The Sky Waka Gondola, Mt Ruapehu

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.

Pricing and Conditions

High Season

$39 (Adult)

(January 1 - January 1)
$19 (Child, 16 and under))


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