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Approximately 10 miles north of downtown Queenstown lies the picturesque ski and snowboard destination of Coronet Peak. This ski area, which is open during the winter months, features 32 slopes, two terrain parks, a tubing park and a ski school. Plus, the slopes themselves are geared to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, so beginners, intermediates and advanced visitors will all feel right at home.

During New Zealand's summer (December to February), you won't get to ski but can drive up Coronet Peak to take in the surroundings. Recent travelers said you'll find breathtaking views at the top.

Though weather conditions impact Coronet Peak's annual opening and closing dates, the ski area is typically open from early June through September. Weekday ski hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while on weekends, skiers and snowboarders can visit the slopes from 4 to 9 p.m. Lift tickets start at NZ$99 ($66.50) for one day of skiing for adults. Discounted rates apply for kids between 7 and 17; children 6 and younger ski for free. Packages that include lift tickets, equipment rentals and lessons are also offered. In addition to Coronet Peak's slopes, visitors will find on-site childcare facilities, a ski and snowboard shop, equipment lockers, seven parking lots and four dining venues.

To get to Coronet Peak, plan on driving or taking the city's Snowline Express shuttle, which departs from central Queenstown's Snow Centre between 8 and 11:30 a.m. (return shuttles start at 1:30 p.m.). Shuttle fares cost NZ$20 (about $13) for a day of rides. For more information about Coronet Peak, check out the mountain's website.

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For some of the best mountain vistas, climb aboard a Skyline Queenstown gondola. After ascending nearly 1,500 feet, you'll end up at an observation deck atop Bob's Peak, where views of central Queenstown, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak await you. You'll also find a restaurant, a bar and various mountain bike trails at the top.

However, for the most thrills, check out the attraction's luge tracks, which are accessible via a chairlift that picks up by the gondola. Previous travelers said that you'll not only enjoy fantastic views, but also a hair-raising, yet kid-friendly experience.

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