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5 Things to KNOW About Riding the Luge in Queenstown

5 Things to KNOW About Riding the Luge in Queenstown

Racing around Bob’s Peak in a Luge cart is one of those must-do activities in Queenstown. Seriously, these little gravity-fueled carts may not look like much, but riding in one is a blast! 

But if you want to try the Luge in Queenstown, there are a few very important things I think you should know before you go.  

Let’s face it, if you’re like I once was, and have never ridden a “luge” before, then it’s hard to know what to expect. So, let me help you. In this blog, I’ll tell you all about Queenstown’s Luge include 5 must know tips before you go! 

Things to Know About Riding the Queenstown Luge

1. You’ll need to get yourself up to Bob’s Peak 

Views from Skyline in Queenstown on a winter day with views of the Remarkables Mountain Range and Lake Wakatipu
I never get sick of this iconic view!

First thing’s first, you need to get up to the Luge. That’s right, the Luge ride is not located right in Queenstown, and is actually located at the top of Bob’s Peak overlooking Queenstown.  

From 450 meters above Queenstown at Bob’s Peak, the Luge is located in one of the most beautiful places in Queenstown.  

But if you want to ride the Luge, you’re going to need to get up there first. You have two options, either hike or ride the gondola.  

Hiking the Tiki Trail:

The stairs on the Tiki Trail, Queenstown
Oh no, more stairs!

The Tiki Trail is a hike starting in Queenstown at the end of Brecon Street that takes you all the way to the top of Bob’s Peak (where the Luge is located.) The Tiki Trail isn’t one of Queenstown’s easiest hikes, but it is one of the best! 

This 2.1 kilometer-long trail (1.3 miles) winds its way through the forest offering glimpses of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu along the way. It gains 450 meters in elevation, so although a short hike, it is somewhat steep.  

Hiking the Tiki Trail is completely free, and with the money you’ll save doing this instead of riding the gondola, you can but more Luge rides!  

Ride the Gondola: 

Riding the Queenstown gondola up to the Luge Track in Queenstown
Up I go on the gondola!

Most people ride the Luge in Queenstown after riding the gondola. In fact, the same company operates both activities, and therefore you can buy a combined pass for both the gondola and Luge rides at a discounted rate. 

The gondola leaves from a large station at the end of Brecon Street and operates every day (although opening and closing times do change depending on the day and season.) It costs $44 NZD for an adult and $26 for a child for a return ride. Although it’s a little pricey for a 5 minute ride, it saves you the effort of hiking the Tiki Trail.  

I’ve done both and you really can’t make a wrong decision when it comes to getting to the Luge. It’s just personal preference! 

2. A chairlift takes you to the start of the Luge 

The Luge chairlift in Queenstown, New Zealand
At least you don’t have to walk!

Once you’re up to the Skyline building at Bob’s Peak, you’re still not quite at the Luge. You see, you still need to go up a little further to the start of the Luge track. Once you present your luge passes, you’ll be directed to a small chairlift that takes you directly to the start of the track.  

The chairlift operates exactly the same as a chairlift at a ski field. The lift operator can help you and will give you instructions or assistance as needed. 

To me, this chairlift is an added bonus because you get to enjoy the views and no walking is involved no matter how many times you want to ride.  

But for those who are afraid of heights, this chairlift might be a deal-breaker. So, I just thought I should warn you beforehand so you know what to expect. Before I rode the Luge in Queenstown for myself, I had no idea that a chairlift was involved! 

3. Whatever you do, DO NOT only buy one ride on the Luge 

Two people ride down the Luge track in Queenstown
You’ll want to go at least one more time!

Repeat after me, I will buy more than one ride for the Luge in Queenstown. There’re a few reasons why I say this.  

First of all, on your first time down the Luge track, you’re required to ride on the Blue Track. That’s right, there is more than one track! There are actually two different Luge tracks, the Red and the Blue.  

The Blue is the slower, beginner track. If it’s your first time riding the Luge in Queenstown, you’ll be required to ride the Blue Track first as a practice. You’ll learn the Luge cart this way including how to brake and steer properly.  

After your first run down the track, you’ll be allowed to go on the Red Track. This is when the real fun begins! 

But even if you’re not a thrill-seeker and want to stay on the Blue (which is totally fine), you will want to go more than once. On your first ride down you’ll be so concerned with how to drive the thing, you won’t be able to relax and have a little fun.  

I personally recommend to buy at least two Luge rides right off the get go.  

Also, the more you buy at once the cheaper it is. So, you’re better off just accepting the fact that you’ll want to go a few times and buy a pack of 3 or 4 rides right from the beginning. You’ll save a few dollars this way.

4. It’s actually really fast (and kind of scary) 

People ride the luge in Queenstown with views of Lake Wakatipu in the background
You can go really fast and race your mates!

Now I’m going to be honest, before I rode on the Queenstown Luge for myself, I thought it looked kind of lame. I saw photos of the Luge around town and thought it was a kid’s activity.  

But then I rode the Luge and realized I was totally wrong.  

Although it looks like a small go-cart, the Luge carts go really fast. In fact, riding the luge is one of the best adventure activities you can do in Queenstown.

The Luge track is fairly steep and designed to get real speed! On the Red Track, if you don’t break much and hit some of the jumps, you’ll get some serious air (although I’m not sure you’re supposed to do this, I totally do every time.) 

It’s a really exciting, and you’ll get a quiet the thrill if you don’t use the break!

If you’re not a thrill-seeker, the great thing about riding the Luge in Queenstown is that you control what kind of ride you want to have. Not into going super fast? No worries. Just use your break and you can enjoy a leisurely ride on the track without a worry! 

5. Children can ride too! 

Three people riding the luge in Queenstown
The luge isn’t just for adults!

The Luge is a great family activity in Queenstown because kids can ride too! Kids 6 years old and up that are at least 100 centimeters tall can ride the Blue Track by themselves. If they are at least 135 centimeters tall, they can ride the Red Track too.  

Kids under the age or height requirements can still ride the Luge in Queenstown, however, they just must be accompanied by an adult (or person over the age of 15.) 

So, no matter if you’re on a romantic couple’s trip in Queenstown, a trip with friends, or with your family, the Luge in Queenstown is a great activity! 

Hot tip: You can save by buying your Luge tickets combined with the gondola in advance! This way, not only will you skip the line to buy tickets, but you’ll save a few dollars too – it’s a win-win! 

Other Things to do at Bob’s Peak Other than the Luge 

Enjoying a glass of wine at the Stratosfare Restaurant Queenstown with a beautiful view
Not a bad place to enjoy a meal!

The Luge isn’t the only activity up at Bob’s Peak. The Skyline building is huge and complete with a large restaurant and bar called the Stratosfare. You can stop in here for a drink with a view, which at sunset, is the absolute best!  

But if you want a delicious meal, the Stratosfare restaurant is amazing. It is a gourmet buffet offering New Zealand and international specialties. You need to book the restaurant in advance to secure your table as they are often fully booked.  

One of the best hikes in Queenstown also starts from Bob’s Peak, Ben Lomond. Hiking Ben Lomond Track isn’t easy, but it sure is beautiful and one of my favorite hiking trails on the South Island

Otherwise, you can go bungy jumping, ziplining, paragliding, stargazing, or just enjoy the views from the many viewing platforms. There’s actually so much to do, be sure to add Bob’s Peak to your Queenstown itinerary!

Thanks for reading! 

Bailey from My Queenstown Diary at the Stratosfare Bar Queenstown
Thanks for reading!

I hope this blog has helped you prepare for riding the Queenstown Luge. Honestly, I think you’ll have a great time – it’s actually so much fun! 

Of course, be sure to check out my other blogs on the different things you can do in Queenstown. This blog is a one-stop blog for all things Queenstown!