A worthwhile attraction to experience the myriad panoramic views of the Christchurch city, the dramatic views of the Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains.
You may know it as a cable car, others refer to it as a Gondola. Whatever you may call it, this trip is one of the must-do sightseeing attractions in Christchurch, and you will never forget your Gondola experience! The Gondola offers a unique Christchurch sightseeing experience that you’ll never forget. Soar suspended above the valleys as the birds fly beneath your cable car. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, over the Canterbury Plains out to the mighty Southern Alps and the dramatic hills of Banks Peninsula. Treat yourself and visit one of Christchurch’s best attractions today!
At the summit of Mt Cavendish, you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views from its elevation at 500 metres above sea level. That's 1,500 feet! Experience the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region. Revive your spirits with a snack at the Red Rock Café, and browse what is on offer at the Shop at the Top.
Complete your sightseeing in Christchurch, New Zealand with a Christchurch Tram Pass! Step back in time to a grand era of transport and enjoy a journey in style through the changing face of Christchurch’s city centre on board our beautifully restored heritage Trams, one of Christchurch’s leading attractions. Our friendly and knowledgeable drivers will inform you about the city, its landmarks and local sights. Your day-long ticket allows you to get on and off the Tram as often as you please! Cathedral Junction, the Avon River, Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street are just some of the sights to be seen from the comfort of your Tram, or accessed from the 17 stops en route.
The Tram circuit encompasses the city sights, including New Regent Street, Cathedral Junction, Cathedral Square, Avon River, Art Gallery Centre, Arts Centre, Canterbury Museum and The Botanic Gardens. The journey also takes you to the appropriate stops for Punting on the Avon, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour and the Gondola Shuttle bus.
- For Christchurch Gondola, admission is free for children aged 4 and below
- The trip up to the summit takes approximately 10 minutes
- For Christchurch Tram, children aged 15 and below can board the tram free of charge
- Up to 3 children may ride free of charge per paying adult, and tickets can be purchased for $5 each for additional children. Infants are free of charge
1000 - 1700 hours (last ride up) daily, except on Christmas Day (25 December)
Tram frequency: every 15 - 20 minutes
Summer (September - March)
0900 - 1800 hours daily
Winter (April - August)
1000 - 1700 hours daily
For more information on the tram routes, click here.
What You Get
- Return gondola ride, or
- 1-day Tram pass (if selected)
- Gondola Shuttle
- Personal expenses
How to Use
- Please present a printed or mobile voucher to the operator on the day of your visit
How to Get There
10 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
The Base Station of the Gondola is nestled in Heathcote Valley, a 15-minute drive from central Christchurch. It is accessible via the Gondola Shuttle.
The Gondola Shuttle is only operating in summer (1 October - 30 April) and departs the city centre at 20 minutes to the hour from 0940hrs, from the i-Site Visitor Centre on Rolleston Avenue. It departs the Gondola and returns to the city on the hour from the Gondola base station.
Adult tickets cost $10 return, and child (5-15yrs inclusive) tickets cost $5 return. They can be purchased directly from the driver.
Tram Stop 1: Cathedral Junction