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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 – 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.

COMBINE AND SAVE!

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

September 10, 2019
The trip up and down, as well as the observation facility at the top provides fantastic views of Lyttelton Harbor, Christchurch, the beaches and the Southern Alps. The cafe up top also has great snacks and a variety of beverages.

bobboze - Chula Vista, California

September 10, 2019
We took our three kids up the gondola on a beautiful Spring day recently. We enjoyed the views, the Moa tour and found all staff very friendly. I would recommend visiting.

Outdoor_liv - Albury, New Zealand

September 3, 2019
Our 4 young grandchildren were very excited to ride on the gondola with stunning views going up and down the Port hills. The staff at reception and at the time tunnel were very respectful towards the young enthusiastic children. Congratulations to the staff for a wonderful addition to the attractions with the moa in the time tunnel.

Mervyn B

August 27, 2019
For a decent price, you get a pretty amazing view with a nice place to hang out. Nice tracks to walk and the cafe was pretty nice too.

Mua287 - 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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