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Sky Waka

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Image credit - Mt Ruapehu.

Sky Waka gondola travels 1.8 km’s past waterfalls, volcanic landscape and some of the North Island’s most magnificent scenery on Mt Ruapehu.

The ride is equally as spectacular in both summer and winter. The gondola travels from the Top of the Bruce base area directly to the newly renovated Knoll Ridge Chalet in just 5 minutes.
Come and experience the volcano summer for some great alpine adventures.  

Get your sightseeing passes and take in all the glory Mt Ruapehu has to offer all while relaxing in the new Sky Waka

Passes from $29 for youth, $49 for adults
choose from a range of package options that include delicious food at the stunning knoll ridge cafe and snow tubing 

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Image credit - Mt Ruapehu.

The Story

The waka, celebrated by name in song and story by Māori poets and orators, we know it to be more than a voyaging canoe, more than a carrier of people – the waka carries family. All Māori, after all, have lineal ties with the chiefs of the great waka.

As the highest and longest gondola upon Te Ika a Maui, this is more than a machine. It is a vessel to bring people together, to elevate them, together, upon this great maunga. It is a thread, weaving earth and sky.

We celebrate the waka and its symbolism of interconnectedness between the past with the present and future. For this is surely a symbol of the future, ascending this ancient mountain.


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