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Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens Gondola Punting and Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

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    See Christchurch in one day on a multi-attraction tour of ‘The Garden City,’ starting with pickup from your hotel by coach. Listen to informative commentary from your knowledgeable guide during the drive to your first activity: a boat ride on the tranquil Avon River.

    Begin your Christchurch sightseeing adventure aboard a punt—a classic flat-bottomed boat—which you can share with your companions while a punter in period costume narrates the sights along the shallow waterway.

    Disembark on shore at the 52-acre (21-hectare) Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you’ll tour by caterpillar, an electric-powered open-air shuttle bus. Snap photos of beautiful glass conservatories that house tropical plants, and hop off for a closer look at the extensive collection of native and exotic plants, including 250 varieties of roses, a medicinal and culinary herb garden, and more.

    Next, your guide takes you to the coastal enclaves of Sumner and Redcliffs, passing the volcanic Cave Rock on Sumner Beach along the way. Then hop inside the Christchurch Gondola for a ride up to the Port Hills. Disembark at the Crater Rim for sweeping views over Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) and the Southern Alps. 

    Enjoy free time here for lunch (own expense), and see an audiovisual display that details the region’s natural and human history.

    Your tour ends when you board the elegant Christchurch Tram. Say farewell to your guide and embark on a narrated hop-on hop-off tour of the city center via heritage tram. You have the rest of the day to independently explore any of the 17 stops, including the Re:START shopping district—an innovative outdoor mall housed in designer shipping containers.
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    Reviewed March 31, 2019

    We hopped on the tram with our young kids outside our apartment (West Fitzroy on Armagh St) unsure whether we could buy a combo ticket directly from the tram. We had the friendliest conductor (Peter) who was incredibly helpful sorting out what tickets we needed....More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    1  Thank Aurien
    Reviewed January 26, 2019

    Would recommend this Grand Tour giving you a variety of things to see. Tony the guide good valve and informative. We were treated to a beautiful sunny day making Punting on the Avon most relaxing. Enjoyed the Botanical Gardens with all the varied plants. Particularly...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Wendy F
    Reviewed January 7, 2019

    Tony our tour guide was informative and made the trip enjoyable. Highlights of the tour were Punting on the Avon where you get to experience a gondola ride Venetian style along the Avon River and the Gondola which is a ski lift ride up to...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank CenzinaA1
    Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

    After the gondola ride to the top of the mountain, we were dropped off at the tram stop. The trans are authentic, in original condition and function well. The tram drivers second as tour guides telling us all the stories of the sights we pass....More

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    CHCHAttractions, Public Relations Manager at Christchurch Tramway, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time on board our historic trams. We do hope to see you again sometime soon. Thanks

    Reviewed October 25, 2018

    Had been recommended this tour by family who had done it recently so we picked a glorious Christchurch day and we were not disappointed. Kept to time,well informed, knowledgeable driver. Fantastic day out. Being able to use tram ticket next day a great bonus. Thoroughly...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank Glennis M
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    December 11, 2018|
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    Response from dianegarland0 | Reviewed this property |
    I’m not really sure ,but there would always be taxis and maybe coaches going into the city
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