The Queenstown Skyline Gondola is an excellent way to get a bird's eye view of Queenstown resort, Lake Wakatipu and surrounding mountains. By doing it early during your stay, you'll get a good overview of the region's geographic features which will help you find your way around. It is often included in package holidays because it's a real winner!
It only takes a few minutes by gondola to ride the 450 vertical metres from the base station to the Skyline complex on Bob's Peak. If you can, ride up and down with your back to the hill so you get the primo views across the lake to the Remarkables Mountains, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak.
The Skyline complex is open 365 days, 0900 until late. As well as offering stunning vistas from the viewing platforms, the complex also features a daytime cafe, Skyline Restaurant with buffet lunch and dinner,the Kiwi Haka live performance of authentic Maori songs and dances, downhill luge rides, star gazing and mountain bike trails. It's all here and is especially family friendly, so if you have the kids with you and you're looking for an optional family fun inclusion, this is a "must".
For honeymooners, a starlit buffet dinner in the Skyline Restaurant is totally magical. Sip your wine and enjoy the twinkling resort lights beneath you.
If time is precious, then allowing just 30-45 minutes at the start or end of your day will still be very rewarding. The lower sun early morning or at dusk also makes for spectacular photos. But if you have more time to linger and enjoy some of the additional activities mentioned above, you'll be assured of a great time.