Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola is a “must do”. And doing it early in your Queenstown visit will give you an excellent overview of the region’s geography.
The Queenstown Skyline Gondola is an excellent way to get a bird’s eye view of Queenstown resort, Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains. By doing it early during your stay, you’ll get a good overview of the region’s geographic features which will help you find your way around.
It only takes a few minutes by gondola to ride the 450 vertical metres from the base station to the Skyline complex on Bob’s Peak. If you can, ride up and down with your back to the hill so you get the primo views across the lake to the Remarkables Mountains, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak.
The Skyline complex is open 365 days, 0900 until late. As well as offering stunning vistas from the viewing platforms, the complex also features a daytime cafe, Skyline Restaurant with buffet lunch and dinner,the Kiwi Haka live performance of authentic Maori songs and dances, downhill luge rides, star gazing and mountain bike trails.
If time is precious, then allowing just 30-45 minutes at the start or end of your day will still be very rewarding. The lower sun early morning or at dusk also makes for spectacular photos. But if you have more time to linger and enjoy some of the additional activities, you’ll be assured of a great time.