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Lunch Booking & Tickets

Book your buffet lunch at The Pinnacles Restaurant & purchase your Sky Waka gondola tickets below.

Buffet Lunch at The Pinnacles Restaurant

Available 11:30 am - 2 pm, daily

Savour your meal alongside breath-taking views through floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pinnacles and the valley below. The buffet lunch comprises a variety of dishes, locally sourced where possible, from antipasti to main-style, slow roasted and poached, meat and seafood, to a dessert station, and decadent cheese board.

The buffet is available everyday through the summer season between 11am and 2pm. Booking is recommended, and operations are weather dependent (in terms of Sky Waka operation to ascent to the Knoll Ridge Chalet).

Purchase dining tickets upon arrival at Whakapapa. However, to avoid disappointment be sure to book your table below. When completing your booking, please include the total number of guests, this includes any infants joining your party.

(Check the weather report for daily operational status)

Return Sightseeing Gondola Ride

Open daily 10am - 4pm

The Sky Waka is now operating for our summer season: December 3rd 2021 - May 1st 2022 (Closed Christmas Day).

Sightseeing on-site purchases

Super $25 (65+ - with ID)

Student $25 (with ID)

2022 Season Pass holder 50% off (with valid pass)

Life Pass holder Free (with valid pass)

Optional uprade:

Glass bottom gondola $40 per cabin

(Check the weather report for daily operational status)

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Buffet Lunch at The Pinnacles Restaurant

3rd December 2021 - 1st May 2022 | 11:30 am - 2 pm

Purchase dining tickets upon arrival at Whakapapa. However, to avoid disappointment be sure to book your table below. When completing your booking, please include the total number of guests, this includes any infants joining your party.

Senior (65+ - ID required) $25

Adult $25

Youth $19

Infant Complementary with the purchase of an adult lunch (Please include infants in your party number when booking.)

Optional upgrade:

Window seat $10 per person

(Check the weather report for daily operational status)

RESERVE A TABLE FOR YOUR PINNACLES LUNCH

Mt Ruapehu Summer Pricing and Hours

The summer season at Mt Ruapehu will operate from 3 December 2021 – 1 May 2022.

The Sky Waka gondola will run daily, 10am – 4pm. Adults can travel on a return trip on the Sky Waka gondola for $39, and youth (aged 5 – 17 years) for $19. Seniors (over 65 years) and students are discounted at $25 for the return trip.

The Pinnacles restaurant and buffet lunch will operate daily, 11am – 2pm. Adults can dine at the buffet for $25, and youth (aged 5-17 years) for $19. Bookings are recommended.

A coffee corner will be open from 10am – 3pm each day, and an expanded café experience over peak periods from 10am – 3:30pm.

Note: both the Sky Waka gondola and therefore Knoll Ridge Chalet dining experiences will open weather dependent. It is recommended that guests check the Mt Ruapehu / Whakapapa report page to check whether both experiences are running.

Covid-19 Vaccine Certificate Requirement

RAL will introduce vaccine requirements at all its facilities, both on and off mountain, from 3 December 2021, for the duration of its summer period through to 1 May 2022. This decision aligns with the government’s move to the Covid-19 protection framework, and the introduction of the My Vaccine Pass. All guests of Mt Ruapehu, aged 12 years and over, will be required to use the My Vaccine Pass to enter our hospitality and retail offerings on mountain, and including our Taupō retail store, and to access the Sky Waka gondola. This decision has been made to help minimise the risk of Covid-19 spreading in our community, and to keep everyone, including our staff, safe. Putting this requirement in place also means that we can maintain our levels of service to the best of our ability, at any traffic light level. An announcement regarding our winter offering will be made in due course.

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