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Head to the Rotorua Gondola base, which is located only six miles (10 km) outside the city center. Once aboard the glass-enclosed gondola car, ride for 10 minutes to reach the summit of Mt Ngongotaha, which stands 1,597 feet (487 meters) tall.

Gaze over Lake Rotorua and the surrounding region from the gondola and mountain top, and when ready, return to the gondola to descend to the base. Alternatively, you can choose to the luge ride option for your descent.

Choose from three luge tracks—basic, intermediate or advanced—to zip down the mountain. Select a package with one, three, or five luge rides, and relax while the chairlift delivers you back to the mountain top in between rides. It's a great activity for adventurous kids and adults alike.
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Lake Rotorua
Ride the Rotorua Gondola to the top of Mt Ngongotaha and soak in sweeping views during the 10-minute ride. You’ll overlook Lake Rotorua and the city, and can spend as much time as you like at the summit. Have the option to descend by luge on one of three tracks — basic, intermediate or advanced. The luge provides a fun ride for all ages, no prior experience required.
  • View Rotorua and its surroundings from the Rotorua Gondola
  • Ascend Mt Ngongotaha in a glass-enclosed gondola cabin 
  • Have the option to take a fun luge ride, great for people of all ages
  • Spend as much time as you like at the summit of Mt Ngongotaha
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Reviewed 5 days ago
Even fun on a rainy day activity

Advised by friends we went to the skyline rotorua to experience the luge rides. Although the advanced line was closed due to the rainy weather circumstances the scenic and intermediate rides offered a lot of fun. It is not very cheap but with a family...More

Thank RuurdvanElburg
Reviewed 6 days ago
Fun ride, miserable staff.

We arrived at the top of the gondola and it was completely clear of what we had to do as it was only the far luge course operating. We grabbed a stinky helmet (I recommend bringing a beanie hat to wear underneath) and then queued...More

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 1 week ago
Something different to do in Rotorua

There is a beautiful view from the top of the mountain and a lovely trail to come down on the luge which you can easily control the speed on. We took the scenic route down which was in the shade and you didn't feel like...More

Thank Susan E
skylinerotorua, Guest Relations Manager at Skyline Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful time! We hope you can visit again soon and enjoy the Volcanic Hills Wine Tasting.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
fun times, must do!

I have been to the Gondola three times so far, and every time is as fun as the first. The luge is a blast (if you go to the top of the hill there is a station with usually no lines). The gondola offers great...More

Thank Jimmy H
skylinerotorua, Guest Relations Manager at Skyline Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such a wonderful review! We hope you can visit again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nice view and excellent experience for the children

My youngest isn't really into the adrenaline experience so we were limited in what we could do - and I was driving so wine tastings etc were out. The gondola was a pleasant experience and good view but not too terrifying. We all went on...More

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skylinerotorua, Guest Relations Manager at Skyline Rotorua, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed it, we will pass this fantastic feedback to the team.

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