Flying into Queenstown, New Zealand on Christmas Eve,we decided to do something with our afternoon. We choose the gondola ride up for the view of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding area. The Skyline Gondola goes to the top of Bob’s Peak. (It really is called this. Isn’t that cool?) The views of the area are fantastic and you can watch the storms come in. Play in the gift shop and watch others defy death for an afternoon.
Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak
At 25NZD round trip for each of us, it was a decent price for a good couple of hours. The gondola leaves from a base station near the kiwi bird park only a few minutes walk from the center of town. Even the ride up gave some great views of town and lake. Although the warning sign that the thing can stop randomly did not settle a stomach still a bit of from the flight.
I did love the idea that someone named the mountain “Bob’s Peak“. I understand that there are those named Bob that are perhaps grand explorers and namers of things, but still it does sound a bit unusual.
Things We Could Have Done.. but Didn’t
The top of the peak is also an area of activities. The New Zealand classic original of bungy jumping was on offer. We saw them from the gondola. There were also a number of luge tracks. Ok, I think of luge from the olympics where some poor sod rides a tiny sled down an icy track face first. These were far more tourist friendly. Steerable 4 wheel carts on concrete tracks. Even still on the list of stuff we did NOT do.
Really, this will become one of the themes of our trip. Look at all the high adrenaline and adventure travel activities that we have no interest in.
Storms and the Giftshop
The building at the top of the Gondola has a restaurant and great wrap around balcony. Although we had a beautiful sunny flight down into Queenstown, by this point in the afternoon the rainstorms were coming in. The cool part was seeing the storms slowly roll in from the Remarkables. The bad part was getting wet. The views were spectacular between the droplets though.
So once it started pouring we did what any self respecting travel blogger would do. We sat in chairs and tried to see if we could get the free wi-fi of the place to work on our phones. After I got fed up of this, I started looking through the gift shop. Ok, it was the first day of my trip, but maybe I could get my souvenir buying over with.
Here are some of the hilarious things we saw in the gift shop.
Queenstown from Above
So the real reason we went up the gondola was to see Queenstown from above. Although the landing path of the plane is pretty impressive, this was cool too. And I have pictures of this view from the top of a mountain, while I was holding onto my seat while landing.
Aren’t we cute?