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Christchurch Gondola

The 360° Views Are Unique

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What you need to know

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Duration

Allow 50-60 minutes to visit

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Open hours

Daily from 10am – 5pm (last ride up)
Closed Christmas Day

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Minimum Age

There is no minimum age but for safety reasons children must be accompanied by an adult

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What's at the top

Shop at the Top
Red Rock Café
Time Tunnel Experience
Free Wi-Fi
Spectacular 360 view.

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We are committed to giving you the best experience possible. Whether you are a visitor to Christchurch or a local exploring your hometown sights, our friendly staff will show you the best attractions the city has to offer.

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Purchase our combo tickets for great discounts:
Combine TWO attractions and save $5
Combine THREE attractions and save $10
Combine FOUR attractions and save $15
Savings valid for adult tickets

Customer reviews

February 23, 2020
Worth to do the trip with the gondola as you have a stunning 360 degree view from the top station. If you book together with tramway tour, you get a discount on Gondola

Babajaga

February 21, 2020
We took the gondola to get the over view of Christchurch but we were in awe of the views the other side of the bay. Glorious mountain and sea views. Fantastic walks around available with no time limit on hour ticket. A must do experience

Dean F - Munich, Germany

February 19, 2020
It's best to choose a day when you can see down the mountainside to the harbor on one side and Christchurch on the other. But even if the views aren't great, there is a nice little cafe at the top with reasonable prices and a complete menu. The gift shop is fun to explore and the time tunnel museum/ride is included with your gondola ticket. A great excursion for a couple of hours just outside of Christchurch proper.

JohnANDLee W - Durham

February 16, 2020
Although I am not keen on gondola rides, I am so glad we took the time to do this one! Amazing views of the sea and landscapes of the port hills, Lyttelton Harbour and Sumner area. Very well done facility at the top , nice cafe and shop. Would highly recommend

laurielamb - Christchurch, New Zealand

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 Time Tunnel, shop and café – is at the top of Mt Cavendish. The Gondola trip up to the summit takes approximately 10 minutes, 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 360° views.

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RED ROCK CAFE

For customers wishing to enjoy a private lunch with a view, our Gondola Restaurant is available for group bookings during our Gondola opening hours (please note a minimum of 20 people applies. Evening bookings are unavailable). Please contact us for further details.

Functions at the Gondola

The stunning views of Christchurch city, the ocean, Southern Alps and Lyttelton Harbour make a wedding, dinner, conference or meeting at the top of Christchurch’s Mt Cavendish incomparable. View our unique Gondola function venue for more information.

Shop at The Top

You can buy souvenirs, gifts, greeting cards and much more for a reasonable price at our Gondola Shop. We also have everyday bargain sales where you can buy quality products for a cheaper price.

 

Getting there

The Gondola is just a 15-minute drive from central Christchurch. The Gondola Shuttle operates daily and departs the central city from Cathedral Square at the following times: 9:30am (September-May), 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The Shuttle departs the Gondola at 10:00am (September-May), 11:05am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:35pm and 4:30pm.  Adult tickets cost $10 return, and child (5-15yrs inclusive) tickets cost $5 return.

Tickets can be purchased from the shuttle driver.

Transport to the Gondola is also available on public bus number 28, departing from the City Exchange on Lichfield Street behind The Crossing Complex. The City Bus Exchange is located between Lichfield and Tuam Streets behind Ballantynes and Cashel Mall.

Time Tunnel Experience

At the summit, experience the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region.

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