It's been a while since we brought you any kind of update on the Gondola situation in Queenstown but I just checked out Skyline's site and it looks as if everything is on track! Skyline are building a new ticketing window (to keep bikes separate from sightseeing walkers I'm guessing), and at the top terminal riders will unload their bikes and exit directly via an electronic door and elevated walkway to the rear of the terminal and a new bike area. The Skyline Gondola will be open for bikes from Monday 24th January–Sunday 29th May 2011 (but will be closed Easter). Prices aren't too bad, well single uplifts are pretty heavy at $30 a pop, but you can get a season pass for $475 (full list of prices below) which is pretty sweet for over four months of riding. Register for passes by e-mailing mtb@skyline.co.nz, more info after the jump

Mountain Biking season dates

Monday 24th January - Sunday 29th May 2011

(Closed to Mt Bikes over Easter 22nd - 28th April 2011)

Open daily 10.00am - 8.00pm

NB: Timings may change during the season according to demand

Products & Pricing Adult Youth
Single up hill Gondola ride (incl bike) $30.00 $30.00
Day Pass $70.00 $60.00
3 Day Pass (used in a week) $165.00 $135.00
5 Day Pass (used in a month) $250.00 $200.00
Season Pass $475.00 $375.00

Adult - 15 Years +

Youth - 5 - 14 Years & must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian (18 Years or older).

NB: The above products will not be available to children under 5 years Mountain Bike Season pass holder benefits: FREE Gondola (additional to MTB access) 25% off Gondola photo albulms 20% off Gondola (for up to 3 friends when accompanying cardholder) 20% off Kiwi Haka 20% off 2,3 & 5 ride Luge packages 15% off Souvenir shop items 15% off Luge photos 10% off Restaurant buffet dinner/lunch & beverage 10% off Cafe food & beverage