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Book - Skyline Gondola, Dinner & Stargazing

Marvel at the stunning views as you ride the Skyline Queenstown Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the must-do activities in Queenstown! Sit back and relax as the best views in the region unfold before your eyes and the Gondola carries you 450 metres above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu to the top of Bob's Peak.

Once at the top find your way to the restaurant to feast on delicious New Zealand cuisine for dinner, served up with the best views in town at Stratosfare Restaurant. The famous buffet offers iconic New Zealand dishes infused with international influences, from fresh New Zealand seafood to delectable desserts, there’s something for everyone. Guests can chat with chefs at live cooking stations and watch as they prepare the country’s finest produce, from South-land lamb and beef to hot mussels in a variety of house-made sauces. Indulge in seafood, delicious salads and perfectly cooked meats, all while enjoying spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu and the mountains.

Once the belly is full journey outside to the stargazing platform perched high above Queenstown and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Here keen stargazers have the opportunity to access a 'hidden world' not seen by the naked eye, and impossible to see in many other locations around the world. Skyline Stargazing takes visitors to a specially-constructed area high above the Gondola, where there is no trespassing light, allowing for an unbelievably clear view of the night sky. Top-of-the line telescopes give stargazers the chance to view an amazing array of stunning sights, from the iconic Southern Cross, to nebulas, planets, the Milky Way and other galaxies.


Skyline Stargazing is guaranteed to go ahead each night and the weather conditions will determine if the experience will be indoors or outdoors. Stargazing will be outdoors when conditions allow, otherwise guests will embark on “A Journey through the Night Sky” in the Theatre Space, using state-of-the-art technology and projection to replicate our Night Sky here in Queenstown. 


Bookings are recommended well in advance to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular activity!

INCLUDES:

  • Return Gondola ride
  • Stratosfare Buffet Dinner
  • 60 minute guided Stargazing tour (If weather is poor, an optional indoor alternative is offered in the Theatre Space)

DURATION: Allow 4-5 hours

DINNER TIMES:

Dinner reservations available:

  • Early sitting at 4.30PM, 4:45PM or 5.00PM seating times for 90 minutes dining.
  • Middle sitting at 6:30pm, 6:45PM or 7:00PM seating times for 90 minutes dining.
  • Late sitting at 8.30PM or 8.45PM seating times with no time limit on vacating tables. 

STARGAZING RESERVATION TIMES

  • Varies throughout the year due to daylight hours. 
  • Winter: [June - August] between 7:00pm - 8:00pm tour times.
  • Summer: [December - February] between 10pm - Midnight tour times.
  • Autumn & Spring: between 8pm - 10pm tour times. 

GONDOLA INFORMATION:

Location- Top of Brecon Street, 2 minutes walk from central Queenstown
Altitude- 790m above sea level | 450m above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu
Open- 9AM till late
Check in- Allow 20-30 minutes (30 -45 minutes in peak holiday season) to exchange your tickets, ride the Gondola and check in at the restaurant at the top.

STARGAZING INFORMATION:

Tour Info- After dinner you will be greeted by Skyline's experienced stargazing guide. A quick orientation the tour will begin with a short walk to the purpose built stargazing viewing platform on top of Bob's Peak. Enjoy constellation and sky interpretation, while using quality telescopes to look deep into our galaxy. Then top it all off with a hot chocolate in the Skyline Bar overlooking Queenstown.

What to wear- Please come dressed for a light walk and for being outside. Warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes are advised. They provide complimentary use of Canada goose down jackets for the duration of the tour.

Group size- Tours will run with groups up to 15 people, however minimum numbers may apply for some sessions. All tours can be tailored to suit individual groups and knowledge levels.

Timing- Stargazing tours run for 60 minutes and are available year round, after dark!

Weather - In the event of poor weather - guests will embark on “A Journey through the Night Sky” in the Theatre Space, using state-of-the-art technology and projection to replicate our Night Sky here in Queenstown. The software program allows you to delve further into space, where you can see much greater detail than we see through telescopes from Earth.  A Journey through the Night Sky is presented by professional Stargazing Guides and also features recent photos and videos from current NASA missions.  This experience comes with a complimentary house drink (beer/wine/soft-drink) and snacks in the comfort of the theatre.

If the tour is to be run indoors, guests are welcome to rebook to another night to await favourable viewing conditions for an outdoor tour, at no extra cost.


SKYLINE QUEENSTOWN CANCELLATION POLICY:

Where the Buyer wishes to cancel a Booking/Event made with the Seller.  The Buyer must immediately provide written notification to the Seller of its intention to cancel all or part of the Booking/Event.  

In the event the Buyer cancels all or part of the Booking/Event within 72 hours prior to commencement of the Booking, the Seller reserves the right to retain 10% of the deposit and/or invoice the Buyer for any additional setup costs incurred prior by the cancellation. 

In the event the Buyer cancels all or part of the Booking/Event within 24 hours prior to commencement of the Booking, the Seller reserves the right to charge the full cost of the booking and/or invoice the Buyer for any additional setup costs and/or projected loss of revenue incurred by the late cancellation. 

In the event the Buyer does not show (i.e. “no show”) for a Booking/Event the Seller will retain the Buyer’s deposit and invoice the Buyer for the full cost of the Booking/Event.

The Seller reserves the right to cancel a Booking/Event at any time. The Seller will endeavour to give the Buyer adequate notice of such a cancellation and where appropriate will assist the Buyer in sourcing alternative arrangements.

Where the Seller has cancelled the Booking/Event the Seller will refund the deposit in full.

Cancellation policy for Christmas and New Year’s Eve bookings:

In the event the Buyer cancels all or part of the booking/event 3 months prior to the event and up to 20th December 2019, the Buyer will incur a 10% cancellation fee.

In the event the Buyer cancels all or part of the booking/event after the 20th December 2019, the Buyer will not be entitled to a refund and 100% cancellation fee will apply.

In the event of a ‘no show’ a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

Cancellation policy for bookings made for 25 December 2019 – 25 February 2020:

In the event the Buyer cancels all or part of the Booking/Event less than 21 days and more than 7 days prior to the booking will incur a 10% cancellation fee.

In the event the Buyer cancels all or part of the Booking/Event within a week (7 days) of the booking, a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

In the event of a ‘no-show’ a 100% cancellation fee will apply.

Gondola, Buffet Dinner & Stargazing:
Enjoy the full evening experience at Skyline, with the scrumptious 6 course buffet dinner and night sky tour.

  • Adult $150.00
  • Child $83.00

Gondola & Stargazing ONLY:
Not interested in dinner, but still want to explore the night sky? Then this package is for you. Includes return Gondola and Stargazing tour.

  • Adult $99.00
  • Child $54.00

Take the journey up the Gondola well before your dinner sitting time. Check in at the restaurant once you arrive to secure your seat, it's a first in first served basis, so the earlier you check in the better.

There is plenty to see and do at the top (especially in the summer) so we recommend allowing a minimum of 1 hour to take it all in and have a pre-dinner drink at the incredible Skyline Bar.

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