Sky Waka Gondola - Whakapapa

Tongariro National Park

Opening late June 2019. Explore the volcanic landscapes of Whakapapa with NZ’s largest gondola, Sky Waka.

Opening late June 2019!

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.

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 Pātaka (the larder) or the Four Peaks Alley food alley.

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

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