These Are the World's Coolest Tram Rides

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Greg Balfour Evans

These cable cars make getting from here to there a scenic, adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown, New Zealand

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Think aerial trams are all about passively taking in the views? Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola would like an adrenaline-fueled word with you. To be sure, the views are spectacular—a 220-degree sweep of the aptly named Remarkables Range dipping into crooked alpine Lake Wakatipu, with Queenstown’s rugged town center looking like a little Lego village below. But it’s what you can do with that extra 1,476 feet of altitude that gets a Kiwi’s pulse racing: paragliding, luge racing, and, of course, bungee jumping (invented on the nearby Kawarau Bridge in 1988). At night, stick around the upper Skyline complex for live Kiwi Haka Maori shows and stargazing. skyline.co.nz

These Are the World's Coolest Tram Rides

Skyline Gondola, Queenstown, New Zealand

Think aerial trams are all about passively taking in the views? Queenstown’s Skyline Gondola would like an adrenaline-fueled word with you. To be sure, the views are spectacular—a 220-degree sweep of the aptly named Remarkables Range dipping into crooked alpine Lake Wakatipu, with Queenstown’s rugged town center looking like a little Lego village below. But it’s what you can do with that extra 1,476 feet of altitude that gets a Kiwi’s pulse racing: paragliding, luge racing, and, of course, bungee jumping (invented on the nearby Kawarau Bridge in 1988). At night, stick around the upper Skyline complex for live Kiwi Haka Maori shows and stargazing. skyline.co.nz

Greg Balfour Evans
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