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Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola

0 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8022

The Basics

Board an aerial cable car for a comfortable ride to the summit of Mt. Cavendish and the crater rim above Christchurch. The Time Tunnel experience at the top gives visitors an understanding of Port Hills’ natural and cultural history, while the café at the Summit Station offers panoramic vistas along with light meals accompanied by wine or beer. There are also walking and biking trails nearby, so come prepared to spend time outside.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Christchurch

star-5
Amazing views!
Georgia_W, Oct 2021
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
The view up the top was amazing, then you go to the cafe and see the other side and it’s even more incredible
star-4
Make sure you're doing it on a sunny day!
Lyudmila_J, Feb 2021
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
It was good, just we were not lucky enough with the weather, it was cloudy and we couldn't enjoy the full views.
star-5
Very nice experience
Faaumuumu_T, Jan 2021
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
What us there not to like about this gondola... Best view in Christchurch friendly staff and a cheap gift shop. Don't take my word for it come and visit the place for yourself 🙂
star-5
Must do
Erica_J, Dec 2020
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
Great views from the top windy but worth the ride. Gondala gave a smooth ride up and plenty to look at.
star-4
Great views
Loreal, Jul 2020
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
Apart from the gift shop lady following me and partner around thinking we were going to “steal”, this place has Great views!! A really good place to relax and enjoy the views for great pics 😂 I noticed a lot of kids enjoyed the outside area too. Their cafè was alright, not much to choose from when I went, maybe I was early?
star-4
Review of buying third party tickets
Ariel_S, Mar 2020
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
Some of the information from the third party we purchased the tickets from was not accurate. It told us we had to arrive at 9am and it didn't actually open until 10am. I had called them just before the trip to confirm the information and still go the same information. The man working at the Gondola actually let us in early and went above and beyond by helping us figure out our ticket that also was contacted to a ticket for a Punting boat ride.
star-5
Good experience
Sandra_O, Mar 2020
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
It is worth going there, very good vibe to go with friends or family. Really nice view from up and good explanation about history.
star-5
View from the top
Robert_W, Jan 2020
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
Provides excellent 360 degrees view once you reach the top. You can walk outside of the station on top and get excellent photos of the area. There are also numerous hiking trails that lead to the top.
star-4
Nice scenic
FoongYee_P, Dec 2019
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
Have a great times with my family. Friendly staffs, beautiful scenery, enjoyed it with a cup of coffee as well.
star-5
Christchurch gondola
dani_krstevski, Oct 2019
Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
Beautiful scenery as you make your way up the gondola. Once at the top, the outside viewing platforms give you the perfect opportunity to capture the beautiful views. The cafe has a great menu and food was delicious.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no age minimum, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Wheelchairs up to a maximum of 2 feet (60 centimeters) in width can be accommodated, with assistance available.

  • The souvenir shop and café offer free Wi-Fi.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan to explore the trails.

  • Plan to spend at least one hour for the entire visit, and don’t forget a camera.

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How to Get There

It’s just a 15-minute drive from central Christchurch, with parking available at the Gondola base, located on Bridle Path Road in the Heathcote Valley. For travelers without a car, a shuttle makes multiple round-trip rides per day, leaving from the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue (purchase tickets from the driver). Passengers can also head to the City Exchange on Lichfield Street and take bus No. 28.

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When to Get There

The Christchurch Gondola is open from 10am to 5pm every day but Christmas Day. The trip takes about 10 minutes each way, from the Gondola Base Station to the Summit Station at the top of Mt. Cavendish. Visit in warmer months to enjoy outdoor activities, or go in fall and winter to see snow-dusted mountain peaks.

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Christchurch Sightseeing Combo

Tourists can maximize sightseeing in the so-called Garden City by combining the Christchurch Gondola with one or more top attractions, such as riding the electric caterpillar shuttle, strolling through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or punting on the tranquil Avon River in a flat-bottomed boat. Take the Christchurch Tram and hop off at any of its 17 stops.

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