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INSIDE: Everything you need to know about Rotorua Gondola deals for families and more. 

You can ride up the side of a dormant volcano – Mount Ngongotaha in Rotorua – on the Skyline Gondola! 

This mountain is chockablock full of super fun things to do in Rotorua, and the only way to reach them is via the Rotorua Gondola.

Take a ride up today and join in a bunch of fun family activities in Rotorua for the whole crowd.

Read our guide below to find the best Rotorua Gondola deals for families, AND more! 

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Image credit: Nick Bramhall via Flickr CC BY SA 2.0

Skyline Gondola Rotorua 

The Skyline Gondola in Rotorua is an eight-seater cabin that fits the whole family.

Travel 900 metres up the mountain slope to the top of Skyline in peace and quiet.

Gaze down upon Lake Rotorua, see the city, and spy the steam from any one of the geothermal parks around town.

Keep an eye out for luge riders below!

Warning: The ride inside the gondola  is the only quiet moment you’ll have at Skyline.

The top is full of adrenalin-fuelled hyper experiences where you’ll laugh, and cry!

No need to book. Just turn up.

The queue doesn’t take long.

Photo - Skyline Rotorua Luge family pic

Best Rotorua Gondola Deals for Families

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Here’s the best Rotorua Luge Deals for families.

Family Gondola tickets (gondola only)

  • Family of 4 $87 NZ
  • Family of 5 $100 NZ 

Buy tickets here via Klook

Skyline Gondola & Luge Rides

You can also buy Rotorua Luge Family Tickets with luge rides through Klook

  • Rotorua Gondola ticket and 1 luge ride
  • Rotorua Gondola ticket and 3 luge rides
  • Rotorua Gondola ticket and 5 luge rides

Select your package options here.

Please note these terms for Family Luge Deals.

  • A Family of four includes 2 adults and 2 children.
  • A family of five includes 2 adults and 3 children.
  • Children are 5-14 years.
  • Infants are under 5 and are free of charge.

RELATED: Big Guide to the Best Things to do in Rotorua for families & kids

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What to do after your Skyline Rotorua Gondola Ride

There’s plenty of things to do at Skyline Gondola and Luge Rotorua.

Take a look at these activities.

Allow at least 3-4 hours up top, before your return Gondola ride home.

Photo - Skyline Rotorua Luge riding with RTG

Things to do at Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge

No.1: Ride the Rotorua Skyline Luge 

Take a self drive down 5km of winding tracks on a Skyline Luge, the first place in the world to offer this epic adventure!

Hot tip: Check our guide for info on Rotorua Luge deals & discounts

Photo - Skyline Rotorua Luge mini diggers

No.2: Take a turn on the Mini Diggers

Toddlers and Preschoolers can take a ride on the Mini Diggers

$2 NZ per go. 

mtb gravity trails by chris sutton

Image credit: Chris Sutton via Flickr CC BY SA 2.0

No.3: Mountain Bike the Skyline MTB Gravity Park

Head up the mountain on the gondola with your bike, and race the downhill trails back to base.

This mountain biking is not for the faint hearted, but adrenalin junkies love this place. 

No.4: Race on the Zoom Zipline

Race your friends through Skyline’s magnificent Redwood forest on 400 metre long dual ziplines.

This is a unique experience for the brave! 

No.5: Soar above Rotorua on the Skyswing

Grab two friends and jump on the Sky Swing.

The ride takes you 50 metres into the air, then it’s up to you to press go, and launch the drop.

Be prepared for your heart to end up in your mouth! 

Photo - Skyline Rotorua Luge view of tracks

No.6: Wander the nature trails

Wander around the green trails through the forests of Skyline.

See the birds, the views and the trees. 

Say hi to the friendly sheep too. 

No.7: Shop for Kiwiana souvenirs at the iNZpired Store

Shop for New Zealand gifts at this carefully curated store. 

Buy fashion, jewellery, merino clothing, NZ skincare brands, art, local gourmet foods, children’s books, and ceramics.

You won’t leave empty handed. 

No.8: Visit Jelly Belly Rotorua

Snack on sweet treats at the Jelly Belly Store.

Click here for an inside look at the shop.

No.9: Rotorua Wine Tasting

Try wine tasting at Volcanic Hills winery.

The winery is open:

  • 12pm – 6pm Friday and Saturdays
  • 12pm – 5pm Sundays. 

Book in here to savour three wines, or try the whole range of 5.  

No.10: Skyline Market Kitchen Cafe feasts

Fuel up with coffee and light snacks at Market Kitchen.

Market kitchen has an atmosphere not unlike a ski resort, with bubbly noise of people milling about.

It’s a good fuel stop during your big day adventure! 

No.11: Dine under the stars at Stratosfare Restaurant.

Stratosfare Skyline Rotorua restaurant is open for Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Booking in advance is strongly recommended, as it’s VERY popular with both locals and visitors. 

Photo - Skyline Rotorua Luge mini diggers

THE INSIDE SCOOP: Skyline Gondola and Luge

Address: The Skyline Gondola in Rotorua is located at 178 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua New Zealand on the North Island.
Telephone: +64 7 347 0027
Email: [email protected]
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: (Season dependent)

  • 9am daily – 5.30pm Sunday to Friday
  • 9am to 8pm Saturday nights only

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Skyline Gondola Rotorua Prices

Click here for the full list of prices for a ride on the Gondola only, or family packages combining a Gondola trip + Luge rides

(The Skyline Gondola and Luge packages are much better value)

Skyline Rotorua parking

Free car parking at the entrance of the Rotorua Gondola at Skyline


Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: Skyline Restaurant & Market Kitchen on site.
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table
Disability access: Yes.

Toadstool Rating – Rotorua Adventure Activities at Skyline.

5 toadstools for the Gondola + Luge adventure! Don’t miss it.

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