4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
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Rotorua Gondola with optional Luge Ride

Climb to the summit of Mt Ngongotaha on a 10-minute aerial ride aboard the Rotorua Gondola. Soak up panoramic views over the city and Lake Rotorua, and spend leisurely time at the top before making your way back down. Alternatively, opt to include five luge rides down one of three purpose-built tracks — basic, intermediate or advanced — including a chairlift between rides.


  • Gondola ride to the summit of Mt Ngongotaha in Rotorua
  • See panoramic views over Lake Rotorua and the city
  • Enjoy the thrill of riding a luge (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Rotorua Gondola with optional Luge Ride

Rotorua Gondola and Luge

Make your way to the base of the Rotorua Gondola, conveniently located just 6 miles (10 km) from the city center. From your glass-enclosed gondola car, take in the views over Lake Rotorua and the surrounding areas during a scenic 10-minute ride. When you reach the summit of 1,597-foot (487-meter) Mt Ngongotaha, enjoy free time to snap photos from every angle before re-boarding the gondola for the downward ride. 

Optional Luge Ride 
Select from three luge tracks with six entry points, and whiz down Mt Ngongotaha on a three-wheeled cart. Your ticket allows you to ride the luge five times, and a chairlift delivers you back to the top of the mountain between rides. Take a leisurely 1.2-mile (2-km) ride through a redwood forest on the scenic route; ride around chicanes and through a tunnel on the intermediate track; or amp up your adrenaline for a ride with tight turns and dips on the advanced track. The unique braking and steering system ensures the luge ride is fun and easy!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This place is a great stop if you go to Rotorua. We had a great time riding the Luge! The Gondola has some really great views of the Lake.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

So much fun - we're almost 60 and thoroughly enjoyed this - with arthritis in spine and knee replacements in both knees - getting down to ground level to get on and off the luge was hard but hubby helped me - and I wouldn't have missed this - such awesome fun!! Don't let age or health issues stop you

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

great famliy day out get there early to avoid the qiews and dont forget the camera !!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Awsome trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

All good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Awesome fun! Even in the rain.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2012

Great sights from the Gondola, walked the trails, Enjoyed the day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Great Fun! The family had a ball. A must do for families.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

My four year old daughter especially loved the scenic track on the Luge.

Janette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

It's our second trip back to Rotorua (especially to do the LUGE again!!)...Loved it just as much this time! Got there early (to avoid crowds and queues) - good move! By the time we'd done our 5 luge rides, the queues were very long. The Staff wear shirts saying, "Once is NEVER enough!" Too true! Definitely glad we did the 5 rides each...could've kept going! Hadn't intended buying photos this time around (as we did that 3 years ago) but the family photo in the Gondola was so lovely we had to buy it. Surprisingly (these days!) we didn't need to wear safety shoes and long trousers...shorts and 'flip flops' were allowed. We were even allowed to carry a back pack or camera bag as we went hurtling down the tracks...although there are lockers for NZ$2 if required. Kids of all ages can ride...either on parent's lap (cute!) or on their own (from about 6 or 7 I'd reckon). We even saw an old grandma putt-putting along which was lovely. It truly is a great way for entire families to have a lot of fun together. The chairlift back up to the top of the mountain is fun too. We wish there was a Luge track in Brisbane (and 'dream' of starting one up ourselves). Probably cheaper to fly back to Rotorua next time we get the urge. DO IT!!!!

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