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Gondola Port Hills – top Christchurch attraction

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Whisk yourself to the top of the world (well, anyway the Port Hills) and take in the sweeping views of Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains.

Christchurch Gondola view, New Zealand

Christchurch Gondola experiences

  • Panoramic views of Christchurch as you slowly slide up the Port Hills in your air conditioned gondola carriage
  • Enjoy walking on the ridgelines with views of Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury plains
  • Discover the route European settlers took as they trudged over the Port Hills to the newly created town, Christchurch on the Bridle Track
  • Take in the views in the comfort of the licensed Red Rock cafe

The gondola base is located in Heathcote Valley, and it travels up the slopes of Mount Cavendish in the Port Hills. The cable car journey is a staple for many visitors to Christchurch.


What is there to do nearby the Heathcote Valley, Christchurch gondola terminus?

Nearby the Heathcote Christchurch gondola terminus is the Ferrymead Museum located in nearby Heathcote Valley Heritage Park and should be on your list of things to do.

Take in the stunning panoramic views of Lyttelton Harbour, Christchurch and beyond with a cable car journey to the Port Hills summit. If you arrived in Port by Cruise ship, get a stunning view of your ship from high above.

The summit station offers plenty to entertain: explore the many walking tracks, learn about the history of the area on the Christchurch Discovery Ride.

Combine with entry to the Christchurch Vintage Tram or Punting on the Avon. Check out Christchurch travel guide as well as top 11 things to do in Christchurch.

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, including the Christchurch Discovery Ride where the history of the area is outlined.

Beautiful view of Lyttelton Port and Harbour, New Zealand
Beautiful view of Lyttelton Port and Harbour, New Zealand

Short on time in Christchurch with only a day or two, don’t miss out, catch the gondola ride one way and get yourself up (or down) the Port Hills. Panoramic views guaranteed. 

The Christchurch gondola is accessible on public bus transport. Catch bus number 8 departing from the Christchurch Bus Interchange between Lichfield and Tuam Streets behind The Crossing Complex.

The gondola carriage is a four seat cabin. The cabin is air conditioned.

The Christchurch gondola ride is approximately 10 minutes covering a distance of 862 metres. Allow a minimum of one hour for the gondola ride and experiences.


The gondola is wheelchair friendly with a maximum width up to 600 mm.

Opening hours

10am-4pm daily (last ride down at 5pm) winter hours. Summer extended hours, check beforehand for details.

You can purchase one way tickets for the Christchurch Gondola allowing you to explore the Port Hills walking tracks and Lyttelton, Canterbury attractions, things to do and places to visit – Best Bits.


Recommended you drive to the top of Mt Cavendish and take the gondola down the Port Hills. The views captured on video are interesting as the city slowly moves into focus. And you will have already got lots of panoramic shots from the top already.

10 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch

The Base Station of the Christchurch Gondola is located in Heathcote Valley with ample parking for large tour buses, motorhomes and cars. The Summit Station, including the Red Rock Cafe, Christchurch Discovery Ride and gift shop is at the top of Mt Cavendish.

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