The state of the art Sky Waka gondola at Whakapapa will have an uphill capacity of 2400 people per hour.
Fifty gondola cabins will accommodate 10 passengers each and even the tallest skiers will be able to stand upright in the cabin with more than 2m of internal clearance.
Operating speed is up to 6 meters per second and the distance of the lift is 1.8km. The trip from the base station to the Knoll Ridge Chalet will take approximately 5.01 mins.
The Rangatira Express Chair, installed in 2016, will continue usual winter operations and the Waterfall Express Chair will be decommissioned.