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Adult: NZ$42
Child (5-15years): NZ$22
Infant: Free
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children): NZ$117


Quick Info

DURATION: Allow 1-2 hours to visit
OPEN HOURS: 10am-4pm daily. Last ride down 60 minutes after closing.
PHONE: +64 3 384 0310
MINIMUM AGE: There is no minimum age, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Breath-Taking Panoramic Views

An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning panoramic views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, and beyond. Another one of the best things to do in Christchurch. Gaze at the snow-capped Southern Alps, sprawling Canterbury Plains and the sparkling waters of Pegasus Bay and the Pacific Ocean. A great family-friendly spot to explore.

The summit station offers plenty to entertain: explore the many walking tracks, learn about the history of the area on the Christchurch Discovery Ride, and indulge in a spot of shopping at our well-priced gift shop. Sit back and take in the fantastic views with a drink, snack, or meal from the licensed Red Rock Café.

Our 4-seat cabins are allocated per group to ensure exclusivity for your Gondola ride, and the changing weather and seasons mean a different view every time you visit. For frequent visitors we recommend our great-value Tram & Gondola Annual Pass – perfect for locals! Please note our cafe closes at 4:30pm and Christchurch Discovery Ride closes at 4:15pm.

The Base Station of the Gondola is nestled in Heathcote Valley where you will find plenty of parking for cars and coaches. The Summit Station – including the Red Rock Cafe, Christchurch Discovery Ride and gift shop – is at the top of Mt Cavendish. The Gondola trip up to the summit takes approximately 10 minutes, and we can stop the ride for guests requiring assistance, including wheelchairs (up to a maximum of 600mm in width). The cableway spans 862 horizontal metres and our Gondola cabins are very stable and comfortable, offering spectacular views in all directions.

Keen to learn more about the sights you’ll see? Visit our Scan & Learn site by scanning the QR codes around the Summit Station to learn more about the landmarks you’ll spot from the Gondola!

The Christchurch Gondola is just a 15-minute drive from central Christchurch, and a large carpark is available at the Gondola Base Station for customers to use free of charge.

Our Gondola Shuttle operates between Cathedral Square in the central city and the Christchurch Gondola during the summer season from October to March. The shuttle departs from Cathedral Square on the half hour from 9:30am until 3:30pm, and from the Christchurch Gondola on the hour from 10am until 4pm. Return and one-way tickets can be purchased from our Tram Hosts at Tram Stops 2 and 4, or from the driver (please note only card payments are accepted for onboard fares).

Transport to the Gondola is available on public bus number 8  year-round, departing from the Christchurch Bus Interchange between Lichfield and Tuam Streets behind The Crossing Complex. For those arriving at the Bus Interchange by tram, this is a short one-block walk from tram stops 5 and 8.


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Walking Tracks

There are plenty of great walking tracks to explore from the Gondola Summit Station, from a 15-minute stroll to trails taking a few hours to complete – all with spectacular views along the way! Grab a map from our team or download one here.

Red Rock Café

Enjoy a great coffee and delicious food while surrounded by stunning views. From cabinet selections to a kitchen menu and child-friendly favourites, there’s a tasty option for everyone. Private lunch and morning or afternoon tea options are also available for groups of a minimum of 20 people: please contact us for further details.

Christchurch Discovery Ride

At the summit, experience the Christchurch Discovery Ride: a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region from millions of years ago to the present day.

Shop at The Top

Our retail store offers a wide range of souvenirs, gifts, clothing and more at reasonable prices, as well as bargain sales to grab quality products at a discounted rate.

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We’ve been owned and operated by local Kiwi families since 2005.

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