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 – 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

September 20, 2018
Booked this as part of a combo package with Christchurch attractions and enjoyed it. There is a cafe on top where you can grab a bite to eat / drink. Pretty views and worth a stop if you have time.

LeighK82 - Melbourne, Australia

September 19, 2018
I visited Christchurch in July 2018 with my 16 and 18 year old children. We had two attempts at getting on the Gondola. On our first visit the winds were too strong and the ride was closed. We returned the next day and are so happy that we didn’t miss the opportunity to go on this attraction. I was given the Gondola pass as a gift so I had $75 towards the cost of the tickets. We also had a discount voucher with our hire care through Go rentals. The staff quickly processed my voucher and then applied the discount to the remaining amount. The staff were so friendly and a had a good laugh with us about visiting Australia. There is a souvenir coin vending machine in the entry area. We didn’t have any New Zealand coins but the staff were happy to help us out by converting Australian currency. The service was outstanding. The ride to the top of the cliff in the Gondola is spectacular. I’m terrified of heights but this was an easy ride because the Gondola hugs the side of the mountain as it heads up the hill. The view at the top is breathtaking and we have some fantastic photos of the day. A photographer takes your photo as you enter the Gondola which is available for purchase as you leave. The photos were so nicely presented in a folder with information about the Gondola. Loved that special touch. There is a massive gift shop at the top which was filled with many different gifts and they were all reasonably priced. We ate in the restaurant at the top of the hill. The food was very nice and the price wasn’t too bad. The only criticism is the time it took to receive our meals but the restaurant was quite busy on that day. If you visit Christchurch this is a must do.

Aleisha S - Duncraig

September 17, 2018
Cool place to see all of this beautiful place. Very informative on the history of this land. Take a good pair of walking shoes, and go for a hike across the hills.

Kiwiborn - Mudgeeraba, Australia

September 17, 2018
Beautiful views across Christchurch (and beyond) and across the Lyttelton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula. Possible to walk up to the top with the gondola as a reward to get back down! Really nice cafe and great shop at the top. Easy to get to by bus.

josiecolclough - Sheffield, United Kingdom

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 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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