom Zipline is launched and a $2 million dollar renovated Stratosfare Restaurant opens
2015 - Skyline Rotorua turns 30 years old. Crankworx Rotorua is hosted at Skyline with custom-built tracks and courses
Our team of Skyliners make the fun possible.
We’re brave, we care and we do everything we can to bring real fun to the world and make people smile. Our values continue to guide us to deliver the world-class guest experience we’re known for, making Skyline a great place to work and visit.
Experiences for everyone.
Whoever you are, whatever mood you’re in - we have something for you.