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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:Varies

Rotorua Gondola with optional Luge Ride

Enjoy the spectacular panoramas over Lake Rotorua and the city as you ride in a gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha. At the summit, you can choose to take the gondola back down the mountain or go for an exciting luge ride on one of three purpose-built tracks.


  • 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

Mount Ngongotaha is located only 6 miles (10 km) from the center of Rotorua and offers a great day out. Board the gondola for an approximately 10-minute climb to the 1,597-foot (487-meter) summit, where you’ll find amazing views over the city, Lake Rotorua and surrounding areas. At the top, take some time to soak up the views before re-boarding the gondola for the downward ride.

Or, add a bit of excitement to your day by selecting the optional luge ride. You’ll whiz down the mountain on a three-wheeled cart, which has a unique braking and steering system that makes it fun and easy. There are three luge tracks to choose from, with six entry points: the scenic route with a leisurely 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) ride through a redwood forest; the intermediate track with chicanes, a tunnel and fabulous views over the city and lake; or the advanced track with tight turns, dips and a tunnel for a thrilling, adrenaline-pumping ride. Getting up and down a mountain has never been so much fun!

If you choose the Luge Option, you can ride the luge five times, and a chairlift will take you back to the top of the mountain between rides.

Customer Reviews

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!!!!



5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

Both the gondola and luge were fun. We had a race on the luge (no guts, no glory) and hit some good speeds. It was so easy to drive too, you'll pick it up very quickly!
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