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10 aerial trams with unmatchable views

By: Josh Lew on April 27, 2014, 12:19 p.m.
Queenstown Skyline Gondola

Photo: Gwydion M Williams/Flickr

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Queenstown Skyline Gondola, New Zealand

Climbing just over 1,500 vertical feet in only a few minutes, this aerial tram in New Zealand offers some stunning views. The Queenstown resort area sits on Lake Wakatipu, a body of water nestled in between the mountains of the Otago region of the South Island. The tram passes over the area's trademark fir forests, running up to a summit known as Bob's Peak. Many people try to time their ride so that they are either going up or coming down at sunset, when the shadows created by the surrounding mountains are especially dramatic. After dark, a portion of the mountain served by the Gondola is reserved especially for stargazing. No lights are allowed.