You may not be able to skydive with a toddler, but you can ride the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s not quite as thrilling as throwing yourself out of a plane, but you can still enjoy some of the best views in the region, as the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob’s Peak.
Once at the top, you can jump on a chair lift and zoom down the 800m-long Luge track – suitable for all ages, and almost counts as an adventure sport. The Queenstown Luge is definitely one of the most fun Queenstown family activities.
Our kids absolutely loved this experience! Children over 110cm tall are able to drive their own carts (if shorter they can ride tandem with an adult as our 3 year old boy did). The Stratosphere Restaurant located at the top of the gondola offers the best views of any restaurant in town.
Ideally you’d do this activity when the sky is blue and sun is shining BUT it can be done in most weather conditions (it has to be fairly extreme rain or snow for the Luge to stop operating and very high wind or lightening for the Gondola to stop). We had rain, sunshine and a beautiful rainbow on our visit. The best advice is to dress for the weather bearing in mind that it’s usually colder at the top.
On our list for our next visit to Queenstown is the Stargazing Plus tour. It takes guests to a specially-constructed platform high above the Skyline complex, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky. Described as “allowingyou to spend time gazing upon the many moons of Jupiter, check out our red neighbour Mars, and experience an unforgettable feeling when you set your eyes upon the magnificent rings of Saturn!” Definitely one for the list…
Other Queenstown attractions share the spot at the top of the Gondola. They include a helipad access for scenic flights, AJ Hackett Ledge Bungy & Swing and G-Force Paragliding.
It’s quite a sight, and a lot of amusement for the kids, watching someone drop past your gondola on a bungy!
Open: The Gondola is open daily from 9am with the last ride up being approximately 9pm. The Luge starts operating at 10am closing approximately at 5pm (winter) and 9pm (peak summer).
Price: Gondola only Adults $39, Kids (5-14yrs) $24, Family Pass (2A+2K) $113, Family Pass (2A+3K) $135. Preschoolers FREE. Combination ticket for gondola+luge are available – we bought the family pass for the gondola and 6 luge rides. Even if we’d bought 20 luge rides it wouldn’t have been enough for the kids! It’s worth checking on Bookme here to see if there are any discounts available for when you want to go.
Address: Brecon Street, Queenstown. Limited public parking on Brecon Street, so you might want to consider walking as it’s only a 5-10 minute walk from central Queenstown.