Experience a Whakapapa Alpine Summer Gondola Ride. Take the Skywaka Gondola on Whakapapa Ski Area to the Knoll Ridge Cafe where the views over Tongariro National Park are amazing.
Whakapapa is 25 minutes from Parkview Apartments over Mt Ruapehu’s striking volcanic terrain to an altitude of 2020 meters above sea level.
Once there you can take in the breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park; Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.
View Lord of the Rings movie filming locations and also amazing mountain scenery including waterfalls in the high alpine environment.
Gondola operates from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily.
Last ride up is at 3:30 pm. Open 7 days per week except Christmas Day.
On the way down, visit one of many waterfalls off State Highway 47 and 48 for great photo opportunities.