Christchurch Gondola

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Christchurch Gondola
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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.
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Pippa
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Family
Was a bit dull. Pretty views , good coffee , but not sure of the why ? Kids enjoyed it though and said it was wow . Great cafe at the top !
Written July 13, 2022
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Kinc0ra
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
Like everything else it seems, the Gondola doesn't open until 10:00am. It takes about 40 minutes by bus number 28 in the city and costs $2:00 a person! We could not get over it. The public transport is very cheap all over NZ. The bus stops right out side the entrance so there is no way you'll miss it! The buses run once an hour from downtown, but check the timetable. The gondola itself is fun and the view from the top is great. The explanation boards are very clear and show you what you are looking it. The café was fabulous and had a good range of offerings. The big surprise was their gift shop! It had the best and cheapest range of souvenirs (which we discovered on our subsequent trips around NZ) Given it's location in a closed touristic environment, we expected higher priced too but no. At $4:00 per person return to Christchurch, it was a bargain. You can also buy combination passes for different attractions there. Don't forget to bring and seniors and student/ concession cards as these seem to be accepted also ~ perhaps it was the grey hair, but I was given seniors rates almost everywhere without asking, and only once asked to show a seniors card. It saves a lot of money on entry fees.
Written July 8, 2022
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lynn e
Dunedin, New Zealand132 contributions
We arrived in Christchurch for the caravan show but decided to look around the city as well, the Gondola was great and great for a view over Lyttelton harbour.
Written May 27, 2022
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Scribo
Christchurch, New Zealand206 contributions
Family
We enjoyed our trip on the gondola. It stopped three times on the way up which was a bit disconcerting. Otherwise the view from the top is good.
Written April 18, 2022
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Kia ora and thanks for the review. The gondola can stop often for customers who require assistance to get on the cabins including, wheelchair users, elderly guests, young families with babies and strollers etc. We also need to stop the cabins in order to load supplies for the retail shop and the cafe, as this is the only way to get the supplies to the summit. Hopefully that explains why the gondola can stop often, we are glad you enjoyed the rest of your visit :-)
Written May 1, 2022
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yoyo
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Family
The gondola is fine, but don't buy clothes from the shops above. I bought a hoodie from Gondola Shop, due to the COVID-19, I washed it when I got home . And after washed there were a damaged part. I'm not sure if it was already broken or if it was washed. Quality is not good. It's not worth it. I'm just unlucky. So think twice about buying stuffs from over there.
Written March 7, 2022
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Thanks for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed the gondola ride and we are sorry to hear about the hoodie that was purchased. It is very rare for items to be in such condition, anything like this can be returned or swapped out, as per our company policies. Feel free to contact us directly to discuss further on gondola@christchurchattractions.nz We look forward to hearing from you. Regards, Mark
Written March 20, 2022
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Roberta B
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We have not been up the Gondola before. The ride up is very smooth and very high. Once up the view is amazing. As an added bonus you get to take the ride though New Zealand History which was very interesting. We did feel that the Gondola was a wee bit expensive, and no Super Gold Card Discount which was a bit disappointing
Written February 21, 2022
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Sam
9 contributions
There is a restaurant at the endpoint of Gondola which is very reasonable. You can have a good view and quality food at an affordable price. Public Transport is also available which will drop you at the starting point of Gondola.
Written January 20, 2022
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Vacationer829144
9 contributions
Couples
The views are incredible shows just how spread out Christchurch is. Loved the little tunnel history ride and was pleasently surprised that it didn't cost extra. worth visiting.
Written January 18, 2022
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Tim L
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions
Beautiful day to be whisked up to the top of the hill.
Really nice staff, happy to have travelers again, after the long lockdown.
The journey through time ride is cheesy as hell & quite dated but well worth doing for the value of it.
Fabulous views of the city & good value
Written January 14, 2022
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lizardtg
Christchurch, New Zealand18 contributions
beautiful weather, fantastic service throughout. One of our family is in a wheel chair and the staff were amazing, supportive, helpful and kind. The cafe had good food again great smiley staff willing to help. Fantastic views and the shop was very reasonably priced so we came home loaded with goodies
Written December 29, 2021
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