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Sky Waka


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, dramatic volcanic terrain, and snow-laden peaks as you take in the natural wonders of Tongariro National Park - a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site.

** Sky Waka Gondola is opening 5th June for the winter season **  

The ride will be equally as spectacular in the summer months. The gondola travels from the Top of the Bruce base area directly to the newly renovated Knoll Ridge Chalet in just 5 minutes.

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 and sledding options 

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, this great mountainIt 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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