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It’s a destination of its own really; you could spend a whole day exploring the various things to do at the top.
Getting to Bob’s Peak
The easiest way is to step aboard the Skyline Gondola or a cable car as its better known in other places (not a mode of water transport in Venice!). The Queenstown Gondola is the steepest in the southern hemisphere and takes you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
The hard way or more energetic way is to hike up the Tiki Trail; this walking track starts at the base of the Skyline Gondola winding its way up through the pine forests of Ben Lomond Reserve to the top of Bob’s Peak. The hike is recommended for moderate fitness levels and will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete.
Rewarded with panoramic views
When you get to the top of the Gondola you are rewarded with some of Queenstown’s most spectacular views. From Bob’s Peak you can see Coronet Peak to the north and the iconic Remarkables mountain range to the east, both of which are ski resorts in the winter. Across the deep blue waters of Lake Wakatipu to the southwest you see Cecil and Walter Peaks. It’s truly awe-inspiring!
The Skyline Luge
This is a great affordable activity for all ages, from kids and families to adults alike. The Luge was invented in New Zealand and is a gravity fuelled ride where you sit in a purpose built Luge cart and ride down the tracks at your own pace. There are two tracks at Skyline Queenstown, the scenic track or the bends and bumps of the advanced track. It’s great fun and is accessed by a chairlift so you can go back to the top and do it all over again.
Activities and Attractions
There are plenty of activities and attractions by day and night and for many people just spectating is part of the fun!
AJ Hackett Bungy operate The Ledge Bungy and Swing just beside the Gondola. There is a viewing deck where you can watch all the action if you aren’t the adventurous type or you might want to brave it and take the leap! You can also fly high above Queenstown with G-Force paragliding tours, who will take you on a tandem paragliding flight for a bird’s eye view of the region.
Skyline Queenstown has started operating a new stargazing tour which invites visitors to go beyond what the naked eye can see and look deep into our galaxy. Tours run nightly after dark and weather permitting of course. You can also choose to immerse yourself in Maori culture with nightly Kiwi Haka performances. The shows explore the mythical legends of the region and history of Maori culture through traditional song and dance.
Walking and Biking
There are over 12 world class mountain bike trails that you can access from Bob’s Peak in the Queenstown Bike Park. You can even buy lift tickets to put your bike on the Gondola, so that you can ride the bike tracks all day long without having to peddle uphill!
Bob’s Peak is home to lots of walking and hiking tracks, most of which start from the top of the Gondola. From easy & moderate fitness level short walks to more difficult day hikes, including the Ben Lomond Track a popular hike to the Ben Lomond summit.
Café, Bar and Restaurant
Relax in the Skyline Café or out on one of the various outdoor terraces for a casual dining experience at the top. You could even walk up to the Luge tracks and have a picnic on one of the tables overlooking the whole area. The café serves a lunch menu and freshly baked treats from the cabinet, plus fabulous coffee.
Possibly the best restaurant with a view in the world, the buffet restaurant serves a four course lunch and six course dinner menu, inspired by the taste of New Zealand. Make sure you go here hungry because you will want to try everything!
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