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The amazing Sky Waka gondola


Come and enjoy amazing views of this famous World Heritage area on the Sky Waka gondola.

Opened in mid 2019, the Sky Waka (Waka is the Maori word for canoe) takes you high above the North Island's famous Whakapapa ski fields.

On your journey of almost two kilometers (and to an altitude of over two thousand meters), the views will blow you away.

What is a "waka"?

Traditionally, a waka was a canoe, and in legend carried the ancient people to what is now their home land.

More than just a means of transport, the waka united family and friends, and opened new possibilities to explore.

And so it is with Sky Waka.

Amazing views from the Sky Waka gondola on New Zealand's North Island

What will i see on the Sky Waka gondola?

Sky Waka is New Zealand's largest gondola.

Each of it's 50 cars offer huge floor to ceiling glass windows, ensuring unobstructed views over this pristine alpine landscape.

Along the way marvel at cascading waterfalls and see some of the countryside that was made famous in the Lord of the Rings franchise.

See the remnants of lava flows and experience the awe-inspiring views of Mt Ruapehu and it's nearby volcanic "cousins", Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.

You can check ticket prices and availability HERE.

How long does it take to get to the top?

Sky Waka cover around six meters every second, so the trip up or down takes around five minutes.

What's at the top?

The gondola takes you to the country's highest eateries at Knoll Ridge Chalet.

With a variety of dining options, there's everything from quick snacks, to a range of contemporary options, all with unforgettable views over Tongariro National Park.

Local produce features heavily in the menus, with something to suit all tastes.

For skiers and snowboarders, Sky Waka provides access to some of the best runs in the country.

And for those after something a little more laid back, why not use the gondola to access some amazing walks in the warmer months.

Or just do what most people do - sit back and enjoy the view.

Knoll Ridge Chalet pic courtesy MtRuapehu.com

How to I purchase my Sky Waka tickets

When is Sky Waka open?

Purchasing your tickets is as easy as clicking on the button.

You will be taken to a secure booking page where you can choose the date of your adventure and the number of tickets.

Sky Waka is open all year, subject to weather conditions.

In the warmer months, there are a range of short walks available.

In Winter, the mountain is a snow lover's paradise, and Sky Waka is one of a series of ski lifts providing access to the country's largest ski fields.

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Where is Sky Waka?

Sky Waka is located in the Tongariro National Park, Whakapapa, Ruapehu, on New Zealand's North Island.

More Information

For more information about the region, visit our dedicated page by clicking HERE.

If you would like to know more about Sky Waka gondola ticket prices, availability, and departure times, click HERE.

You can also learn more about the Tongariro National Park by visiting the Department of Conservation (DOC) website HERE.