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Sky Waka Gondola - Whakapapa

Tongariro National Park

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

Ride Sky Waka and journey into the clouds

Sky Waka travels 1.8kms from the Whakapapa Ski Area base station to New Zealand's highest dining experience, the Knoll Ridge Chalet, through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes on Mt Ruapehu. Each gondola cabin allows 360-degree views through floor to ceiling windows.

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

The Sky Waka gondola and Knoll Ridge Chalet are open for sightseeing, as well as skiing/boarding access to Whakapapa Ski Area.

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather. Please check the Whakapapa snow report for opening times.

Journey into the clouds

New Zealand’s largest and most technically advanced gondola. Situated within the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, Sky Waka travels 1.8kms through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes on Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu.

Travel on the Sky Waka Gondola to New Zealand’s highest dining experience, Knoll Ridge Chalet. The multi-storey eatery features something for everyone, from a quick grab and go snack to a brand new menu of contemporary cuisine, all overlooking the wonder that is Tongariro National Park.

Opening times

Business hours
Lifts Open 9.00am to 4.00pm (weather permitting). Please check weather report daily on


$49 - $169 (Adult)
$29 - $169 (Child, 16 and under)
+64 7 892 4000
Physical address:
Top of Bruce Road
Mt Ruapehu
Tongariro National Park