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Aug 31, 2023
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The Christchurch Gondola is a point-of-interest system in Christchurch, New Zealand. The base station is located in Heathcote Valley, and the system travels up the side of Mount Cavendish in the Port Hills. The monocable detachable gondola is considered one of the top tourist attractions in Christchurch, swiftly carrying passengers to the summit at 1,460 ft (445 meters) above sea level. At the top, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Lyttleton Harbour to the south, the Southern Alps to the northwest, and the city of Christchurch to the north. In addition, there’s a restaurant at the summit and numerous hiking and biking trails and launch points for paragliders.

The gondola closed after suffering minor damage during the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, and was reopened in March 2013.

System Statistics:

Year opened1992
Length (km)0.53
Trip time (minutes)10
Capacity (pphpd)812
Cabin Capacity4


Image credits: CC BY-SA 4.0, by TanyaHyde


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