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

Spectacular views
Walking Tracks
Red Rock Café
Discovery Ride
Shop at the Top
Free Wi-Fi


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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

November 19, 2021
Just stunning. Booked online which was really easy. Welcoming staff. Cafe had good range of options which were family friendly. Clean bathrooms. The Christchurch history tour is a wee hidden gem. Well worth it

Antemo - Christchurch, New Zealand

August 18, 2021
The fantastic views 👏 exciting trip up on the gondolas, yummy lunch, a wander around the gift shop for a couple of purchases, friendly staff. Thank you I will return again!!

taits1261 - Nelson, New Zealand

July 30, 2021
Amazing scenery from the top of the hill! Staff are super friendly and helpful. Cafe is nice on the top with a good variety of options. Entry ticket are affordable.


June 24, 2020
A nice gondola ride to a multi level viewing deck. It has a ride on time tunnel (!). The views are quite simply, incredible. The café is nice, as is the gift shop. The staff were very friendly.

S & B - 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, 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.

Christchurch Discovery Ride

At the summit, experience the Christchurch Discovery Ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region.

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