Christchurch Gondola

The Christchurch Gondola is one of the top attractions in Christchurch. Located just 15 minutes from Christchurch Central, these purpose built cable cars soar to the summit of the Port Hills, offering spectacular views of the city, coastline, Lyttelton Harbour and the Southern Alps.

Operating Hours

Gondola Entry Prices

How much does riding up the Gondola in Christchurch cost? Here is a quick summary of the current entry prices.

Book online for a discount when purchasing your tickets more than 48 hours in advance.

Combo Deals

If you are planning on doing more than one of Christchurch’s top attractions – the Gondola and the Tram for example, it’s a good idea to grab a combo ticket, other combo options include Punting on the Avon and a Botanic Gardens Tour.

Christchurch Gondola

Getting There

The Gondola base is just 15 minutes’ drive from the central city, and roughly 30 minutes from the Christchurch Airport. There is plenty of free parking available at the base building.

There is also a free shuttle departing on a regular basis from Cathedral Square. City departure times are 9.30am (September-May), 10.30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm. Tickets cost $10 return per adult, and $5 per child.

Other transport options include using public bus transport. Bus service Route number 28 provides public transport to the base of the Gondola.

What To Do At The Top

What can you do at the top of the Gondola? Aside from quietly enjoying the stunning views of course! Here are the 4 best things to do at the top of the Gondola.

  1. Visit The Souvenir Shop. Grab a unique gift or memento from the souvenir shop.
  2. Have A Coffee At The Café. The Red Rock Café serves a great selection of light meals and snacks.
  3. Ride The Time Tunnel. Learn about the history of the region in a fun way!
  4. Take A Walk. There are some really great walking tracks at the top of the Gondola. See below for more info.

What Are Best Walking Tracks At The Top Of The Gondola?

The top-of-the-hills provides a wide range of outdoor activities including walking, tramping, running and mountain biking. From the top of the Gondola there are some great walking tracks – be sure to grab a map from the summit building upon arrival, but in the meantime these are our top picks.

It is also possible to make your own way along the Port Hills walking tracks, travelling only as far as you feel comfortable. It pays to check for track closures before setting out, and always familiarise yourself with current weather forecasts.

The Christchurch Gondola – What You Need To Know

Here are a few quick gondola facts, useful to know when planning your day.

When riding the gondola to the top of the Port Hills there is one thing you should never forget – your camera!

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