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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.

Skyline Queenstown sits less than a mile from central Queenstown, making it easy to reach on foot if staying at a downtown hotel. Limited parking is available at the base of the gondola, though several travelers warn that finding parking can be quite difficult. Gondola rides cost NZ$33 ($22) for adults and NZ$21 ($14) for children. Family passes for two adults and up to three children are also available for NZ$90 ($60). If you decide to ride Skyline Queenstown's luge, tickets – which include round-trip gondola rides and five luge rides – cost NZ$55 ($37) for adults and NZ$45 ($30) for kids. Two luge tracks are offered: the tame Blue Track and the steeper Red Track. Skyline Queenstown's gondola and luge open daily at 9 or 10 a.m., though closing hours vary depending on weather conditions and the season.

Mountain bikes can be rented on Bob's Peak as well. Bike hires start at NZ$80 ($54) for a half day and include bikes, helmets and protective attire. And for those interested in a tamer experience, combined gondola and lunch or dinner tickets are offered. Adult fares start at NZ$60 ($40). Children's rates and family passes are also available. For more information about Skyline Queenstown's hours, activities and prices, visit the attraction's website.

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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.

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