Adrenalin Action at Skyline Rotorua

The adrenalin wasn’t ours, it belonged to the young girl who was saying “I can’t, I can’t do it”. We were standing on the ground looking up as she hung 50 metres above in the Skyswing at Skyline Rotorua. What she couldn’t do (and who could blame her?) was pull the cord that would release the Skyswing and send her flying over the side of Mount Ngongotaha. (Feb 2017 video shows man fainting twice!! on the Skyswing).

Going up on the Skyswing

Going up on the Skyswing

Looking down over the side of Mount Ngongotaha

Looking down over the side of Mount Ngongotaha

Pull the cord, the Skyswing is released and you swing over the side of the mountain

Pull the cord, the Skyswing is released and you swing over the side of the mountain

Someone pulled the cord, my guess it was Dad, and the family of three zoomed over our heads. I was relieved, both for the young girl and myself. Now that I’d heard and seen how scary the Skyswing could be, I’d decided I was never going up there.

Swinging over Mount Ngongotaha

Swinging over Mount Ngongotaha

Not everyone’s a scaredy cat like me though, these two guys were smiling as they prepared to swing over the mountain.

No fear

No fear

Cost? $35 adult, $25 child (stay in your seat and swing again for $20/$15). A DVD of your swing is $30. You also need to add the cost of getting to the top of Mount Ngongotaha on the Gondola* – $27 adult, child $13.50, family $68. (Also check out the Deal page).

Gondolas at Skyline Rotorua

Gondolas at Skyline Rotorua

A new adrenalin attraction at Skyline Rotorua is the Zoom Zipline. Unlike the Luge and Skyswing, there weren’t many people lining up to zip down the mountain, but this guy obviously wanted to make his trip memorable by travelling upside down. Cost? $39 (second ride $25), + Gondola.

Upside down on the Zipline

Upside down on the Zipline

As I’ve used zipline and Rotorua in the same sentence it’s only right to mention Canopy Tours¬†and their exceptional reviews. I’m not sure if you can travel upside though.

Much lighter on adrenalin, but definitely the most popular activity (aside from eating) at Skyline Rotorua is the Luge. The Luge is definitely more my speed although I had to leave it to Mike to take the journey down the mountain this time round. There are three tracks to choose from, start off on the scenic track if you’re a first timer and then progress to the intermediate or advanced tracks if you want more speed.

Luging

Luging

This sums up what most people think about the Luge …….

Skyline Luge - Once Is Never Enough

Skyline Luge – Once Is Never Enough

Ride the chairlift up the mountain after you've been on the Luge  or Zipline

Ride the chairlift up the mountain after you’ve been on the Luge or Zipline

Cost? 1 x luge ride $11, 2 x $19, 3 x $24, 5 x $33, + Gondola. *A tip for locals or frequent visitors to Skyline Rotorua – purchase an Annual Gondola Card for $50 adult, $25 child, follow the link to see the discounts including unlimited gondola travel and $5.50 luge rides. Skyline Rotorua also attend the annual Home & Leisure Show and usually offer a two year card for the price of one. We took up the offer this year in favour of paying $35 each to renew our cards. The show is usually held in July and entry is $5.

A happy local on the Luge

A happy local on the Luge

2 thoughts on “Adrenalin Action at Skyline Rotorua

    • Hi, that’s two of us in the same boat, definitely not the swing ;). It takes an extra bit of bravery to pull the cord to release the swing so it’s definitely not a ride to do alone unless you’re fearless.

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