Image of the April 2018 Wilderness Magazine Cover Read more from the
April 2018 Issue
Home / Articles / Walkshorts

The gondolas are coming

The Ruapehu gondola will hold 50 cabins

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts plans to start construction on a gondola later this year, which will replace two chairlifts at Whakapapa Ski Field. It’s not the only gondola proposal in the pipeworks.

The Remarkables

A consent for a 10km gondola that would run from Remarkables Park, near Queenstown Airport, along the Kawarau River and up Rastus Burn Valley to The Remarkables ski field is expected to be lodged later this year.

About 2km of the route is on DOC land and would require a concession. The gondola would carry 2000 passengers an hour and operate year-round.

Franz Josef

Plans for a gondola running from the valley floor to the head of the Franz Josef Glacier are progressing, but first the development must be permitted in the next management plan for Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

The development is supported by Federated Mountain Clubs as it could phase out many helicopter flights.

Ngaruawahia 

A Hamilton developer has announced plans for a gondola up the Hakarimata Range in Ngaruawahia. The  ‘Rotorua-type concept’, would be located near the popular Hakarimata Summit Track but first requires Hamilton City Council’s approval.

Support Wilderness

Since 1991, Wilderness has had one simple goal: to help Kiwis ‘See more, do more, live more’ of New Zealand.

If you value our mission, please consider subscribing. As a loyal supporter, you’ll receive these benefits:

  • New Zealand’s best outdoor journalism We’ve won multiple awards for our journalism and magazine production.
  • NZ’s best trips. Browse more than 610 trips with downloadable maps and route notes.
  • Trustworthy gear reviews. Each month we review gear we’ve been bashing and thrashing for months so you can determine if its worth your money.
  • Web exclusives. Each week we publish stories you won’t find in the magazine. View our latest web exclusives.
  • Member benefits. Our WildCard provides discounts at more than 20 partners throughout New Zealand.
  • Your support goes a long way. Your subscription will help us fund NZ’s best outdoor journalists and writers and ensure Wilderness will be there to inspire the next generation of outdoor Kiwis.

A subscription costs as little as $7.00/month for instant access to all articles, trips, gear reviews and gear guides.

View all our subscription options and join the club.

Already a subscriber? Login Now.