Christchurch Gondola, is a cable car that offers 360 degree views of Christchurch region.
Christchurch Gondola, which is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm, is approximately 15 minutes drive from Christchurch central. The base is located at 10 Bridle Path Road, Heathcote Valley. There is plenty of parking available.
Alternatively they offer a return shuttle van from outside Canterbury Museum (Rolleston Ave) for $10 adult and $5 child (5-15 years). The van departs museum at 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. Shuttle returns from the Gondola at 10:05 am, 11:05 am, 12:35 pm, 1:35 pm, 2:35 pm, 3:35 pm and 4.35 pm.
The cable spans 862 metres to the top of Mt. Cavendish. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes offering views of Christchurch city, Canterbury plains, the Southern Alps and the Banks Peninsula Hills. A lookout deck at the top also offers views of Lyttelton township, port and harbour.
Also at the summit there is Red Rock Café, a gift shop and the Time Tunnel, an automated ride that takes visitors on a journey from 12 million years ago, passing through a volcano, native forest, a voyage onboard a ship to the early settlements of Christchurch.