Christchurch Gondola
Christchurch Gondola
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Visit the Christchurch Gondola for truly spectacular scenery. With breath-taking panoramic views of Christchurch, Lyttelton and beyond, the Gondola’s summit station also offers walking tracks, Christchurch Discovery Ride detailing the area’s history, a licensed café and a gift store. Only 15 minutes’ drive from central Christchurch and with Qualmark Gold accreditation, the Christchurch Gondola experience is a fantastic way to view the city from a different perspective.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Jessica B
    Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Annual pass for ChCh Gondola and Tram
    The Christchurch Gondola is an amazing activity to do. I am a local and have an annual pass. I take my Niece up the gondola often as well as going on the tram which is included in the annual pass. Would highly recommend the annual pass. I have renewed mine every year for the last 4 odd years.
    Thanks for such a lovely review and we are pleased you get so much enjoyment from your annual pass:)
    Written July 24, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Michelle T
    Christchurch, New Zealand22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best spot for views
    Loved the ride up very exciting and not too long. All staff we came across were so lovely and very helpful. Really loved the wee ride, was really fun and interesting. Beautiful views. Feel it was good value for money compared to similar gondolas in other cities.
    Thanks for taking the time to review the Gondola! We are pleased you enjoyed the views and our Discovery Ride.
    Written September 14, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Bad_Seed4
    Canberra, Australia721 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fun experience and a scenic train ride also!
    So, the view is a given and with a brilliant day and lateish in the afternoon, not many people around, it was lovely to go up and wander and look at the view from all angles. There were even some paragliders taking off from the hill to marvel at. But what I didn't know was that the ticket also gave you a ride on this train like thing that took you through a history of this city -sort of like a low key amusement ride -I LOVE this stuff and had no idea that this was also up there -two for the price of one, heaps of fun. I wonder if people miss this as its a bit tucked away down the stairs? Or maybe I'm the only one who doesn't do my research?? Anyway, don't miss it.
    Thank you for such a lovely review and we are pleased you had such a wonderful time:)
    Written September 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • stellamay
    219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trip up to the top!
    We bought our Gondola ticket as part of the Christchurch Combo. We caught a bus at the interchange to go to the Gondola, and as tourists we had no difficulty figuring out how to get to the interchange and we quickly found an information staff member who was keen to assist us with which bus to catch. The bus did not take that long to get to the gondola and the ride to the top was very nice. The staff are helpful and helped some of the less physically capable people onto the gondola and they did it with a smile which was nice. The views from the top are definitely worth the trip up. There are toilets, souvenirs and a café up the top which means that you don't have to rush. We were there on a perfectly clear day which made it ideal for photographs. You can walk around on the paths that are up there so you are not restricted to the building itself so a short walk for that perfect picture is easy.
    Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review on the Gondola. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience!
    Written October 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Tony W
    Cambridge, United Kingdom442 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Views
    We arrived by bus from the Bus Interchange, which meant there was a bit of a queue to get on the Gondola car. But that's a minor thing, because once at the top there are hours of entertainment. The hiking trails around the top station are sometimes quite steep & exposed, so you need proper shoes, and windproof clothing. But the views are spectacular. There is a decent cafe, and the inevitable souvenir shop.
    Thank you for taking the time to review the Gondola, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit :)
    Written December 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 2, 2023
  • Jay B
    Sooke, Canada326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great photo opportunity
    I took this side trip from Christchurch. From the tram station, you will need to get there. The # 8 bus takes you there, or you can get a tour bus that leaves on the hour, the latter being more expensive. If you buy a Tram / gondola combo, it's cheaper. Good ride up - well worth the pictures, seen below.
    Thank you for taking the time to review the Gondola and we are pleased you enjoyed your visit:)
    Written January 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 28, 2023
  • wellnzer
    Wellington, New Zealand53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic scenery at the top
    The Gondala ride up is great and the views from the top greater. There are many walks around this place too and the trampers would love doing those walks. The scenery is stunning from the top. There is a café at the top incase you feel hungry/thirsty. Highly recommend this place.
    Thanks for your lovely review and we are pleased you enjoyed everything we have to offer at the Gondola:)
    Written January 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 28, 2023
  • Luciano P
    Naples, Italy1,774 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    I absolutely suggest to everybody to go to visit this amazing attraction in Christchurch. Beautiful way to reach top of mountain with an amazing view of entire bay. Luckily we had a really sunny and hot day,with a beautiful blue sky. Upstairs is amazing. Absolutely stunning.
    Thanks for your wonderful review. We agree the scenery is stunning and are pleased you enjoyed your visit with us:)
    Written January 2, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
  • Connie A
    West Fargo, North Dakota102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of a bus ride from the city, beautiful views, worthwhile if you plan to hike a bit
    Of course, the views from the gondola and top of hill were beautiful! There is a small restaurant at the top but didn't stay as it was very busy. Very nice gift shop at top as well. Not really worth the travel time unless you plan to eat at the top or hike around.
    Thank you for taking the time to review the Gondola :)
    Written January 20, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 10, 2024
  • 896ashleigh
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christchurch on top.
    We arrived soon after opening and were able to purchase tickets easily and quickly. The gondola ride itself was a huge hit with our one year old who enjoyed spying the ocean, sheep and other gondolas. Us adults loved the view at the top of the mountain, particularly the sparkling blue water on the Lyttelton side. The cafe/restaurant at the top had plenty of options and the staff were able to assist with our allergen questions. The staff were also friendly and accommodating. We suggest arriving early. When we got to the bottom at approximately 11am, the line was snaked out the door with buses of people continuing to arrive regularly.
    Thank you for taking the time to review the Gondola and we are pleased you had a lovely time :)
    Written February 15, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 7, 2024
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LyndyAnne
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Disappointed that the shuttle was not included or offered as a part of the combo.
Also, as we arrived at the Gondola at 2.30, we were warned that there were only 2 returning shuttles, more people on the hill than returning seats and we might not have a return seat. We were advised that we could catch a City bus, but our return ticket for the shuttle would be of no value. There were many people upset that they had been sold a return ticket without being given this information.
If my friend was not local (familiar with the City bus, and with family to pick us up if need be) we would have rushed to finish the attraction to ensure a return ride.
As it turned out, we took our time and the last, 4.30 shuttle was not full. But a lot of stressed passengers on arrival for nothing.
Other than that, a lovely ride up and back.
Written February 24, 2020
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Linda C
Moorpark, CA1,041 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Cruise ships should monitor the conditions and substitute another activity and the gondola should close down on days when you cannot see a thing from the summit. We paid quite a bit to walk around a large gift shop, have an expensive soft drink in the restaurant, and look through windows that we couldn't see out of at all. Would highly recommend cruisers consider visibility before booking this.
Written July 16, 2020
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j p
6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We bought the Christchurch Pass and the back of the shuttle tickets says there are shuttles leaving the gondola at 11:05, 12:35, 13:35. So we went back down the hill on the gondola at 12:15 thinking we were making good time. Turned out the departure times had changed and the shuttles now leave the gondola at 12:00 and then 13:30, so we ended up waiting more than an hour for the shuttle. If the schedule has changed, so should the damn tickets. They don't even have to print new tickets if they don't want to. They can just print stickers with the correct times to put on the tickets or at the very least have the staff point it out when the tickets were purchased. Instead evidently they just thought 'oh no biggie they can just wait'.
Written February 24, 2020
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Kate M
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Friends
The weather was amazing that day, and we went the week after the school holidays so it was nice and quiet. The views from the top are amazing and the gift shop has lots of neat stuff. There's a cafe too but we didn't buy any food.

There was a 7 minute cart ride at the building about Canterbury history, I don't think it was meant to be comical but we found it funny, especially the horrible pronunciation of Maori words (we're from Whangarei with a higher Maori population).

The gondola ride itself was great, not too long and not too short. Definitely worth going if you're new to Christchurch.
Written July 21, 2020
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Anne D
Sydney, Australia63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Like everything else it seems, the Gondola doesn't open until 10:00am. It takes about 40 minutes by bus number 28 in the city and costs $2:00 a person! We could not get over it. The public transport is very cheap all over NZ. The bus stops right out side the entrance so there is no way you'll miss it! The buses run once an hour from downtown, but check the timetable. The gondola itself is fun and the view from the top is great. The explanation boards are very clear and show you what you are looking it. The café was fabulous and had a good range of offerings. The big surprise was their gift shop! It had the best and cheapest range of souvenirs (which we discovered on our subsequent trips around NZ) Given it's location in a closed touristic environment, we expected higher priced too but no. At $4:00 per person return to Christchurch, it was a bargain. You can also buy combination passes for different attractions there. Don't forget to bring and seniors and student/ concession cards as these seem to be accepted also ~ perhaps it was the grey hair, but I was given seniors rates almost everywhere without asking, and only once asked to show a seniors card. It saves a lot of money on entry fees.
Written July 8, 2022
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Juan Carlos M
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Despite the long distance from the city,the Gondola gives you a great view from the Heathcote Valley.
The shop at the top is relatively expensier, compared to similar shops but the view is spectacular. It is worth the travel, money and time
Written January 28, 2020
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Alan F
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Good to be back at the gondola today to celebrate the reopening on such a beautiful day.

We've been Annual Pass holders for some years and love the peace and beauty of the gondola come rain or shine. In fact, being up in the cloud and rain is sometimes more peaceful than on bright sunny days! The cable itself can hold some surprises as we have seen a kingfisher and an owl (in the middle of the day) sitting on it as we have travelled down.

The views are always different and there are a number of walks easily accessed from the top. The cafe is a convenient stop to have food and drink and we have always enjoyed what they have on offer.
Written July 7, 2020
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Thanks for your review. It is lovely to be open again and have the annual pass holders returning. I agree, it can be lovely even in the rain and we look forward to seeing you again shortly. Regards Rose:)
Written July 12, 2020
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Pink
20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The day when we went was very foggy, nothing we can see at all. I think the gondola company should take care of the customer, which they can offer the customer come back on the next day for free. Because the main purpose going up the hill is for the good viewing of the Christchurch city, which we got none. Also we had a bad experience with the customer service at the time tunnel, the staff attitude was very rough. We don’t expected it will happened at the tourism area, very disappointed.
Written July 23, 2020
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Thanks for the feedback, on weather affected days we have signs located at the base station and we try our best to advise all customers that the views at the summit are limited or non existent. This gives people the opportunity to come back on another day if they choose not to visit, I am sorry if this was not advised to you. Could you please email me in regards to the bad experience you received in the Time Tunnel, as this is not something that we would expect from our staff and something I would like to investigate further. My email address is gondola@christchurchattractions.nz Thanks again for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, I look forward to you contacting me. Kind regards, Mark
Written September 3, 2020
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SueB
Honiton, UK415 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We bought this ticket as part of a combo with the tram and a few $ discount, there would've been more if we had added in the Botanical Gardens. We paid the $10 each for the shuttle bus, it isn't free. It was a very pleasant 20 mins or so ride up to the gondola drop off , it pretty much runs hourly. We went up on the cable car gondola, very enjoyed the trip, it was breezy but ok at this point. The viewing platform has very informative information boards.
The cafe is ok, quite expensive for what it is but a reasonable selection.
There is a shop on the middle floor which has a wide selection of different sorts of gifts.
It was very windy at the top, so not really conducive to long walks but views were great. There are several large information boards giving information on Scott before his Antarctic as Lyttleton was the last refueling stop before this trip.
There are several walks of varying lengths and ability in the surrounding hills.
Written February 6, 2020
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ClareUK123
Auckland Central, New Zealand141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
If you aren't keen on the steep walk to the top, the gondola is a good alternative. I think it was about 20 bucks per person for a single and the ride took about 5 minutes.

There are great views from the top and a number of walks you can do. I parked my car in the gondola car park, caught the gondola, then walked down to Lyttelton which was a charming place full of eclectic cafes and shops. There is a regular bus service from Lyttelton to the gondola, it probably wouldn't be too far to walk if you didn't fancy the bus ride.
Written October 9, 2020
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Thanks for your visit to the Gondola. If you enjoy walking the Gondola is a great way to go one way and enjoy the walks as you did, especially on a nice day. Rose:)
Written November 12, 2020
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