How much does the Queenstown Skyline Gondola Buffet Luge cost?

Queenstown is a mecca for activities in New Zealand. In addition to the wide variety of activities, there's one place where you can take in the breathtaking views of Queenstown. It's the Queenstown skyline. Why not climb to the top, enjoy the Queenstown nature, and grab a bite to eat?



Queenstown skyline

Queenstown skyline

New Zealand's leading entertainment company is Skycity. The company is known for its casinos, with locations in Auckland, Hamilton, and here in Queenstown.

The Skyline we're talking about today is a completely different company than SkyCity. Don't get confused. If you're in Queenstown, you're definitely going to want to get out and about. There's so much to do, including the thrilling Nevis Swing, bungee jumping, skydiving and jet boating.

However, there are some people who would rather just take in Queenstown's natural beauty and eat something delicious than engage in activities. That's where the Queenstown skyline comes in.

[How to enjoy the Queenstown skyline].

  • Take in the view and snap photos on the gondola ride up to the skyline (5-7 minutes)
  • Go to a lookout for panoramic views of Queenstown
  • Enjoy luge, the Skyline's premier activity
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch or dinner while taking in the beautiful Queenstown views
  • Experience the twinkling stars in the Queenstown night sky (stargazing)


Prices in Queenstown Skyline

You might be thinking, "Isn't the Queenstown skyline just a gondola ride up to the top, see the view, enjoy the luge or buffet, and then come down? Yes, you're right. You've got it exactly right, so the question is, how much is it?

Prices in Queenstown Skyline

Queenstown Skyline prices are broken down into Gondola, Gondola+Luge, Gondola+Buffet, and Gondola+Luge+Buffet. Of course, there are also separate prices for individuals and families. If you're looking for a package deal, check out the photo above.

If you're thinking I'll just take the gondola down, check out the gondola prices below.

  • Adult (15+) per person: $59 (approx. $50)
  • Child (6 years old to 14 years old) per person: $41 (approx. $32)
  • Infant (under 6) per child: Free
  • Family (2 adults, 3 children): $193 (approx. $160,000)
  • Family (2 adults, 2 kids): $160 (approx. $130,000)
  • Family (2 adults, 1 child): $ 151 (approx. $120)


Book Queenstown Skyline

Reservations for Queenstown Skyline can be made online and offline If you would like to book online, please use the link button below. For offline bookings, tickets can be purchased on site.

Please note that prices may change between the time of writing and when you book. For accurate pricing, please refer to the Queenstown Skyline website below.


Queenstown Skyline Gondola

Queenstown Skyline Gondola

The Queenstown Skyline Gondola is undergoing a 2023 expansion, and it's much bigger than it used to be, so the current gondola is for 10 people. It's five people in front and five in back, but they don't usually judge you if you go up there with two or three people, because they'll let you pass.

The ride up to the observation deck from the Skyline ticket office is not very long, maybe 5-7 minutes depending on your experience. The photo below was taken from inside the gondola, looking down.

The view below from inside the gondola

I live in Queenstown, so I got a one-year pass, which means I can ride dozens of times a year and it's free. When family and friends come to visit, I make sure to take them to the Queenstown Skyline.

As a result, I ended up paying for my own gondola ride every time, so I bought a one-year pass. For reference, the price of a one-year pass is $100 (about $80,000). It costs 50,000 won for an adult to ride the gondola once, but isn't it much cheaper? You can purchase the 1-year pass on the website linked above.

With a 1-year pass, you can skip the line, show your pass at the door, and board right away.


Queenstown Skylines Lookout

Queenstown Skyline Lookout

If you walk into any Queenstown souvenir shop, you'll see many postcards and photos with the same picture above. This photo was taken from the Skyline Lookout. The lower part of the picture is the center of Queenstown, and the peninsula-like area behind it is the Kelvin Heights neighborhood.

When you come up on the gondola, most people head to this viewpoint because it's so photogenic. Queenstown is known for being really scenic everywhere, and this is one of my favorite places to take in the views.

Once you've been up there, you'll get a feel for what I'm talking about. The Skyline isn't all about the buffet, there are restaurants for quick snaps, coffee and drinks, and there are also shops selling souvenirs.

Queenstown skyline at night

I think it's nice to be able to go whenever I want without the one-year pass. The photo above was taken from the Skyline Observation Deck at night, which gives it a different feel than the one I took during the day. Which view do you guys like better?


Queenstown Skyline Buffet

For adults, the Skyline Lunch Buffet is priced at $122 for lunch and $142 for dinner. Queenstown is more expensive than other cities. Unless it's a light meal like sushi or donburi, a meal usually costs around $20 to $30.

To be honest, I don't think it's very flavorful for the price of a Queenstown restaurant, but that's just me, so I'd recommend buying groceries and cooking at home.

By the way, the Queenstown Skyline Buffet is decent, if pricey: $120 for the dinner buffet, minus $50 for the gondola ride, and you're looking at $70 for the meal. I'd probably eat here for that price, but that's a very personal preference, so take it with a grain of salt.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, if you're traveling from Korea, don't expect too much. We don't want you to expect to get a Korean buffet for the price in New Zealand. Just think of it as "this is what a New Zealand buffet looks like" and enjoy your meal.

Meats include chicken, pork, lamb, steak, venison, and more. I particularly enjoyed the lamb, and I think there was a salad section, a vegetarian section, sushi, seafood, cheese, breads and soups, and a dessert section.

The selection wasn't extensive, but it was still nice to have a variety of food options. Oh, and if you order wine or soda, you'll have to pay for those separately.


Finalize

I wish I had a picture of the luge, but I don't. Skyline is also in Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand, where I first tried the luge. I thought it looked like a kid's game, but I was surprised at how fast it was.

It's worth noting that the luge has been carved into the mountain, so it's a bit chilly at speed, so if you're not a fan of the cold, wear a thick jumper. Also, Skyline offers a stargazing experience (for a fee) at night where you can twinkle in the clear Queenstown sky, if you're interested.

If you're coming from Queenstown, activities are a given, but if you're looking for a quieter view, this Queenstown skyline might be better for you.

Another Queenstown travel icon is the TSS Unslow Steamship Tourif you're looking for a newer version, please read my original post. Thanks for reading.

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