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If you want a breathtaking aerial view of Queenstown without the freefall feeling skydiving provides, consider booking a paragliding excursion. As you float with your pilot, you'll catch bird's-eye views of iconic Queenstown landmarks like Coronet Peak, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.

Jaw-dropping views are a given when you paraglide in Queenstown. In addition to the vistas, prior travelers appreciated the flexibility provided with a paraglide excursion. Thrill-seekers can do acrobatic moves with their pilots, while less adventurous participants can simply float along with their guides.

Three paragliding companies are available in Queenstown: Skytrek, Coronet Peak Tandems and GFORCE Paragliding. Most paragliding operators offer complimentary transfers from downtown Queenstown. (GFORCE Paragliding includes free Skyline Queenstown gondola tickets to access its site on Bob's Peak.) Depending on the company, paragliding excursions last anywhere from an hour to two-and-a-half hours. Paragliding schedules vary by company. However, excursions are typically available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Paragliding prices start at NZ$219 (roughly $147), but some companies offer discounted rates for morning flights.

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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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