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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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#1 Skyline Queenstown 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 ... Read more » Daniel Pietzsch / Flickr

#2 The Remarkables Located 15 miles east of central Queenstown, the truly remarkable Remarkables offer 47 ski and snowboard trails and three terrain parks. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels can be accommodated ... Read more » Joao Inacio / Getty Images

#3 Coronet Peak 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 ... Read more » Kyle Sparks / Getty Images

#4 Bungee Jumping If you're coming to Queenstown for adventure activities, odds are you're here to bungee jump. This heart-pounding endeavor, which is offered locally by AJ Hackett Bungy, is one ... Read more » Peter McBride / Getty Images

#5 Onsen Hot Pools After a long day of heart-pounding activities like skiing The Remarkables or Coronet Peak, skydiving and bungee jumping, a nice soak is usually just what the doctor ordered. And at ... Read more » Courtesy of Onsen Hot Pools

#6 Kiwi Birdlife Park The family-friendly Kiwi Birdlife Park is Queenstown's premier destination for animal-spotting. Situated less than a mile away from downtown Queenstown alongside Skyline Queenstown, Kiwi Birdlife Park offers more than ... Read more » Smithsonian's National Zoo / Flickr

#7 Walter Peak High Country Farm Walter Peak High Country Farm is more than just a petting zoo, which is what most "farm attractions" tend to be. The experience begins with a cruise across the picturesque ... Read more » MACH KAZU / Getty Images

#8 Skydiving To fully grasp the beauty of Queenstown's landscape, head 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet up and jump out of a plane. Though it'll take some ... Read more » Michael Napoleon / Flickr

#9 Paragliding 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 ... Read more » Marco Simoni / Getty Images

#10 Ben Lomond Track For outdoor enthusiasts who'd rather keep their feet firmly planted on the ground instead of soaring above Lake Wakatipu or plummeting toward the Nevis River, Queenstown offers Ben Lomond ... Read more » Stoneography / Getty Images

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A ride on a Skyline Queenstown gondola will lead to some fantastic views of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and downtown Queenstown. Daniel Pietzsch / Flickr

Though The Remarkables are stunning no matter what time you visit, if you ski all day, expect to catch a glorious mountain sunset as you head back to downtown Queenstown. Joao Inacio / Getty Images

With two terrain parks, a tubing park and 30 trails, it's no wonder why ski and snowboard enthusiasts flock to Coronet Peak once wintertime rolls around. Kyle Sparks / Getty Images

A trip to Queenstown wouldn't be complete without bungee jumping off of Kawarau Bridge, The Nevis or The Ledge. It is here, after all, where the sport was first commercialized. Peter McBride / Getty Images

When you need to unwind after a thrilling day, head for a soothing soak at the Onsen Hot Pools. Courtesy of Onsen Hot Pools

Catch a glimpse of New Zealand's famous brown kiwi at Kiwi Birdlife Park, which can be found next to the Skyline Queenstown gondola. Smithsonian's National Zoo / Flickr

You'll enjoy spectacular views and plenty of family fun when visiting Walter Peak High Country Farm. MACH KAZU / Getty Images

Although a skydiving excursion will only lasts about a minute, you'll take in breathtaking city, mountain and water vistas as you plummet toward the ground. Michael Napoleon / Flickr

A paragliding excursion in Queenstown features picturesque views of central Queenstown, icy blue Lake Wakatipu and the snow-capped Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Marco Simoni / Getty Images

If you love exploring the great oudoors but don't want to go on a heart-pounding skydiving, paragliding or bungee jumping excursion, consider hiking the challenging Ben Lomond Track. Stoneography / Getty Images

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