To distract us from our impending doom at sky diving the next day, JR and I decided to take a scenic ride on the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak (NZD$23). The gondola is located an easy 5 minute walk from the center of town.
Bob’s Peak sits 450m above sea level, and offers spectacular 220 degree panoramic views of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, and Lake Wakatipu. There is a luge track as well as bungy jumping available up here.
In addition to its scenic views, Queenstown is also known as the Adrenaline Capital of the world. The town is the center for adventure tourism; skiing, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, sky diving, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, and fly fishing are just some of the potential activities that are offered year round.
AJ Hackett, a New Zealander entrepreneur who popularized the extreme sport of bungy jumping, established the world’s first commercial public bungy in Queenstown in 1988. We saw some of these crazy bungy jumpers bouncing around next to us from the gondola.
At the base of the gondola, there is the Kiwi Birdlife Park that is dedicated to educating visitors about these endangered flightless birds. The kiwi is New Zealand’s national symbol, and the term itself is used as the colloquial name for New Zealanders. (Another colloquialism is sheep-shagger, which is self-explanatory and somewhat derogatory.)