Here's another great reason to spend the British winter down under in New Zealand.

After being talked about for years the Queenstown gondola in New Zealand is finally getting kitted out to carry bikes for a four-month trial period from January 24 to May 29 next year.

Fraser Gordon from the Queenstown Mountain bike club says: "The gondola is situated right in downtown Queenstownand climbs 500 vertical metres to access Ben Lomond forest above the town, there are heaps of sick DH tracks already there with more being planned for the future. We want Queenstown to become the "Whistler" of the southern hemisphere and it's all kicking off next January"

Mountain Biking season dates

Monday 24th January - Sunday 29th May 2011

(Closed to Mt Bikes over Easter 22nd - 28th April 2011)

Open daily 10.00am - 8.00pm

Products & Pricing Adult Youth
Single up hill Gondola ride (incl bike) $30.00 $30.00
Day Pass $70.00 $60.00
3 Day Pass (used in a week) $165.00 $135.00
5 Day Pass (used in a month) $250.00 $200.00
Season Pass $475.00 $375.00

The gondola will operate from 10am till 8pm, but bikers will have restricted access during peak dining times from 5pm – 6.30pm and will be banned from the gondola during the Easter period from April 22 to 28.

For more info check out Skyline