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Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa - Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip

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    What to Expect
    Visit: Whakapapa, Manawatu-Wanganui 3989, New Zealand

    Single ride ticket for the brand new $25m Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa.

    Take your scenic gondola ride over Mt Ruapehu’s striking volcanic terrain to 2,020m above sea level. Each gondola cabin allows 360-degree views through floor to ceiling windows showcasing the beautiful snow covered peaks. Once at the top, enjoy a delicious meal at the newly renovated Pinnacles restaurant, located within Knoll Ridge Chalet. Boast to your friends about your meal with a view at NZ's award winning highest eatery.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Whakapapa, Manawatu-Wanganui 3989, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    7/9/2019 - 5/29/2020Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
    • Return gondola trip
    • Entry/Admission - Whakapapa
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    A must see, the gondola up the mountain is the icing on the cake, you can stay as long as you like up there, several eating/cafe areas. We sat outside and watched people ski and just admire the view. On the way down stopped at the chateau for lunch and coffee which was just
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    Response from MtRuapehuMarketing, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa - Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are really happy to hear you had a wonderful visit to Whakapapa and enjoyed your journey on the Sky Waka. The views are really stunning, especially on a clear day. We hope to welcome you back again soon.
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    Not what we were expecting so decided not to go in the gondola. Turned out to be expensive for all of us so spent time around the bottom instead which was a cheaper option for us.
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    It was a good trip up. Only recommendation would be if skis are going up with site seeing to keep it to a minimum of a few skis so you can actually look around. The food up there is good but seating is limited on a really busy day.
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    Response from MtRuapehuMarketing, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa - Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip
    Responded Aug. 21, 2019
    Kia ora, Thank you for your review. The Sky Waka is a brand new offering on Mt Ruapehu and we hope to make the ride up suitable for both skiers/ riders and sightseers. We appreciate your feedback on this. The seating in the Knoll Ridge Chalet has been redesigned and increased this year with the added addition of the Four Peaks Alley and we try to cater for any many people as possible on a busy day. We hope to see you back again soon.
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    Brought our tickets online $100 for two of us to go up the mountain sightseeing, got to the gondola ride and got jammed in like sardines with 8 skiers and their skis!! Couldn’t see or move, got soaked sitting next to their wet gear (not their fault). This is definitely not what
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    Response from MtRuapehuMarketing, Marketing at Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa - Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip
    Responded Aug. 21, 2019
    Kia Ora, Thank you for your review and sorry to hear that you had a less than pleasant experience. The Sky Waka is for both sightseers as well as skiers and snowboarders. When purchasing the ticket online it states that the ski and ride equipment is not permitted on the gondola for sightseeing rides, this means that as a sightseer you are not permitted to take ski and ride equipment up with you. At this stage we do not separate the cabins depending on ticket type. We will however take your feedback on board.
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    Waited an hour to purchased a Sky Waka ride for 2 adults and 3 kids - $164. Ride was lovely - ascending through the clouds. But once you get there, unless you have a ski pass, you cannot leave the eatery area. When I asked the staff where the kids could play, they pointed me
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    Response from MtRuapehuMarketing, Customer Relations - Team Leader at Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa - Sky Waka Gondola Return Trip
    Responded Aug. 3, 2019
    Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feed back and I am sorry to hear that your visit did not meet your expectations. We take all feedback seriously and would love for you to reach out with your contact details so we are able to consult with you further on your experience. The Sky Waka Product is very new and is the first time we have had this as an offering to our customers and we are consistently taking all feed back on board to make this a better experience for our guests. I would like to address the limited access to the snow once you reached Knoll ridge chalet, this year we had limited snow on the upper Mountain when you visited which meant we have had to limit where our customers could go on the snow, this is due to much of the snow surrounding the chalet was unstable and was not able to be maintained. As a safety precautions the decision was that we would make a specific area that we could ensure would be safe for or guests to access the snow until more natural snow was received. We hope to have more snow available to those who come up the Sky Waka this season. Once again we would love to discuss this further with you if you want to reach out to us this can be done via our website using the help tab at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
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    Key Details
    • Mt Ruapehu
    • Duration: 1h
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