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 – 4pm (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
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Customer reviews

March 28, 2020
For an introduction to NZ at the start of our 33day road trip this was a very pleasant experience. We had good weather dry and very sunny and fresh air!!

lampug - Essex, United Kingdom

March 23, 2020
The only way to travel - it's quick and efficient and good value, and has the benfit of great views from the top!

TonyBCambs - Cambs

March 17, 2020
Great ride up the gondola with awesome views! Big gift shop to get all kinds of souvenirs in. There is also a cafe up the top.

TravelBug - Queensland, Australia

March 15, 2020
Purchased annual pass tickets for 2 of us (mainly to enable us to take 2 year old grandson - free for under 5's accompanied by adults), on multiple trips over 12 month period. Tickets if used regularly are good value @ 69 each, or $149 for a family pass. Gondola gives superb views of Christchurch City & Lyttelton Harbour. Nice gift shop at the top, along with a large café with great views. Plenty of short walks also available from the top. The Tram aspect gives a nice 45 minute ride around central city - there's about 5-6 trams, so they go by every 10-15 mins at worst. Good commentaries by the conductors. Well worth the cost (as long as used regularly over 12 months). Can go round & round if bored unlimited trips !

peterussell - 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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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, 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 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.

Please note that the Gondola Shuttle is currently closed with a planned re-opening later in 2021.


Time Tunnel Experience

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

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