Queenstown (1) – Skyline Gondola and Luge

Friday 09/03

Vlog by Ludivine: see below.


By me:

Homeschooling in the morning.

I go and do my shopping among the countless companies offering (expensive) outdoor adventurous activities. Queenstown is world-renowned as the birthplace of bungy jumping but there’s much more than this; Queenstown is really NZ’s hub of the outdoor activities. It offers jetboat, skydive, zipline, luge, paraglide, heli-tour, rafting, canyoning… I eventually end up buying the tickets for the activities at Happy Travel. The guy has been quite helpful and gave me good advice.

Our programme will be as follows: today luge, tomorrow bungy jump (Ludivine, Florence and I), Sunday Ben Lomond trek and Monday (Jules’ birthday) riverboating (Jules and I). What an exciting programme! We’ll then leave for 4 days: one day in Milford Sound (overnight cruise) and right after a 3-day trek (the famous Routeburn Track). Then we stay a last day in Queenstown before leaving on Sunday, to Easter Island (via Tahiti).

I also go to the post office to get back my camera (sent to the Poste Restante). I’m so glad to get it back!

After a salad, we hop aboard the gondolas.

From the top, we have fantastic views over Queenstown and the Lake Wakatipu.

There’s a luge circuit at the top. I bought 3 luge descent tickets for each of us. We hop on the three-wheeled carts to ride the 800m track. We first nail the Blue Track once and we’re then allowed on the more advanced Red Track, with its banked corners and tunnels. It’s great fun. There’s a chairlift bringing us up each time. We enjoy our rides.

After our 3 descents, we take the gondolas back to town, where we eat a delicious ice cream at Mrs Ferg. We’ve eaten much fewer ice creams in NZ than in Australia. The weather was different…

For dinner, we eat soups with good (walnuts) bread



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