Skyline Luge, Queenstown
Once your helicopter has landed you will alight at the Skyline Complex and get ready for your 5 Luge rides.
The Skyline Luge is an 800m, winding track set high above Queenstown, situated behind the Skyline Complex.
Two-seater chairlifts take riders and luge carts to the starting point. A walking track also accesses the top of the luge with overhead bridges for the perfect spot take photos.
Departure Times: 8:15am & 1:45pm
Duration: 2.5 hours
Price: NZ$255.00 (Adult), NZ$195.00 (Child)
One of the milder activities available in Queenstown, but still plenty of fun! Take the gondola up to the top, and enjoy a spin down the luge track. Plenty of packages available for as many rides as you would like. A slower (photo friendly) track gives you the feel of the luge, and then you can try your hand at the faster track. We laughed the entire way down! Fun for everyone.
The views from the gondola are absolutely beautiful!
For the less adventurous try the luge at the the top of the Queenstown gondola. The luge is small billy cart type car that you run down a steep track with lots of twists and turns. The scariest thisng about this ride is the chair lift to the top. It costs $7 per go or 2 for $12. Pay at the top of the chair lift.
he scenery's a blur!
Hurtle down a winding downhill track through the trees.
Race through the bends, or pull in for a breather and enjoy the panorama from one of the stopping bays.
Burn it up on the fast track or cruise sedately down the scenic track.
Then hop on the chairlift and do it all again.
Skyline Luge - it's 800 metres of fast-paced freedom.
Once is never enough!
Excerpt from www.skyline.co.nz.
A I can attest, this is a really thrilling ride going down the 'experienced' track where there's little hump right before you go down a steep slope. Furthermore, enjoy the scenery while hurtling down the track. It opens from 9:30am till dusk.
You could purchase combo ticket or single luge ride ticket and decide if you wish to ride on the fast track or cruise down the scenic track.
On the Scenic track, you may luge leisurely down the gentle gradient and easy bends and even opportunities for you to stop by and pose for a picture and enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown.
The scenic track is compulsory before you are allowed to ride on the fast track.
The fast track has a steeper gradient and more adventurous because you get to ride on curved corners, go into a tunnel and dip down into a steep slope.
There is a walking track which gives accesses to the top of the luge with an overhead bridges where we can take some pictures of ourselves on the luge.
I had to give this its own tip, purely due to the amount of fun we had at it. There are two 800m long tracks at the top of the Gondola, not only offering more great views, but also the chance for adrenaline-junkies to try another new sport!
To begin with you have to take to the beginner 'scenic' track (which is still pretty fast), and once youve had one go, you can take to the faster, and much more exciting 'advanced' circuit.
You jump aboard a small three-wheeled cart, and pull back the handlebars to get started, and push forward to stop. YOu feel like youre going so fast cos ur backside is basically scraping along the ground.
There is also a tunnel, and a major drop on the advanced track, which will take you by surprise, i guarantee you!! You simply have to gie this a try, as you may never get a better chance to!!
Not only do you get the chance to view some of the best scenery Queenstown, if not New Zealand, has to offer from the top of this hill, but you also get the chance to try Luge!
You get a cable-car from street level, and the views from the beginning are awesome! At the top of the hill, there is a large and well-furnished complex, with restaurant, gift shop, and a long, canti-levered viewing platform which runs right around the edge of the building.
The views are spectacular and well-worth it, no matter what the weather has in store for you.
It is true that the weather does not necessarily spoil the scenery, it purely offers another view of it. And we found this to be the case as it rained when we first got to the top, and then brightened up later, giving us two very differing views of the mountains and surrounding lakes.
Take the ride on the Gondala, take your camera for plenty of pictures.
Buy a coffee at the cafe/restaurant, and watch the luge participants. There is a novice and harder course. They have such fun.
So too do the folk who go parapenting, decending gently through the skys above Queenstown. You can pay for an introductory tandem flight with an instructor.
I just sat and sipped coffee and watched !!!
Photo by Joan Johnson
Luging is a really fun activity which you really should try if you haven't done so before. Remember to listen to the instructions though because it can be quite painful if you fall off!!