Skyline Gondola and Restaurant, Queenstown
The view from the gondola is quite awesome.
As the gondola ascend from the station you can feel it climbling up the steep slope. We began clicking the camera. The ride down is more pleasant and it feels as if you are crashing down into the forest.
We caught some sheep on the way and of cos the bungy & swing station and the beautiful Queenstown.
When you are at the exit of the gondola, there is a souvenier package of NZ$40 for you to purchase. It is the photograph of your Gondola ride. We find it a bit steep.
As it started to drizzle, we ordered something light before we head back to our backpackers.
Take a look at the menu. There are lots of varieties to choose from. Snacks, burgers, drinks, alcoholic beverages, salad bar and grill options. The prices at the cafe are reasonable and affordable.
You could enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown if you take any of the window seats
It is a great place to shop for souveniers to bring a piece of NZ back to your family and friends.
My favourite are the Soft Toys where I could cuddle them to take some pics! You can find the kiwi’s and sheep in all shapes and sizes.
T-Shirts, Knitwear, beauty products, Jade, Paua Shell Jewellery, New Zealand Books, Teatowels, Paua Ornaments, Placemat & Coaster Sets, Coffee Mugs & Shot Glasses, posters, postcards, keychains can be purchased at this shop.
Just outside the cafe you will find a few paragliding instructor trying to get you to do the tandem paragliding with them.
You could have an adrenaline rush even without doing the ledge bungy jump from the top of the Skyline Gondola.
A tandem paragliding would cost about NZ$185. And it comes with a roll of pictures that the instructor takes for you while you are up there. Do give it a try if you could afford it and have the guts to do it.
I didnt have the guts and was eventually saved by the slight drizzling and the instructors started to pack up.
The Ledge Bungy & Swing
You dont have to go out of Queenstown to do your bungy jump. You can do your urban bungy jump here at the top of the Skyline Gondola. It is 400m above Queenstown. You could do it anytime of the day or even night.
Unfortunately, there werent any bungy jumper on that day else we could observe the jump at the outdoor viewing decks, gondola or at the Skyline Bar.
The Skyline provide unlimited free chairlift rides.
The 2 seater chairlift takes both the riders and their luge carts back to the top of the hill.
For those who have purchase more than one ride on the luge, they need not walk up using the athe walking track.
Take a few rides on the chairlift because its free and one trip is never enough.
A Gondola ride is a must do activity in Queenstown. You could purchase a single gondola ticket or combo package at the Skyline counter.
And remember to smile for the camera crew at the Skyline Gondola so that you could purchase the souvenier back.
The gondola is one of the steepest gondola that carries its visitors 400m above Queenstown to the Skyline complex located on Bob's Peak.Even if you are scared of heights just like me, you will be amazed by the sceneries and you will enjoy this short journey on the gondola.
Each cabin takes 4 passenger at a price of NZ$19 (prices are increasing).
To get to the luge you have to go up the gondola. I HATE heights but I really wanted to go up, so I had to be brave.
Once you get to the top you can go down the luge, or just look around. We got a ticket that included the gondola up and down, and five goes on the luge. It was about $30.
At first the luge was a bit scary (I have been on it before too), but by the second go it was fine. They make you go down the easy slope the first time, so if you want to go hard out, make sure you buy at least two tickets.
When in Queenstown you should ride the Gondola to the top where you are afforded wonderful views.
The view down to Lake Wakatipu is spectacular, and not to be missed.
You can also see over to the "Remarkables" - a range of hills.
Paragliders may be taking off for a thrilling "ride", and you can also watch the folk on the luge.
The Skyline Gondola towers over Queenstown so you can't miss it really! If you want awesome aerial views (without the cost of a helicopter) then I suggest to anyone that they should make a trip up the hill. What we actually did was walk up through a track in the forest and then took the Gondola down so that we got the best of both worlds. The information centre in town was excellent at offering advice on the best way to walk up the hill. It takes about an hour and takes quite a bit of physical effort but is worth it!
The link below will take you to the Skyline site with further information on the cost of the Gondola. There is a restaurant and luge at the top also.
A must in Queenstown is to take the gondola up to the top of the mountains to get a panoramic view of the town. It's located alongside a large lake surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range -- very pretty (although Rotorua's gondola ride offers more beautiful view).
There is a cafe on the top with a wonderful vista over the town and lake. They also have bungy jumping, tandem para-gliding and luge from up there.
Even if you don't try the luge or have dinner in the buffet restaurant, you should definitely take a trip up to Bob's Peak on the Skyline Gondola. The view is breathtaking. There are a couple souvenir shops that have anything you might collect but of course, as with any other tourist spot...the prices are a little expensive.
We got our picture taken as we got into the gondola and actually purchased it when we got back to the bottom as the attendant gave us a huge discount because we were on our honeymoon. Those kiwis, there they go again...being ultra nice!
We caught some sheep and mountain goats having a snack below us as we traveled up.
If you are looking for a spectacular view of Queenstown you just have to visit the Skyline complex.
Take a ride in the Gondola and enjoy the great views on the way up ( and back). When you get close to the bungy jumping platform you might see a jumper rush past your gondola screaming their lungs out.
Once at the top head to the Observation Deck. The views are stunning and we could see for miles and miles.
There are numerous activities to do from taking a luge ride, doing the bungy or even para-penting (looked like loads of fun) or for the non adventurous (like me ) you can just kick back with a coffee and snack and enjoy the views.
There is a popular restaurant up here as well.
Be sure to take the Skyline Gondola (Approx $17NZD) to the top to view Queenstown from the top. One can clearly see the mountain formations that are carved from the last ice age. It is definitely promises fantastic pictures for the avid photographer. Good time to go up would be early in the morning. This is the time when the clouds are low hanging above the lake and this makes Queenstown exhibit a heavenly like quality. Plus, there is opportunities up there for you to try the Luge (Approx $6NZD per ride) as well as tandem para gliding. Luge is bob-sledding on a concrete track. tandem para gliding (Approx $185NZD per ride - comes with a roll of pictures that the instructor takes for you while you are up there) involves making a jump with an instructor with a parachute and sailing down to Queenstown below riding the drift and thermals.
The Skyline Gondola is a small cabin that is hoisted to the top of Bob's Peak with a cable. The ride only takes a few minutes and the views are great. Once on top, there is a buffet restaurant, a luge track, and probably one of the best views in the world (Queenstown & The Remarkables).
The gondola runs every day. Prices for the gondola are NZ$17 for adults and $7 for children. If eating at the restaurant, the prices for lunch are $46 for adults and $20.50 for children, and for dinner are $59 for adults and $26.50 for children. The gondola ride is included in the meal price.