The Sky Waka Gondola, Mt Ruapehu

Ride New Zealand's most unique gondola, high above the UNESCO world-heritage-listed mountain area. For wild adventure, for supreme beauty, and for an unforgettable dining experience.




Journey into the clouds. Your exploration of New Zealand isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the ride through the sky on the largest gondola in Aotearoa. Ride over waterfalls and ancient lava flows to take in the majestic scenery of Mt Ruapehu and its neighbouring volcanoes within the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park.

Sky Waka travels 1.8kms up to 2,020m at New Zealand’s highest dining experience, Knoll Ridge Chalet. The multi-storey eatery features something for everyone, from a sit-down lunch with amazing views to a quick grab-and-go snack.

Ski, ride & sightsee in Winter. Sightsee, dine and hike in Summer.

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Physical address

Bruce Road, Whakapapa Village, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $39.00
(16 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Infants 0 - 4 years ride Sky Waka free
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Cancellation policy:

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
1hr 15min to Taupo Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
1hr 20min to Taupo Coach Terminal
Proximity to town:
6kms from Whakapapa Village

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Opening times

Business hours:
Lifts Open 10am to 4pm (weather permitting). Please check weather and operational status on daily report at
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec

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