First things first if you’re thinking about heading up the Skyline Gondola & Luge, do NOT forget your camera. If you do, you will seriously be kicking yourself.
The Skyline Gondola & Luge is a must-do when visiting the adventure capital of New Zealand. Nestled in the hillside above Queenstown you’ll spy the Skyline Gondola. Perched on top of Bob’s Peak, the attraction can be spotted from loads of locations around Queenstown.
The world famous Gondola allows punters to enjoy a multitude of activities from exhilarating downhill luge rides to leisurely lunches in the Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar, extreme Downhill Mountain Biking, checking out the Jelly Bean store and more. The Skyline has something for everyone to enjoy.
Prices and packages vary for each individual heading up to the top. A return gondola ride is $35 per adult and prices from there increase as you add luge rides, dinner, a Kiwi Haka experience or stargazing.
On a smashing, blue sky day there’s nowhere else you would rather be than consuming the unbeatable panoramic view of Queenstown, including Coronet Peak to the north, The Remarkables to the east and across Lake Wakatipu to Cecil and Walter Peaks in the southwest.
After floating up the hill in the gondola to the peak, one of the first things you should do after taking in the incredible view, is head down the path to the luge chairlift, grab a helmet and head on up the lift to the start line of the luge.
Heading up to the luge in the morning is definitely recommended to beat the pesky lines. In Queenstown’s peak seasons, lines are almost unavoidable. The staff up at Skyline Gondola & Luge do try to make the experience flow smoothly for everyone and create fast moving lines. So most of the time only a little bit of patience is needed.
While on the chairlift to the start line of the luge you will be left gawking at even more stunning views panoramic views.
When you get to the start line there are two lines for punters to line up in. One line is for those who are about to embark on their first-time luge experience ever or their first luge of the day. The luge instructors give you a quick lesson on driving the luge (which are just plastic carts on wheels) or a refresher if you’ve done it before but it’s your first of the day.
Driving the luge is super simple. Pull forward to go, let go slightly to brake. The driving instructions are on stickers straight in front of you on the cart if you do forget.
The second line you can line up in is for those who have already done at least one luge ride that day. From the second line, you can choose to take the easy or advanced track, with the majority of those in that line opting for the advanced as it is a bit more exciting than the beginner’s track.
After rip-roaring down the luge track a few times (trust us, once is never enough!) a bite to eat is always craved.
The Stratosfare Restaurant is the place you will want to grab a bite to eat at. It’s located in the Skyline vicinity and offers a one-of-kind dining experience. The menu is inspired by iconic New Zealand cuisine and infused with international influences. Stratosfare offers something for everyone, fresh seafood, great vegetarian options and saving the best till last, delectable desserts.The Stratosfare Restaurant offers a buffet lunch or dinner option.
Prices for a return gondola ride and food start at $65 for adults.