Mount Ruapehu Gondola

Sky Waka Gondola - a canoe in the sky, a carrier of people! Ride New Zealand’s newest and longest gondola through the Whakapapa Ski Area on Mt Ruapehu. Have lunch at NZ’s highest restaurant – Knoll Ridge Café. Snow play and spectacular scenery across the North Island’s Central Plateau.

 
 
Premium Shuttle Service at Affordable Price!

Premium Shuttle Service at Affordable Price!

TWO-way shuttle, from 49 NZD

We will pick you up from your accommodation in either Taupo or Turangi and deliver you right to the base of the mountain. We have local experienced drivers who know the area, who will show you what to do and where to go.

This shuttle service includes free pick-up and return. Departures available from Taupo 9.00am and Turangi 9.45am. Gondola passes and any food are additional costs.

Adult Taupo $59 / Turangi $49
Child Taupo $30 / Turangi $25
Family rate (2 adults + 2 children) Taupo or Turangi $125

Check out Daily Reports for important updates on our shuttle services and weather conditions

 

We know the challenges the mountains offer and our experience will help overcome these.

This magnificent new lift will propel you up to the highest restaurant in New Zealand - The Knoll Ridge Cafe. Enjoy spectacular scenery across the beautiful Tongariro National Park and the Central Plateau. Snow play and take amazing pictures that will be envy of your friends! Some of the cabins will even have glass floors so you can enjoy watching skiers and boarders underneath you!

Don’t stress about driving and then finding a park. Don’t stand in queues!

Come with Adventure HQ Taupo - we will pick you up from your accommodation in either Taupo or Turangi and deliver you right to the base of the mountain. We have local experienced drivers who know the area, who will show you what to do and where to go.


As a DOC concessionaire we take our responsibilities and your safety seriously. 

Be prepared for this amazing journey! You will need:

  • warm clothing - jacket, pants, gloves, hat

  • sturdy waterproof footwear

We have hiking equipment available for hire including:

  • Anti-slip devices for your boots (slip over the soles of your boots to give you more grip in snow/ice)

  • Trekking poles

  • Hiking boots

  • Clothing

We pick up from most accommodation in Taupo and Turangi as well as a central pick up in front of the respective I-sites.
Please be ready and waiting at your chosen departure point at least 10 minutes prior to departure.

Looking for a Group Booking?

Talk to us about a private or group shuttle for your adventure around the Central Plateau

We can offer you our experience and advice on all things big and small in our stunning region.

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Recent reviews of happy travellers

Pickup from our B&B right at time - nice driver - everything great! The company was very friendly and helpful in the beginning and also picked us up from our B&B accomodation. They drove safe and were helpful with some extra information. Great trip!
— Lisa, Trip Advisor
The driver was fantastic. Full of information and a true local. I would definitely recommend this company. It’s a small mini bus which is much nicer than the big buses.
— Suzanne, Bookme
Great way to visit Tongariro
The pick up service was on time, staff very friendly and informative and the complimentary ice pops at the end of the hike were greatly appreciated! :)
— Olivia, Trip Advisor