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.

CLOSED. REOPENING 1 JUNE 2019 - 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 Knoll Ridge Cafe or the Food Alleyway.

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

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$49-$169 (Adult)
(January 1 - January 1)
$29-$169 (Child, 16 and under))


Business Hours
Lifts Open 9am to 4pm (weather permitting). Please check weather report daily on MtRuapehu.com.
Months of Operation
All Year