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  1. New Zealand
  2. North Island
  3. Mount Ruapehu

Whakapapa - Mount Ruapehu: Sky Waka Gondola Roundtrip

Product ID: 308403
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Take a ride on New Zealand’s largest and most technically advanced gondola, the Sky Waka. Marvel at the breathtaking views out of the floor-to-ceiling glass windows as you soar above one of the North Island's most rugged and spectacular landscapes.
About this ticket
Valid 30 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Host or greeter
Wheelchair accessible
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable

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  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Ngauruhoe and beyond from the comfort of your gondola
  • Soak up a 360° panorama through the gondola's floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Journey over waterfalls and striking volcanic landscapes as you travel up above the clouds
  • Discover amazing landscapes during a short walk from the Knoll Ridge Chalet to the Skyline
  • Make the most of the enviable photo opportunties from 2,020 meters above sea level
Full description
Arrive at the top of the ski field at Whakapapa – Mount Ruapehu to start your 1.8-kilometer (1.2-mile) journey up Mount Ruapehu to the Knoll Ridge Chalet. Sit in one of the brand new Sky Waka Gondola cabins, which comfortably seat 10 people on custom leather seats.

Then, look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows designed to maximize the scenic, 360° views as you make your way up the mountain. Once at the top, enjoy a drink, coffee, light snack, or lunch at one of the eateries within the Knoll Ridge Chalet. Admire the stunning mountain views from 2,200 meters (7,218 feet) above sea level.

Get the most out of your visit by taking a 1.5-2-hour walk from the top of the Sky Waka to the Skyline, voted one of the best short walks in the Tongariro National Park. Please note short walks are only available in the summer season. Keep an eye out for some recognizable movie background and perfect picture opportunities. Finish the day with a scenic journey back down Mount Ruapehu to the plaza area.
  • Roundtrip journey on the Sky Waka Gondola
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Transport to Whakapapa

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The meeting point is Whakapapa, Manawatu-Wanganui 3989, New Zealand. Park your car in the car park on the mountain at the top of The Bruce Road and walk to the Customer Relations building, which is located on the right hand side of the Plaza at Whakapapa Ski Field.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Biodegradable sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Check the weather conditions prior to arrival to ensure you dress appropriately
• Please note short walks are only available in the summer season
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Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

Product ID: 308403