Skyline Queenstown
Skyline Queenstown
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Take a ride in Queenstown’s iconic Gondola and immerse yourself in spectacular panoramic views of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains. But there’s more! When you get to the top, discover a host of family-friendly activities on offer. Get your fix of downhill fun with the Skyline Luge, settle in for a relaxing evening with the best of New Zealand and international cuisine at Stratosfare Restaurant & Bar, or journey into the hidden world of the night sky with Skyline’s guided Stargazing experience. Located an easy five minute walk from the centre of town, a visit to Skyline Queenstown is a must do!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Amanda C
    Gold Coast, Australia1,892 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Do in Queenstown
    This is a great way to see the best of Queenstown! The Skyline has been recently renovated to now take 10 per gondola (instead of 4) and the construction work continues. Great to take the kids if you also want to ride the luge and enjoy the jellybeans! A photographer’s dream… if you get the weather right. Rug up in the cold and enjoy a mulled wine at the cafe inside. A must do in Queenstown.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • sshbn
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do in Queenstown
    A great trip up and well worth the money. We did the gondola and the luge with 3 adults, 2 teenagers and a 6 and 2 year old and they loved it. 2 year old and 6 year old tandem on the luge was great fun- just remember to brake! Very reasonably priced for food and coffees and an amazing view.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • David C
    Samford, Australia546 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must visit, views, food and luges
    This is an experience not to be missed from the amazingly helpful staff at the ticket office at the bottom to the waitresses and teams looking after you. We spent 5 or 6 hours here, including lunch at the all you can eat carvery, luges, walking around the view desks etc. Lots of building work when we were there, but none of that took away from the experience—brand new cable cars. Even the little crab that popped his head out of my sea food didnt put me off (just stopped eating the seafood). Spectacular views.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Úna
    Belfast, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views for miles
    We booked online meaning we didn't have to wait in line - which was handy. We didn't book the lunge. Instead we spent a couple of hours at the top, enjoying the view, a few drinks and a bite to eat. The gift shop is good too.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 August 2023
  • malleegirl
    Swan Hill, Australia894 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth doing.
    The ticket office was just a short walk from our hotel. There is a number of 'packages' on offer and these are clearly displayed on a board so that you can make your choice before purchasing tickets. We chose to go up and back on the Gondola. Smooth ride in modern gondolas with fantastic views from the top. Disembark and check out the views, have something to eat/drink if you wish, there is a souvenir shop to have a wander through and perhaps make a purchase. Certainly worth doing just for the wonderful views.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
  • TR82
    224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great but hard going
    Great experience, the views are phenomenal! Gondola ride is quiet and beautiful, maybe a little too quick as you want to take it all in. Luge rides are great fun although some people really struggle navigating corners so be careful. It is really steep and lots of steps particularly as on scaffolding as it appears all areas under construction be mindful for elderly or young kids. Advice- buy ticket online, you may as well buy more luge tix than you think you need as they are not much more extra, we got there at 9:30 and then luge at 10am when it opened, avoided the crowds and out by midday!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • 72shanks
    Wadalba, Australia63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant fun
    The gondola ride is great; certainly one of the steeper ones I've been on. The views are spectacular. The Luge, a sort of gravity powered go-kart, is hugely enjoyable and popular. Be prepared for long lines, but it's worth it. We bought the 3 ride ticket, which I think is the minimum for a really good experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 October 2023
  • mdh969
    Canberra, Australia998 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smooth ride on Gondola
    We went on the gondola today. It was $52.00 per head. The ride up and down was very smooth. The top had a cafe, viewing deck and the more adventurous could get on a luge or parasail 🪂 off the cliff face. I would recommend the gondola 🚠
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 November 2023
  • petermack2011
    Bungay, United Kingdom403 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Up in the air
    We took a trip to the Skyline early pm. The weather was fantastic after a cloudy start in the morning. It was a great experience, the views were tremendous. However, there is a lot of building/clearance work going on all around the viewing area and the land below which is a spoiler. Had the viewing platform been bigger (it only ran for about 150 metres) it would have been an even better experience. At peak times I would imagine it gets very crowded. We then went for a drink on the bar which is glass walled so great views over the lake and mountains. The gondolas were modern and comfortable. Hop on, hop off.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 November 2023
  • Pippa H
    London, United Kingdom82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Luge all day
    Could have luged all day! So much fun! The system was very smooth, for the tickets, chairlift and scanning helmets for photos. The photos are a bit pricey but worth checking because we got a good one. Great for kids and adult kids. You're in control of the speed so you can go slow if you don't like speed, but it's really tonnes of fun and not scary at all.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 November 2023
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Sammy&Stuey
North Yorkshire, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We bought the gondola and 2 luge ride combo for $61 each and it didn't disappoint. The ride up was great with wonderful views over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu. The luge ride was thrilling and certainly once is never enough. Great friendly staff who make sure you know what your doing with the carts when on the tracks. We then had a drink and a bite to eat in the cafe. Reasonably priced and good amount of hot and cold food/drinks. Loads of seating areas around the cafe, inside and out. We then had a good wander around, did a couple of walks on the designated tracks. There are good mountain bike tracks to be found here as you can bring your bike up on the side of the Gondolas. I would say considering whats on offer at Skyline you certainly need all day to appreciate whats on offer to you. We went in March and it was a bit cloudy at 9am but an hour or so later it was sunny and we were in T-shirts! Will deffo be going again when in the South Island
Written 8 April 2020
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The Emersons
Adelaide, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
We took the Gondola up the hillside and I survived despite being terrified of heights! The view is spectacular once I looked!!

My husband and I booked for luge rides and had lunch at the cafe. The cafe had adequate options for food and set us back about $35 for the two of us. The rest of the family chose to have the buffet lunch which set them back about $100 for two. They said they had good options for food and it was all you could eat. Whether it was worth that much for lunch they couldnt really say.

The luge rides were great fun and you need about 5 to really feel like you gave it a crack.

Overall we spent nearly all of the day up there and would recommend the activites for anyone visiting Queenstown.
Written 5 March 2020
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SueB
Honiton, UK415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Had a great time going up and down in the gondola. It is quite a steep ascent/descent but the views are stunning particularly on a sunny, clear day. You can add luge trips into your price and those doing this all looked like they were having a ball. It really was suited to all ages. Some people were also taking up their mountain bikes and having a great spin back down before catching the chairlift back up. There are 2 restaurants and a couple of shops selling all the usual tourist paraphernalia.
There are great paths between the gondola drop off, the restaurant, the luge and mountain bike sections where the views are just stunning over the lake, the is also a great viewing platform outside the main cafe/restaurant.
If you just want a trip in the gondola, quick look around and return, then an hour or so is probably enough, if you want to take part in the other activities then a longer visit is perfect. There are also paragliding packages and other fun activities at extra cost. Yes, for an adult it is quite expensive $44 adult, but is a really good experience and is the best place for the brilliant views.
Written 15 February 2020
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Paul Hill
Wroughton, UK336 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
My wife and I see the gondola when parking up and decided to take the the steep walk up to the ticket office. The queue was long but it was very thoughtful of this place to come and offer sun lotion to everyone waiting.

The gondola was a great ride to the top and we also purchased 2x luge rides each. At a reasonable price for Queenstown. In hind sight I wish we’d brought a few more luge rides l, I was scared off by the queue when booking but when your up there the queues move rather fast, but it was great fun.

The view where spectacular and worth every penny so I’d highly recommend but allow 2-4hrs up there. There’s a very plush restaurant (which is expensive) but there also a cafe that does good food so isn’t worry about finding somewhere to eat.

Have a great time!
Written 6 January 2020
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jgold10529
Portland, OR408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
If you like gondola rides, this will make you happy and gives great views of the city. There is a lot to do up there at the top but each thing can get a bit pricey. The Luge rides at the top are quite fun however, so if you are going to pay for the gondola, add something else on to make it worth it
Written 12 March 2020
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Jenny M
Wellington, New Zealand32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
We took a gondola ride up 2 days after the snow here at the end of September. It was an amazing experience. The luge was cold to get up to on the chair lift but the luge experience was incredible fun and the views were stunning. We did 4 of our 5 rides. 2-3 would have been enough in the cold. We had drinks afterwards in the bar - it was quite expensive as you expect as these places but again sitting watching the view was worth it. Overall $300 for 3 of us for gondola, 5 luge rides each and drinks after so an expensive outing but loads of fun.
Written 3 October 2020
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Hi Jenny, Thanks for your time to write a review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the experience at Skyline. Look forward to welcome you all again. Kind regards, Skyline Queenstown
Written 8 October 2020
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gemiow
Isle of Wight, UK239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We brought the gondala and 3 rides in the luge package, we had a great afternoon, as first we did the ben lomond track after going up on the gondola, once we finsihed the track we went in the cafe and had tea and cake which we thought was really reasonably priced and the cakes were really good. We did our rides on the luge which was great fun acting like big kids. We brought the photos unfortunately i would say they were not worth the money with the way the quality of them turned out. We then decided to have a drink in the bar before heading down, again was reasonbly priced considering where you are and it had a great atmosphere. A very enjoyable afternoon. The views up here are beautiful too, we got some great snaps
Written 1 February 2020
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Dr. Quinton L.
Canberra, Australia616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
One of the must visit place in Queenstown
There are plenty of packages you could choose, based on your group members and what they want to do up there. I booked the lift+lunch+luge5 for my kid and I, and just the lift+lunch for the elders. The view up there is fantastic, especially in this beautiful sunny day in Jan. I would highly recommended people to pick up their ticket first or order it online to get the bar code, otherwise you will need to wait for a long queue to buy tickets. The buffet lunch in the restaurant is very good, plenty to choose from, and they are very delicious. Especially the desserts, one of the best from the buffet menu! The luge is very fun, good for kids who already knew how ride a bike. Not hard to learn, my kid took one round and then beat me on racing! Overall, a must visit place in Queenstown!
Written 28 January 2020
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Marie123122
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Food quality & variety was very poor, we left feeling hungry. This meal cost us $424 for 2x adults & 2x teenagers incl 2x glasses of white wine. We were very disappointed in the meal and felt like we were pushed through the restaurant, had no real service. I had to ask staff if the used plates could be taken away from our table and was told "I suppose so". Venison was overcooked, not much variety of hot meats - most of them had gone & we arrived at 5.45pm! Vege's were cold & dry, burnt carrots & pumpkin that was basically mashed & dry corn on cob. Pasta was overcooked & dry, there was a separate dish of cheese sauce, my kids could not eat this they said it was terrible. Dessert was minimal & not much left. We went to 3 restaurants during the week in the main part of town, the most expensive cost $250 including dessert & drinks & this was cooked by a chef and of a high standard. We will not be back & do not recommend. We have been to Skyline Rotorua in the past and this was of a lot higher standard so we thought this would be the same.
Written 25 July 2021
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Hi Marie, we’re disappointed to hear your recent visit to Skyline Queenstown didn’t meet your expectations. We would love the opportunity to discuss your experience further. If you wish to do that, please send your contact details to SQguestservice@skyline.co.nz and we will get back to you soon. Kind Regards, Skyline Queenstown
Written 29 July 2021
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Maria Teresita C
Huntly, New Zealand26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I was not really meant to go as I already know the luge (having done it in Rotorua many times already), but I don't regret getting there with my husband. The scenery was a great buy-in! I could stay there for a whole day just admiring the view of the Wakatipu Lake. I recommend that if you go there even if you don't buy the ride for the luge, just go up the luge area and then walk down from there to the building. This was where I get to see the great scenery of Queenstown.
Written 16 October 2020
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Hi Maria, Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so glad you had such a great time at Skyline. Look forward to see you and your husband next time. Kind regards, Skyline Queenstown
Written 1 December 2020
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