Breath-Taking Panoramic Views
An unmissable Christchurch experience, the Gondola offers stunning panoramic views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, and beyond. 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!
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.
Transport to the Gondola is available on public bus number 28, 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.
Please note that the Gondola Shuttle is currently closed.
What people say
A nice gondola ride to a multi level viewing deck. It has a ride on time tunnel (!). The views are quite simply, incredible. The café is nice, as is the gift shop. The staff were very friendly.
Amazing scenery from the top of the hill! Staff are super friendly and helpful. Cafe is nice on the top with a good variety of options. Entry ticket are affordable.
The fantastic views 👏 exciting trip up on the gondolas, yummy lunch, a wander around the gift shop for a couple of purchases, friendly staff. Thank you I will return again!!
Just stunning. Booked online which was really easy. Welcoming staff. Cafe had good range of options which were family friendly. Clean bathrooms. The Christchurch history tour is a wee hidden gem. Well worth it
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