10 FUN Things to do up at Skyline Queenstown
Towering above Queenstown up at Bob’s Peak, Skyline Queenstown offers a variety of things to do and see for visitors from all over the world! This blog is about all of the different things to do at Skyline Queenstown including some important info such as getting there and tips to know before you go!
One of the most popular things for visitors to do when they visit Queenstown is to take the gondola up to Skyline Queenstown at Bob’s Peak. Here you’ll find a magnificent lookout over Queenstown promising breathtaking views.
The other day we took the gondola up to Skyline Queenstown and discovered that there is actually a ton of different things to do up there! From adventure activities to hiking to relaxing with a glass of wine at sunset, Skyline Queenstown has a ton to offer visitors.
So in this blog, we’ll tell you all about the 10 different things to do at Skyline Queenstown as well as include some other important info for visiting such as getting there and prices.
Getting to Skyline Queenstown
The first thing you need to know about Skyline Queenstown is that you can’t drive there. Skyline Queenstown is located up at Bob’s Peak which towers over Queenstown.
You can get to the Skyline Queenstown building either by hiking the Tiki Trail or taking the Queenstown gondola.
The Queenstown Gondola
The gondola up to Bob’s Peak leaves from the end of Brecon Street. If you head up the large set of stairs on Shotover Street in the town center and continue straight up you are only a 2-minute walk from the start of the gondola.
The gondola takes you from Queenstown up to the Skyline Queenstown building at the top of Bob’s Peak. From there, you will find an amazing view and a whole new selection of things to do!
You can skip the line and purchase gondola passes online in advance!
Hike the Tiki Trail
If you want to hike, head to where the gondola leaves from on Brecon Street and follow the signs for the Tikki Trail.
This hike takes about an hour and is moderately difficult. It climbs straight up the entire way which makes it a challenge for some people. However, most of the trail is shaded and it is well maintained.
To be completely honest, the views from along the trail are not spectacular so the only reason to hike the Tiki Trail instead of taking the gondola would be to save a few bucks.
10 Things to do at Skyline Queenstown
We finally went up the Skyline Queenstown gondola for the first time the other day and were pleasantly surprised with what we found when we got up there.
We expected amazing views, but what we didn’t expect was the wide range of things to do and see! From riding on tiny go-carts down the side of the mountain (the Luge) to stargazing, we were busy for hours! Here are the 10 things you can do at Skyline Queenstown!
1. Ride the Gondola
Obviously, the gondola up to Skyline is an experience in itself. From inside the gondola, you can get incredible views of the forest below as well as Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
It is possible to walk to the top of Bob’s Peak, but that means you miss out on the gondola – which is just a shame. Not to mention, the walk is quite a bit of effort taking a couple of hours overall and it is completely all uphill!
The gondola is a short 5-minute ride, but a memorable one at that. Because of the quick pace, you won’t be waiting to board for long (if at all) and often will get a gondola all to yourself (4 people maximum per gondola cart)!
As a fairly affordable activity with the opportunity for viewing some incredible sights, the gondola is an activity that we would highly recommend to anyone.
You can skip the line and buy your gondola ticket online in advance.
2. Ride the Luge
Once we arrived at the top of Bob’s Peak and got out of the gondola and headed straight for what looked like a great time – the Luge!
I loved riding the Luge! The Luge is an exciting gravity-powered ride down the mountain! Jump in your own little cart and let gravity take you speeding and winding downhill!
The great thing about the Luge is that you have the ability to control your own speed. If you want to take things easy, especially on your first run, you can ride the breaks and go slow. But, if you are a bit of a thrill seeker you can go full speed!
There are also two different track options, one that is more relaxed and one that is more advanced and faster. If you take the advanced route and don’t break too much you will find yourself getting quite the adrenaline rush!
*Tip: Book your gondola and Luge passes together for the best deal!
3. Have a Buffet Lunch or Dinner
One of the highlights of our time up at the Skyline Queenstown building was our dinner at the Stratosfare Restaurant. The food is a buffet-style feast but instead of the typical buffet (where the food can be quite bland), the Stratosfare Buffet was filled with high-quality dishes and ingredients.
Some of our favorites included the venison, tiger prawns, and the huge selection of desserts!
Aside from the great food we also really loved the views. The entire front of the restaurant is glass and if you’re lucky enough to get a table right at the front the views are spectacular. The Stratosfare Restaurant up at Skyline Queenstown is easily one of the best restaurants in Queenstown!
You should book your gondola ride and lunch or dinner in advance to secure your table. During peak times, the entire restaurant will be fully booked.
4. Go Mountain Biking
This is one activity we haven’t done…yet! However, judging by the thousands of mountain bikes I see around town it’s safe to say using the gondola to access the many trails that run down from Bob’s Peak to Queenstown is hugely popular!
We are both not the biggest mountain bike riders, but would still love to give some of the easier trails a go one day soon!
In town, you can rent bikes and at the gondola, you can buy a single run-pass, day pass, multi-day pass, or even a season pass depending on how keen you are! We will be sure to update you when we give it a go for ourselves!
5. Join a Star Gazing Tour
After the sun goes down there is still one activity left to cross off the list at Skyline Queenstown and that’s stargazing! Once it gets dark, you can venture out under the night’s sky and look through huge telescopes at the planets and galaxy around us.
You will get to spot some famous star formations and learn all about our huge galaxy and the millions nearby!
If it is cloudy, don’t worry, you can either reschedule for another day or join their indoor presentation which is very cool. This is what we did, and while it is a different experience than real stargazing through a telescope, it is still interactive and interesting. Oh, and they supplied free wine and snacks!
You can secure your spot on a star gazing tour online in advance.
6. Go Bungy Jumping
Many people aren’t aware that you can actually bungy jump at the top of Bob’s Peak. Run by AJ Hackett, this is possibly the bungy with the best views of Queenstown and also something you could sneak in before lunch, dinner, a luge ride or any of the other activities!
Take it from me, a bungy jump is one of the best ways to make a good day better!
You can check prices and book your bungy jump at Skyline Queenstown here!
7. Go Paragliding!
On one of Queenstown’s many sunny days, you will see that tandem and solo paragliding is in full swing. As the temperature heats up so does the ability to stay in the air longer.
Taking the gondola up and then taking a ride down under a huge canopy is the best way to get down!
You can book rides in town or at the top, however, they don’t run in bad or windy weather so a nice day is required!
8. Try Ziplining
Ziplining is another fun way to get from the top of Skyline Queenstown down to Queenstown. It is another adventure activity that is much less intense than bungy jumping.
This ziplining experience lasts for 3 hours and takes you down 6 different zip lines along the way! It is a complete half-day tour!
Otherwise, if you prefer, you can do a shorter 1-hour ziplining experience that only ends a ten-minute walk down the Tiki Trail so you can continue enjoying Skyline Queenstown afterward!
9. Enjoy Drinks with a View
If going for dinner or lunch in the restaurant doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, you could always just pop into the lounge/bar area at Skyline Queenstown and enjoy a drink with an amazing view!
They have seating lining the windows with incredible views looking out over Queenstown. Here, you can order coffee, tea, wine, beer, or even cocktails!
It’s the perfect place to catch the sunset if you ask me!
10. Hike to Bem Lomond Saddle or Summit
Up at Skyline Queenstown, you will find the start of the Ben Lomond Track. This trail climbs up to the top of Ben Lomond summit with a view that is even better than Bob’s Peak! In fact, the top of Ben Lomond is one of the best photography locations in Queenstown.
This hike generally takes up to 6 hours to complete from the top fo the gondola and it isn’t the easiest. However, if you enjoy hiking this is definitely one hike you must tackle!
Other info to know before you go
- Besides the dinner and lunch buffet at the Stratosfare, there is a cafe that serves snacks, ice cream, sandwiches and more! Pack a picnic lunch or eat up there!
- Don’t forget your camera – the views are incredible!
- Skyline Queenstown is open all year round! Some activities may close due to weather conditions but the views from the top are great all of the time and well-worth checking out!
- The gondola starts operating at 9 am and goes until late!
Our Overall Impression
Overall, we had a fantastic few hours up at Skyline Queenstown! We went Luging, rode the gondola, enjoyed the sunset with wine, had a tasty dinner, and then did stargazing – it made for a perfect afternoon and evening!
We will definitely be back to check out all of the other things to do as well as enjoy another sunset! We would highly recommend heading up the gondola and exploring the activities up there to anyone coming to Queenstown – Skyline Queenstown is easily one the best things to do in New Zealand!
February 6, 2020