Sky Waka, Whakapapa

Explore the volcanic landscapes of Whakapapa. New in June 2019: NZ’s largest gondola, Sky Waka. The $25 million gondola will travel 1.8 km’s through one of the North Island’s most rugged & spectacular landscapes past waterfalls and snow-laden peaks.

$49.00 - $169.00
$29.00 - $169.00

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CLOSED. REOPENING 1 JUNE 2019 - A new gondola & restaurant project is underway. Once open, you can enjoy an incredible scenic gondola ride over Mt Ruapehu’s striking volcanic terrain to 2,020m above sea level. Each gondola cabin allows 360-degree views through floor to ceiling windows.

Once you arrive at Knoll Ridge Chalet, enjoy a buffet meal at the brand new Pinnacles Restaurant while taking in the views of the Central Plateau & beyond from the award-winning highest eatery in New Zealand. For a lighter meal or snack, you also have the option of Knoll Ridge Cafe or the Food Alleyway.

View filming locations from Lord of the Rings movies & amazing mountain scenery, including waterfalls, volcanic rock & panoramic vistas.

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Physical address

Sky Waka, Whakapapa, Bruce Road, Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa Village, Ruapehu, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Lifts Open 9am to 4pm (weather permitting). Please check weather report daily on
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
1hr15min to Taupo Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
1hr 20min to Taupo coach terminal
Proximity to town:
6kms from Whakapapa Village

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $49.00 - $169.00
(16 year(s) and under)
$29.00 - $169.00

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