Whakapapa Gondola
2019 is set to be a historic season with the all new Whakapapa Gondola opening June 1st.

General Access Map for Whakapapa Summer 2018/19

Whakapapa construction zone boundaries and public access info

Whakapapa is a construction zone with restricted access for the duration of summer 2018/19 until the opening of the gondola on 1 June 2019. Please refer to this access map for details of construction zones and safe access trails to clubs and the upper mountain.

Note: Happy Valley Elevator is not operational. Access to Meads Wall via carpark 3.

Access Map

February Video Update

Watch the video for the latest with Steve at the Knoll Ridge Chalet.


15 February

Return and Drive Stations Taking Shape

The first photo shows the unload of the return station. The gondola comes in on a slight angle to the Knoll Ridge Chalet leaving a short 15m walk to get inside. Once you get off the gondola, head left and take the short walk into the Chalet or go right and clip in to ski & ride. The poured concrete is the pad for the return building. The hole and steel work for tower 14 are sitting below this.

Photos 2 & 3 show our drive station pad layout. Form work is set out for the back wall of the cabin storage and a concrete pump is being moved into place.

Photo 3 is a great view from the Rangatira load showing where the Gondola will start next to the Top of the Bruce. The concrete pad on the left hand side will be the front of the building, the form work on the right side is the rear (downhill/Happy Valley side) of the building.


14 February

We have some large pieces of equipment arriving over the next few days to work on the drive station at the top of Bruce Road. Check out the assembly of the crane that arrived yesterday. This crane will move concrete and large building components for the drive station into place.

P.s. Happy Valentines Day!


31 January

First look at our new cabins!

Fifty of these gondola cabins will feature floor to ceiling glass for breathtaking views, internal ski racks, audio and lighting and individual leather seats offering business-class luxury to passengers befitting of the UNESCO Dual World Heritage status of Whakapapa Ski Area. Each cabin accommodates 10 passengers and even the tallest skiers will be able to stand upright in the cabin with more than 2m of internal clearance.


21 January

First tower foundation pour

Happy new year! Our team have been busy continuing work on our material ropeway over the break. Friday was another milestone for the project with the first concrete foundation poured for tower 3. Full steam ahead!


19 December

Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

It's that time of year again and Steve is here with a (slightly windy) end of year update on our gondola project. Things are progressing well with the arrival of parts for our material ropeway (more info to come) and more parts expected to be on the water from Italy in January.

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3 December

We have continued excavation work of the drive station which has included removing sizeable rock from this location. Once this is completed, we will begin the foundation supports and steel reinforced concrete pour.

At the top/return station, works continue on the excavation and more importantly the large rear beam in the building. Once completed, the return station excavations will be completed.


Work commences on Mt Ruapehu’s state of the art gondola

The $25 million gondola will be the largest and most technically advanced in New Zealand travelling 1.8 km’s through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes past waterfalls and snow-laden peaks.

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