Explore NZ's largest volcano, Mt Ruapehu. A new gondola and restaurant project is currently underway and opening June 1st, 2019. You will be able to take in breathtaking views of a dual World Heritage site.

OPEN 1 JUNE 2019 - A new gondola and restaurant project is currently underway. Once open, you can enjoy a relaxed scenic gondola ride over Mt Ruapehu’s striking volcanic terrain to 2,020 metres above sea level. Each gondola cabin allows 360-degree views through floor to ceiling windows.

Once you arrive at Knoll Ridge, 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 Asian Alleyway.

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

Pricing and Conditions

High Season
$20-$169 (Adult)
(January 1 - January 1)
$15-$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