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Christchurch Gondola

The 360° Views Are Unique

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Duration

Allow 50-60 minutes to visit

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Open hours

Daily from 10am – 5.00pm (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 23, 2018
We had just shifted to Christchurch and decided to take in the sights. We enjoyed from view from the top and also the carriage ride through taking in the spectaculars of CHCH. Yes well worth the visit.

Sandra R

July 18, 2018
Even though the rain clouds were low and grey, we decided to go up anyway. Nice gondolas, easy to get on and off. Good informative displays when you get up there and a really good cafe. The clouds lifted and we saw spectacular views. The clouds came over again, and went again, etc, etc - but we caught some fabulous views. Very enjoyable.

Ramplifers Waipapakauri, New Zealand

July 16, 2018
I took the opportunity to get free tickets for my 10 year old and 11 year old grandchildren to ride the gondola in the holidays. They were totally mesmerised by the experienced in the gondola. Couldn't get enough of the views - it was a wonderfully sunny winter's day - they tried to figure out how the Gondolas operated. It was such a great choice for them. The views at the top are magical and an educational opportunity.. The cafe was very busy, but the staff pointed out how long the wait would be and we were happy to sit and look out at Christchurch and Lyttelton. The food itself was true Kiwi cafe style, meat pies, savouries, Vivace coffee (won me over) and lots of Gluten Free choices. The line for the Time Tunnel was long so we skipped that for this visit. I think the experience was huge success. Will definitely go there again.

Pauline B Christchurch, New Zealand

July 16, 2018
I have an annual pass and go up the gondola frequently. I also have an Air bnb and highly recommend my guests visit the Gondola. It's a must do really. From my trips up I would recommend the following for tourists: try going up in the morning. I have found that the weather is often clearer and calmer in the morning. It becomes hazy later in the afternoon, but if that's the only time you can make it, then it's still worth it for sure. And in the winter you might catch a nice sunset if you wait till after 5pm to return to base. Take a warm jacket. The wind can be cold up there. I would recommend the Time Tunnel. It doesn't cost any extra to do this. There may be a wait but it's very informative and interesting. 7 mins long. The cafe has really yummy food. I enjoy a cup of tea and a scone when I take my work up there. (The benefit of an annual pass - I often do my work up there). I never tire of the view. The staff are really friendly and helpful. There are also lovely walks from the gondola so wear good hiking shoes if you're planning on going for a walk. I only wish it was open for longer in the summer. :-)

Keryn611 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 outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue at the following times: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. The Shuttle departs the Gondola on the hour during the morning and on the half hour during the afternoon.  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 the Re-Start 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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