It's great to act like a five year old sometimes

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The Luge tracks - internet photo

After my beautiful morning cruising Milford Sound, and flying over the stunning South Island countryside, I met Lauren in town and we made our way back up to the Skyline gondola, this time to go on the Luge ride. As we got to the ticket counter for the Gondola, one of the guys behind the counter said, “These girls have been up three days in a row.” And plucky Lauren asked if there was any discount for the third day in a row, they ended up not charging us the cost of the gondola ride $21 and only charged us the cost of the Luge.

We bought five rides, and once at the top of the mountain, picked out our helmets and made our way to the top of the chairlift, where the staff gave some instructions on how to stop.

The Luge - Internet photo
If you don’t stop the proper way you could go flying over the handle bars and end up in all sorts of trouble. I’d like to see it happen though. Hahaha. Anyway, those visions aside... oh, we did see one guy being patched up, he had banged up his arm pretty bad and was covered in blood, so it can be a dangerous ride.

There are two runs you can take, the slow and scenic one and the fast, adrenalin rush one. As first timers, we had to take the slow scenic run at least once. We really enjoyed it; it is really pretty from up there, you have the gorgeous view of The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu and the whole of Queenstown, so we were happy to go the slow scenic one for our first two runs.

View from the Luge
However, once we hit the fast one we couldn’t get enough of it. There were water hazards (a sprinkler wetting the course), dips and bumps you go flying over and you can become airborne, depending on how fast you go, and we were going as fast as we could. You have to watch yourself going around some of the hairpin turns, I had visions of myself flying through the air off the side of the mountain and landing in the lake down at Queenstown. It was funny hurtling down the hill following Lauren, with her helmet on and her hair streaming out behind her head, I got the giggles a few times, thinking about what big kids we were.

The Luge was wonderful fun and I will do it again first chance I get. It was a shame we were so pressed for time and only managed the five runs, however it was well worth the third trip up to the top of the mountain.

My wine sampler
When you go to Queenstown, do yourself a favour and go on the Luge, and the great thing is, it doesn’t matter how young or old you are, we met some people in their 70’s who thoroughly enjoyed it and really little kids can ride with their parents.

After our final ride back down the Gondola, we head into town and made our way to the Boardwalk Seafood Restaurant overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the dock where the TSS Earnslaw departs from on its evening cruise. We had a thoroughly enjoyable meal here, not that I can remember what I ate, with my lack of sleep, things were starting to all blur together. I do remember Lauren had the fish and chips, and of course I had some kind of seafood meal, what I do remember (thanks to the photos) was we both tried the wine sampler. With the Duetz Marlborough Cuvee, the Duetz Marlborough Cuvee Rose and the Montana Letter Series ‘O’ Ormond Chardonnay. They were all very lovely wines, and just enough for two very tired girls to be able to make their way home and fall into bed for a sound night sleep.

vances says:
dang, that really sounds awesome!
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
travellingaussie says:
I don't believe it, you acting like a five-year-old. Never! LOL
Some of my fondest memories are of acting like a five-year-old with you. :)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2008
pyrofirefairy says:
you just have way to much fun!! haha looks like an awesome trip!
Posted on: Jan 11, 2008
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The Luge tracks - internet photo
The Luge tracks - internet photo
The Luge - Internet photo
The Luge - Internet photo
View from the Luge
View from the Luge
My wine sampler
My wine sampler
Pretty poetry lined wall in Queens…
Pretty poetry lined wall in Queen…
...in that glacier known as the pa…
...in that glacier known as the p…
Crystal clear waters of Lake Wakat…
Crystal clear waters of Lake Waka…
Tick Tock
Tick Tock
Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Queenstown in winter, this was a p…
Queenstown in winter, this was a …
The Luge - Internet photo
The Luge - Internet photo
Veiw from the Luge
Veiw from the Luge
Luge this way
Luge this way
The Luge chairlift
The Luge chairlift
Queenstown
photo by: genetravelling