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Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 2-3 hours

Entry Fee : NZD 30 - Adult
NZD 15 - Child

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Christchurch Gondola, Christchurch Overview

Opened up in 1992, the Christchurch Gondola is a 15 minutes ride that starts at the base at Heathcote Valley and carries passengers to the summit Mount Cavendish over a kilometre. The cable-car allows passengers to take in the sweeping panoramic views of Christchurch, the Southern Alps, and the Canterbury Plains in the distance.

Located a short 15-minute drive away from central Christchurch, the Christchurch Gondola takes you up to the top of Port Hills, where a gift shop and a restaurant are found as well. An attraction at the summit called the Time Tunnel takes visitors back in time, from the smoking volcanoes that created New Zealand, to the early Maori and European settlements, and to the inception of Christchurch itself.

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Tickets and Prices

Adult (ages 15+) - NZD 30
Child (ages 5-15) - NZD 15
Infant (ages 0-5) - NZD 0
Family (2 adults + 3 children) - NZD 75


10 AM - 5 PM. The last gondola ride begins at 5 PM. The Christchurch Gondola is operational every day except Christmas Day.

What to do

  • After completing the gondola ride to the summit of Mount Cavendish, which takes about 10 minutes or so, visitors are free to head to the Red Rock Cafe located at the peak for a quick bite to eat.
  • The gift shop, aptly named, The Shop at the Top, sells souvenirs for visitors to take home.
  • The Time Tunnel experience is not to be overlooked as it takes visitors back in time and showcases the past of the area. This ride takes participants 12 million years back in time, beginning with the volcanic turbulence that created the islands of New Zealand and its ancient forests, through to early Maori and European settlements, right up until the modern conception of Christchurch.
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How To Reach Christchurch Gondola

The Christchurch Gondola base is located at 10 Bridle Path Road, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand, a quick 15-minute drive away from Christchurch CBD. The Christchurch Gondola also operates shuttle buses that ply the route from the i-Site Visitor Centre and the Canterbury Museum at hourly intervals from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and returns at hourly intervals from 10:05 AM to 4:05 PM.

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