The beautiful sight of Lake Wakatipu, the colorful houses in Queenstown and the Remarkables mountain range slowly came into view as the Skyline Gondola made it’s way uphill. It was amazing.Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Cable Car

People from all over the world have known Queenstown for adrenaline-rush-filled activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving and paragliding. Although I think that one day I’ll have a go at these activities, I have yet to gather enough courage to put myself up to it. Not yet. With just two days here, I had to find the best way to see this place’s beauty. We had scheduled a trip to Milford sound for the next day so we just had one full day to explore most of Queenstown.

Skyline Gondola

I have always been fascinated with cable car rides, so imagine my excitement when I knew there was one in Queenstown, the Skyline Gondola. It was early morning when we went on our way up the Queenstown hill via the Gondola. The view going up was breathe-taking. The ride up was exhilarating. The hill seemed pretty steep but it was safe being in the car. I have been on other cable cars before, and this is one definitely one I’d recommend. It wasn’t a long ride but it was worth every beautiful minute. On a smooth-sailing ride, we got to see magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and the the rest of Queenstown. I wondered what would it be like when we reach the top?

Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Cable Car View
Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Lake Wakatipu from Above

Skyline Gondola Complex and Attractions

Just when you thought the adventure has ended, at the top of the Gondola ride is the Skyline Gondola complex. The views there were amazing! Also, plenty of activities await: the Skyline Luge, mountain biking, hiking on walking trails, paragliding, and even bungee jumping.

I have done the Skyline Luge several times in Singapore when I used to live there and it’s one of the fun activities that I truly enjoyed. Jon and I didn’t have enough time to do the Luge but we saw the tracks and they looked really impressive. Make sure to check it out when you’re in Queenstown. We’d definitely do it when we go back.

Along the hill sides is where they launch the paragliding. If you are not up for it this time around, it’s still fun just watching the people going for the sweet ride.

Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Tourists
Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Lake Wakatipu Mountains

Walking Tracks

Jon and I opted to take a stroll around the hill and did the 30-minute Loop Track. One part of the walk was along a track under the shade of pine trees. It was a relaxing escape from the busy streets of Queenstown. We also saw some pretty amazing views along the way. If you have more time there are plenty of other treks that can be done from the Skyline complex.

Other Things to Do in Queenstown

There are a lot of activities in Queenstown that will surely blow your mind. It is also easy to spend a few hours just going around the main city with plenty of food options and shops.  Another interesting activity, if you want something more relaxed is a walk by the Lake Wakatipu. We did this short walk and enjoyed the slice of serenity.
Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Lake Wakatipu Pier

Queenstown is a beautiful place that we’d definitely go back to. With many activities to choose from, you’ll surely have the time of your life. In case you don’t know where to start the fun or if you have limited time in Queenstown, do the Skyline Luge Gondola and enjoy the many attractions that await there.

Skyline Gondola The Best Way to See Queenstown in A Day Luge

Disclaimer: We were hosted by Skyline Luge Queenstown during our Skyline Gondola Trip in Queenstown, New Zealand. Thoughts and opinions in this post are our own. 

Skyline Gondola Queenstown


Have you been to Queenstown? Did you check out Skyline Gondola? What did you think of the place? Let us know.

About the author

Gia Kristel Algie

Currently based in New Zealand, Gia grew up in Manila, lived in Singapore for three years and travelled the world for nearly two years. From watching sunsets to hiking mountains, she loves the outdoors. She enjoys living in big cities but takes pleasure staying in quaint, small towns. An aspiring photographer and budding writer, she is the voice behind Mismatched Passports, a travel blog dedicated to the journey around the world with her husband, Jon.


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