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  • Marvel at Mt Ruapehu & neighbouring Ngauruhoe & Tongariro volcanoes
  • Discover ancient lava flows, waterfalls & emerald lakes
  • Capacity of 2400 people per hour
  • Travel through Tongariro, NZ's oldest national park & dual World Heritage area
  • Ride to Knoll Ridge Chalet, NZ's highest dining area
  • 360 degree views through floor to ceiling windows

Whakapapa Ski Area

Sky Waka Gondola

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Introducing Sky Waka, New Zealand's largest and most technically advanced gondola. Soaring some 1.8kms into the world heritage Tongariro National Park, Sky Waka offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes, gracefully traversing for 5-minutes from top to bottom. With 50 cabins available sending up to 2,400 people up the mountain per hour, this ride over waterfalls and ancient lava flows will truly take your breath away.


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  • Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip


  • Ski Lift Passes
  • Equipment Hire
  • Skiing/Snowboarding lessons
  • Transport
  • Meals


  • Sky Waka Gondola + Lunch at Pinnacles Restaurant


  • Ride from Whakapapa Ski Area to Knoll Ridge Chalet, the highest dining experience in NZ
  • Travel through Tongariro, NZ's oldest national park and dual World Heritage area
  • Marvel at Mt Ruapehu and neighbouring volcanoes Ngauruhoe and Tongariro
  • Discover ancient lava flows, waterfalls, emerald lakes and silica terraces
  • 360 degree views through floor to ceiling windows
  • Capacity of 2400 people per hour


  • Sky Waka is open year round so visitors have the opportunity to experience the volcano in summer and snow in winter

2020 Snow Season

  • Beginner area Happy Valley (Whakapapa) operates from 30 May - 4 October 2020
  • Whakapapa Lower operates from 13 June - 26 October 2020
  • Whakapapa Upper operates from 27 June - 26 October 2020
  • Tūroa operates from 27 June - 18 October 2020


  • Lifts operate from 9am to 4pm, subject to weather conditions
  • Sky Waka Gondola trips operate year round and are subject to weather conditions


  • Whakapapa Ski Areas - Top of Bruce Road, Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park 39511

Additional Information

  • Sightseeing passengers are not permitted to carry ski & ride equipment onto the gondola
  • Passengers are recommended to check the weather report on the day as the gondola operation is subject to weather conditions

Pinnacles Restaurant Operating Times

  • Buffet Breakfast - 7.00am until 10.00am
  • Buffet Lunch - 11.30am until 2.30pm
  • Afternoon Tea - 3.00pm until 4.00pm
  • Buffet Dinner - 5.30pm until 8.30pm (NZ School Holidays Only)

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
Now open at Mt Ruapehu is the all new Sky Waka Gondola and Pinnacles Restaurant at Whakapapa Ski Area. The gondola runs from the Top of the Bruce base area directly to Knoll Ridge Café, and offers access to the mountain for skiers and sightseers. The new Pinnacles Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, seating 120 people per session.
Need help with your booking? Contact Us enquiry@experienceoz.com.au Help Code: 3575

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