Christchurch Gondola

The 360° Views Are Unique

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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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Customer reviews

July 2, 2019
My family and I had a great visit to the Christchurch Gondola. We had a nice, clear day so the views were just incredible. With hiking trails, a cafe, gift shop, and cute little ride through NZ history, you can easily spend several hours there.

6Irwins - Napa, California

June 19, 2019
A must do if you visit Christchurch. It takes about 20 mins to get their from CBD. Best times are early mornings or late evenings as the sun can get pretty warm even in winter & even the views are best when the sun is lesser. They’ve got a good tour on top on the history of Christchurch which is also very good.

Riz9999 - Suva, Fiji

June 18, 2019
From the staff at the desk to the staff at the gift shop and time tunnel and the amazing views on the way to the top and at the top it was an unforgettable experience!!!

KimWgtn - Wellington, New Zealand

June 11, 2019
If you like to view areas from a high vantage point, this is the place for you. A relatively short gondola ride takes you to a spot that gives you a view of Christchurch that is probably not equaled in any other location, plus you get the view of Lyttleton as well. The restaurant, visitor center, and shop at the top offer a great selection of food and information. On the trip you can see sheep in their mountainside pastures as well as getting the opportunity to view the entire Christchurch area.

golfer_diner - Emporia, Kansas

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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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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