Mt. Ngongotaha Gondola with Luge Rides
Tauranga, New Zealand
- Luge rides: Shoot down the mountain on a three-wheeled luge, with three tracks of varying difficulty. You get five thrilling rides down, coming back up via chairlift.
- Gondola ride: Step into the glass-enclosed gondola for a scenic 10-minute ride that rises 1,597 feet to Ngongotaha's Summit. The Maori call it "the Altar of the Gods."
- Spectacular views: Have your camera ready to capture amazing sights from the gondola and the top of the mountain, including Lake Rotorua and the area's rugged volcanic terrain.
About This Tauranga Tour
These luge rides are a thrill that will stay with you forever. The three-wheeled vehicle you ride on is part go-cart, part toboggan, and 100 percent exciting, with a unique steering and braking system that makes it easy, safe, and fun.
Choose from three tracks and degrees of difficulty, with six entry points. The Scenic Track is 1.2 miles long, and perfect for beginners and younger children, who can ride with an adult. Everyone wears a helmet, of course. And everyone watches the instruction video before taking off. (Please check for weight and height restrictions.)
The Intermediate ratchets up the intensity on just over a mile of sharp, narrow bends, a tunnel, and some superb views of the lake – if you dare take your eye off the track.
If you're really experienced, take the Advanced Track. It's only a bit longer than a half mile, but the bends, dips, and tunnel are a rush that'll keep a smile on your face all the way down. (Riders must be at least 10 years old and at least 4½ feet tall.)
Your ride up will be nice and scenic; the ride down, an awesome blast. And you get to do it five times.
Half the fun is getting there
Your ride to the top of the mountain is on a state-of-the-art gondola that's extremely stable, even in high winds; it seats eight, and travels at up to 18 miles per hour. The cabin is enclosed in glass, protecting you from the elements while providing amazing opportunities to work on your photography skills.
Please make your way to 185 Fairy Springs Rd, Fairy Springs, Rotorua to begin your adventure.
Luge Code of Conduct
The Luge Code of Conduct sets out the rules that help make the Luge a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Keep in Under Control - Remain in control of your speed and direction. Make sure you can stop and avoid any person or obstacle, as it is the Luge riders responsibility for keeping their Luge cart under control. Stay alert in case quick reaction is needed to avoid a collision.
No Helmet, No Ride - Helmets must be worn at all times when riding the Luge. Optional knee and elbow pads are available.
Pull Back to Stop - To slow yourself or stop the cart pull the handle bars back toward you. DO NOT STOP BY PUSHING HANDLE BARS FORWARD. Keep both hands on the handle bars at all times while riding to ensure ease of steering and braking.
Keep Your Feet in the Luge Cart at All Times - Do not put your feet outside of the cart foot-well, unless completely stopped, as injury may result. Footwear must be worn at all times. Use the brakes to slow or stop the cart!
Yield to those Below - Yield the right of way to persons downhill and choose a course that ensures their safety. A rider in an uphill position is responsible for maneuvering to avoid them.
Don't Block the Track - Stop on the track only if you are visible from above and if you are not obstructing the track. Only stop at the side of the track out of the way of others.
Respect All Safety Signs - Obey all signs and warnings and never venture off track.
No Alcohol or Drugs - Do not ride the Luge if your ability is impaired through use of alcohol or drugs.
Give Mountain Patrol a Hand - If you are involved in, or witness an accident, remain at the scene and identify yourself to first-aid staff.
Secure Loose Clothing and Articles - Jackets, garments, scarves, long hair and any personal articles should be secured to avoid damage or loss.
No Group Racing, No Bumping or Skidding - Racing in groups is not permitted. Do not bump into other carts. Do not skid the Luge cart wheels.
Warning - To ride the Luge you must be in good health and be free of height conditions, motion sickness, back problems or other physical limitations. Expectant mothers should not ride.
Height Restriction - Riders who are under 110cm will need to ride in tandem with an adult, and only on the Scenic or Intermediate tracks. Additionally, only infants who are able to walk and support their own body weight are able to ride with an accompanying adult. Riders who are between 110cm and 135 cm, can ride the Scenic and Intermediate tracks unaccompanied. Children that are 10 years old and over 135 cm can ride the Advanced Track unaccompanied.
Chairlift Safety - The maximum load on the chairlift is 2 people per chair. Follow all instructions for boarding and disembarking the chairlift. Please note that the chairlift does not stop at any time.
The amount of walking is at the traveler's discretion while visiting the attraction. Varying surfaces will be encountered during your tour.
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
For safety reasons and the effective operation of this tour, travelers must be a minimum of 110 cm to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Pregnant women and travelers with back/neck problems should not select tour.
Helmets must be worn at all times when riding the Luge. Optional knee and elbow pads are available.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.
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