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Sky Waka

Experience breath taking views and adventure as you glide above stunning mountain terrain

The Sky Waka gondola travels 1.8 km’s through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes high on Mt Ruapehu, past waterfalls and snow-laden peaks.


The ride is spectacular in the summer months with stunning mountain views of Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu and if you're lucky you might get a glimpse of Mount Taranaki out on the west coast. The gondola travels from the Top of the Bruce base area directly to the newly renovated Knoll Ridge Chalet. At the top there is much to discover and be amazed by. Stretch your legs with a walk, check out the POU and embrace some NZ culture or fill your belly with some delicious food from either the Pātaka Cafe or The Pinnacles restaurant.  

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
Plus a range of packages with food included 

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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