Note: We visited Coronet Peak in early March 2020. With the current lockdown in New Zealand due to Coronavirus, this activity is not available at the moment. But, keep it in mind for a future trip!
The Queenstown area is known for its epic views and adventurous activities. It is definitely a can’t-miss stop for anyone touring New Zealand. Want a 360-degree view of Queenstown and the surrounding mountains without all the work of hiking all the way up? Coronet Peak is usually a winter destination for skiing, etc. but they have also opened up for the summer with a gondola to take you to the views and even an option to bring a picnic up with you! It is a unique activity we highly recommend and a great date option with the romantic dining bonus.
Coronet Peak Gondola & Other Activities
First off, if you aren’t familiar with New Zealand seasons, it is important to note that summer activities at Coronet Peak are available from December to March and skiing season is June to October.
We visited in early March and, although a bit chilly in the wind, we had absolutely perfect weather and clear skies to take in the stunning views.
Summer activities include a scenic gondola ride, hiking, mountain biking, and even a disc golf course.
Winter activities, of course, include skiing and snow activities like renting a toboggan. But you can still take the chair lift up to take in the views without doing any skiing. They also have night ski and dance events that look super fun.
There are all-season dining options on the mountain, including getting a picnic to-go from Cafe 120 – as we will share more about soon!
The Amazing Queenstown VIEWS!
It’s location, just about 20 minutes from central Queenstown, means you’ll be getting gorgeous views of the city atop Coronet Peak – with Queenstown Hill easily visible and scenic Lake Wakitipu beyond.
However, what makes this activity stand out is the surrounding mountains that you’ll get to take in as well. On a clear day, you can see the dozens of surrounding peaks – including the iconic Remarkables mountain range. Miles of amazing views in every direction!
A Mountain-Top Picnic for Two
Of course, the views are the highlight for a summer trip to Coronet Peak, but getting a picnic hamper to take in the gondola and up to the viewing area with you makes it super romantic – or a fun and unique lunch option for individuals, families, or friends visiting.
We got to choose some tea, a sandwich option, and even dessert! It was really sweet to find a little spot of our own to set up our picnic – something we haven’t done in as long as I can remember!
The team at the cafe thought of everything – with a blanket, cutlery, cups, and even sugar for our tea. It was such a memorable way to spend a day of our visit to Queenstown. We really appreciated that this was an option and that it really wasn’t much more than purchasing lunch in the cafe.
Special thanks to Coronet Peak for hosting us on this fun Queenstown day trip. As always, all opinions are our own.