The new Curvey Basin chairlift was opened this month at The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown, with deputy Prime Minister, Bill English praising the “significant” investment at the official opening.

The new high-speed six-seater chairlift, which carries 2800 people per hour and takes just seven minutes to travel the 1.2km line, is part of a substantial $45m investment at the ski area which also includes road re-alignment, sealing of the lower access road, trail developments, expansion of the snow making system, and extended car parking.

A new base building will also be delivered as part of the investment.

“They’ve done a fantastic job, and every dollar invested brings more jobs and more people to Queenstown and throughout the region, not just in the industry,” Mr English said.

“It’s great that NZSki has had the confidence to go forward with this scale of investment that has lifted the quality of the product and the government is pleased with this investment.

“This is how the economy grows.

“The company is delivering a special Queenstown and Remarkables experience that’s helping to persuade all those Aussies to get over here and delivering a great experience for all their customers.”