Skyline Queenstown: Things to do & Tips

the view from the stratsfare restaurant at skyline

Towering above Queenstown up at Bob’s Peak, Skyline Queenstown offers a variety of things to do and see up there for visitors from all over the world! From bungy jumping to a luxurious dinner, there is something for everyone! 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! 

Skyline Queenstown: Things to do & Know Before You Go

One of the most popular things for visitors to do when they visit Queenstown is to take the Skyline Gondola up to Bob’s Peak which is a magnificent lookout over Queenstown promising breathtaking views.

The other day we took the gondola up to Skyline and discovered all of the different things to do and see there for ourselves! Here is how our day went, some tips for going for yourself, and what we recommend for things to do up at Skyline Queenstown! Basically, if you are considering checking out Skyline, this blog includes everything you would want to know!

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relaxing up at skyline queenstown with wine
Wine with a view!

Getting there

The gondola up to Bob’s Peak leaves from the end of Brecon Street. If you head up the large set of stairs in the town centre and continue straight up that street your on Brecon street and only a 2-minute walk from the start of the gondola.

The gondola takes you from Queenstown centre up to Bob’s Peak.  From there, you will find an amazing view and a whole new selection of things to do!

the skyline gondola
The Gondola

Things to do at Skyline

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 star gazing, we were busy for hours!

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.

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 excited gravity powered ride down the mountain! Jump in your own little cart and let gravity take you speeding and winding downhill!

the luge track at skyline queenstown
The Luge track! Doesn’t it look like fun?!

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!

on the luge chairlift selfie
Taking the chairlift to the start of the Luge…the perfect opportunity for a selfie!

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 favourites included the venison, tiger prawns, and the huge selection of desserts!

esserts at skyline queenstown stratosfare
So many desserts to choose from!

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 view from the stratsfare restaurant at skyline
Such an amazing view!
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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!

 

Star Gazing

After the sun goes down there is still one activity left to cross off the list 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!

stargazing at skyline
When the weather is bad and you can’t see the stars outside, they do an awesome presentation inside! We saw some incredible images and learned so much!

Bungy

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!

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 as a nice day is required!

amazing view from skyline queenstown

 

Other info to know before you go

  • You can book multiple activities in combos which gives you the best deal. For pricing and combo deals check out Skyline’s website here!
  • Besides the dinner and lunch buffet at the Stratosfare, there is a cafe that serves snack,s ice cream, sandwiches and more! Pack a picnic lunch or eat up there!
  • Don’t forget your camera – the views are incredible!
  • Skyline is open all year around! Some activities may close due to weather conditions but the views from the top are great all year round and well-worth checking out!
  • If the dinner or lunch buffet isn’t for you, you can also have some drinks at the Stratosfare bar with a view!
  • The gondola starts operating at 9 am and goes until late!

For more information on visiting Skyline Queenstown, check out their website here!

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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!

We have done so much in Queenstown! Read our blog about going on a wine tour, hiking Ben Lomondhiking the Routeburn Track in one dayexploring Moke Lake including a secret viewpointchecking out the My Nicholas farmriding on a jet boatgoing on a craft beer tour, and MORE!

-Bailey

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