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Ride the country's most advanced gondola, high above the world-heritage-listed mountain area. For wild adventure, for supreme beauty, and for an unforgettable dining experience.

Ride Sky Waka

JOURNEY INTO THE CLOUDS

NZ’s largest and most technically advanced gondola. Situated within the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, Sky Waka travels 1.8kms through one of the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscapes on Whakapapa, Mt Ruapehu.

A symbol of the future

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

The waka, celebrated by name in song and story by Māori poets and orators, we know it to be more than a voyaging canoe, more than a carrier of people – the waka carries family. All Māori, after all, have lineal ties with the chiefs of the great waka.

As the highest and longest gondola upon Te Ika a Maui, this is more than a machine. It is a vessel to bring people together, to elevate them, together, upon this great maunga. It is a thread, weaving earth and sky.

We celebrate the waka and its symbolism of interconnectedness between the past with the present and future. For this is surely a symbol of the future, ascending this ancient mountain.

A Global Park

WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Established in 1887, Tongariro is New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. Situated in the middle of the North Island, the park is centred upon three volcanoes: Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. The dual World Heritage status recognises its Māori cultural significance as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

The expansive 80,000-hectare park has a diverse range of ecosystems and some of New Zealand’s most dramatic landscapes, showcasing waterfalls, emerald lakes, old lava flows, and colourful silica terraces. From volcanic peaks to lush native bush and rivers, it’s truly a natural wonder.

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Activities on Mt Ruapehu

MAKE SKY WAKA PART OF YOUR ADVENTURE

Your exploration of New Zealand isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the ride through the sky on the largest gondola in the country. Journey over waterfalls and ancient lava flows and take in the majestic scenery of Mt Ruapehu and its neighbouring volcanoes, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

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Knoll Ridge Chalet

A RANGE OF EATERIES

Travel on the Sky Waka gondola to New Zealand’s highest dining experience, Knoll Ridge Chalet. The multi-storey eatery features something for everyone, from a quick grab and go snack to a brand new menu of contemporary cuisine, all overlooking the wonder that is Tongariro National Park. All menus feature high-quality local produce, including venison and lamb from Omori, carrots from Horopito and grass-fed Angus beef from Ohakune.

Ngā Tohu

THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Savour your meal alongside breath-taking views through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pinnacles and the valley below. Enjoy a buffet breakfast, lunch or dinner or an afternoon tea at the highest restaurant in New Zealand at 2,020m above sea level.

The Larder

Pātaka

Soak in the views with fantastic barista coffee in the newly refurbished Pātaka café. Fuel up for your adventures with an incredible à la carte menu offering classic New Zealand café style cuisine.

Grab and Go

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY

A selection of tasty dishes for the perfect grab-and-go meal, food truck style. Find the Four Peaks Alley downstairs, an area newly opened to the public.

Opening Hours

WHEN TO VISIT

Open year-round, experience the volcano in summer for alpine adventures on a variety short walks. Come back in winter and the mountain is transformed with snow. Ski and ride Whakapapa, NZ’s largest ski area where the Sky Waka is just one of ten ski lifts to access the expansive terrain.

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

NZ School Holidays Only
5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

NZ School Holidays Only
5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

NZ School Holidays Only
5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

NZ School Holidays Only
5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only

SKY WAKA

The operation of Sky Waka is subject to weather conditions. For a detailed weather report please visit mtruapehu.com

Ngā Tohu - THE PINNACLES RESTAURANT

Buffet Breakfast

7.00am until 10.00am *

Buffet Lunch

11.30am until 2.30pm *

Afternoon Tea

3.00pm until 4.00pm

Buffet Dinner

NZ School Holidays Only
5.30pm until 8.30pm *

* Prior booking may be required

PĀTAKA - The Larder

9.00am until 4.00pm

FOUR PEAKS ALLEY *

Coffee Container

11.00am until 3.00pm

Food Containers

Check the snow report for opening dates and times

* Winter ski & ride season only