Fodor's Expert Review Skyline Skyrides
A 2,900-foot cable-car system carries you up Mt. Ngongotaha for spectacular views over Lake Rotorua. At the summit, 1,600-feet above sea level, there's a café, a restaurant, a souvenir shop, and several Kiwi ways to trigger a heart attack—including the Sky Swing, a giant three-person swing that hits speeds up to 150 kph (93 mph). As an alternative, try the luge track, where you can take hair-raisingly fast rides on wheeled bobsled-like contraptions (you can also go slowly; a braking system gives you full control of your speed). The track runs partway down the mountain, winding through the redwood trees; from the bottom, you can return to the summit on a separate chairlift. For further thrills, consider ziplining or mountain biking.