Enjoy a bird’s-eye view from more than 1,640 feet (500 meters) above sea level on the Christchurch Gondola. Take in 360-degree views as the Christchurch cityscape competes for your attention with views of the Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps and the Banks Peninsula. The trip takes 10 minutes each way.
The Gondola Base Station is located in Heathcote Valley. Parking is available if you’re coming by car, and the summit Station is at the top of Mt Cavendish. There’s a café and shop in case you need some souvenirs. There are also walking and biking tracks nearby, so come prepared to spend time outside.
The Christchurch Gondola is open from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week all year long. It’s about a 15-minute car ride from central Christchurch to the Gondola. If you don’t have a car, you can catch a shuttle outside the Canterbury Museum. It leaves on the half hour and returns every hour. You can also jump on public bus number 28.