Christchurch Gondola

The 360° Views Are Unique

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What you need to know

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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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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.


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

December 4, 2019
This beautiful gondola ride offers the most incredible views of the city. Once you get to the top enjoy even more breathtaking views from the observation areas or take a hike around the mountain or you can even hike the 45 minutes down instead of riding back down. Nice cafe at the top and plenty of helpful and friendly staff to answer questions.

Attarah - Grosse Pointe, Michigan

December 1, 2019
Despite quite a bit of cloud we decided to go up anyway. We had an uneventful trip up despite the wind and the views were good between the clouds. We couldn't see the Alps but were able to see the Plains and on the other side, Lyttelton harbour and the hills. It was very windy walking around the outside of the building but the coffee and cake in the red rock cafe were in a nice warm environment. The gift shop had some unusual and high quality souvenirs. We didn't have time for the time tunnel but instead decided to walk down to the memorial at the top of the Bridle path. This commemorates the pioneer settler women who walked this track up from Lyttelton where they arrived and down the other side to their plots of land in the new Christchurch, carrying everything they brought with them from UK. Once there, we chose to carry on walking down instead of going back up to the gondola only to come down again and it was getting late in the afternoon. The last ride down is 5.30.

Kate F

November 21, 2019
Stunning trip up and down on the gondola. Would recommend for a wonderful view of Christchurch and the surrounding mountains. Once at the top the harbour views of Lyttelton spread out below you. Lots of great walks for those so inclined.

MiniMelb - Melbourne

November 21, 2019
We were lucky to make the Gondola trip in brilliant morning sunshine. Breathtaking views of the whole region, particularly from the top terminal. Paragliders soared below us. Keen walkers and cyclists exalt in the open spaces. The top terminal has a gift shop, cafe and time tunnel display. Cable cars depart about every 30 seconds If we lived in Christchurch we would come here every clear day.

ElvisPKing - Palmerston, Australia

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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