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“Great views of Canterbury” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola
10 Bridle Path Road, Christchurch 8022, New Zealand
+64 3-384 0310
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Ranked #15 of 179 things to do in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: For a “top” experience in Christchurch (15 minute drive from central city), enjoy a relaxing ride to the summit of the Port Hills. Spectacular 360 degree views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, the majestic Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Plenty to see and do - experience the Time Tunnel Ride, go shopping, relax and enjoy a snack or beverage at the Red Rock Cafe.
Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great views of Canterbury”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

We were fortunate in the timing of our trip as the gondola had reopened about a month before we were in Christchurch; after more than two years being closed after the Christchurch earthquakes. As part of the relaunch up to three children could travel free which was good news for us as we only had to pay for three of us. The ride up the hill is good – not a terrifying ride like the Langkawi cable car! The view at the top is superb – a great view of Lyttleton and the port on one side, and the city, Canterbury plains and the Southern Alps on the other. Going up there is a lot of evidence of rockfalls on the access road – I wasn’t sure if this was from the earthquakes or from preventative work. There are walks around the top to enjoy the view, and an audio visual show about the history of Canterbury. It is poignant to compare the picture boards showing the views before the earthquakes with the current view – it gives some idea of what has been lost.

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We are very happy to hear you and your family enjoyed the time up the Gondola, and pleased you took us up on our special offer.
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“Most awesome experience, see CHCH after the quake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Fabulous scenery, top the experience by viewing CHCH after the two destructive quakes, get to see the before CHCH pic's in the cafe.

Appreciate the spectacular views, CHCH's heart is still pumping and will grow again with all the LOVE and HELP from the world.

The cafe was so busy, staff were run off their feet with so many people visiting, take a picnic.
But most of all just experience this great attraction CHCH has to offer.

Check your camera batteries, mine were flat - so I missed out on sharing with you. I will go again!!!!

Visited April 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are pleased that you had a lovely time up the Gondola and enjoyed the views from the top. Thank you for your kind words about our attraction and we look forward to seeing you again, and this time with charged batteries for your camera.
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“Great views, perfect spot.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I hate gondolas, I just don't feel safe. Also I'm not keen on heights. However, I'm so glad I did this. We had the perfect late summer day, blue sky and warm breeze. The views are amazing - the Pacific on one side, the South Pacific in the distance on the other. You can get out and wander round, have a picnic and just admire the view. There's a cafe and so on up there but we just sat outside and chilled. Bliss.

Visited April 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are pleased you did venture up the Gondola and enjoyed the views from the Top Station. You did very well for someone who is afraid of heights and Gondolas! Thank you for your feedback we are grateful you took the time.
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“Terrible Service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The experience of gondola ride and superb views was spoilt by poor service and dirty tables in the cafe.

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
We are sorry that your experience was spoilt by the service at the Cafe. Your feedback has been passed onto the Cafe team and more training has since been put into place. Thank you very much for your comment, we are grateful you took the time.
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Fantastic views over the city and great coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This attraction had just opened and it was fantastic. I had great weather and the views were endless. Pitty the walks on the top are still closed.

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Hi Ivan, Thank you for your feedback, we highly appreciate it. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to seeing you again, and hopefully the tracks may be opened next time.
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