Skyline’s Luge Makeover
For the ultimate thrill, few attractions beat the thrill of luging down a mountain. And, if you’re a fan of Skyline Rotorua’s, you’re one step closer to a new adrenaline fix, with three new and improved luge track options coming this summer.
As part of the ongoing evolution of the Luge experience, the world-famous advanced track is ‘under FUNstruction’ while Skyline Rotorua have been hard at work, re-envisioning the park’s classic luge adventure into a more exhilarating ride – making the fun last longer.
The existing 550 metre track will trade its thrilling ride for 1500 metres of three new tracks, with more corners, tunnels, 360-degree corkscrews, and multiple pathways to the bottom. It will be a first-of-its-kind immersive luge experience in New Zealand. In addition, all tracks will be decked with new lighting, which means night luge options will be available on every path.
Details of the project were unveiled earlier this year in celebration of 35 years since Rotorua’s luge track opened as the first commercial luge operation in the world, and the development of luge carts for the rest of the world.
“Since 1985 when Skyline Rotorua became the first luge site in the world to operate commercially, visitors both young and old have grown to love this must-do iconic kiwi adventure – the luge,” says Skyline Rotorua’s general manager, Andrew Jensen. “I’m thrilled that this exciting project will refresh and improve the experience for our customers over the many years to come,” he adds.
The upgrade comes in the midst of a challenging period for wider tourism, however it will provide much additional value to an already strong domestic customer base.
“It goes without saying that due to the impacts of COVID-19, the past 12 months have been extremely difficult to navigate, but we’re incredibly optimistic about the future due to the resilience shown by not only the people of Rotorua but all New Zealanders as recognised internationally. We’ve been humbled by the support of domestic visitors during this time and see these developments as a way for Kiwis to do something new here on site.”
The project blessing took place last year in partnership with local Ngati Whakaue kaumatua and other iwi representatives throughout the planning and consenting processes, while archaeologists have overseen the initial earthworks stage of the build. Skyline is very grateful for their support and continued guardianship of the land Skyline Rotorua occupies on the side of Mt Ngongotahā.
The scenic and intermediate tracks will continue to operate throughout the construction period, so you can still get your fix while you wait.