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“Great day out” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola
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Christchurch Gondola Ride
Ranked #10 of 227 things to do in Christchurch
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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.
Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

I went with my mother and niece (6) we had a great day, amazing views, history train in the centre was great, didn't eat in as we brought a packed lunch and had it sitting out on the steps. I felt the shop was too over priced like most tourist shop, turns out I bought most of my gift here.....

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for visiting the Gondola. It's lovely to sit out in the sun to have a bite to eat and take in the views! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Time Tunnel experience, and that you found lots of gifts at the Shop at the Top. Thank you for posting your review.
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“Do this first on your Christchurch visit if you can”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2013

Ride up is okay but spectacular views at the observation deck 360 of Christchurch, the Canterbury plains, mountains in the distance, crater (Lyttleton) and South Pacific beaches. Go when the weather is good. Can get cold and windy outside on the observation deck. The short Disneyesque time-tunnel ride is a nice way to learn about the history of the region. Some displays/information boards on other historical and geological facts. Souvenir shop and cafe at the top with pretty reasonable prices (didn't buy anything so can't really comment). You can either take the gondola back down or hike down (we did the latter) which takes about 45 minutes along the crater rim and then down a steep gravel road (watch out, the rocks are loose). I find everything in Christchurch on the pricy side (the ride was $25 NZ per person adult) but we had 2 for 1 tickets, which made it very reasonable.

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for visiting the Gondola. We are glad that you enjoyed taking in the view as well as the Time Tunnel experience. There are some lovely walks from the Summit Station (and it's much easier on the legs to walk down from the top rather than up!) Thank you for taking the time to review your time at our attraction.
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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2013

Went up the gondola. Cute sheep running around beneath us. Good views back towards Christchurch and Sumner on the way up. The views up the top looking over Lyttleton are stunning! Did the time tunnel ride, worth a look as it is included in price.

Visited October 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the views from the Gondola Summit Station. The sheep on the hill are very cute, and it's lovely to see the new lambs on the way up the Gondola in springtime! Thank you for visiting our attraction and for taking the time to post your review.
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“Expensive for what it was”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

Someone else already mentioned that the gondola itself was nothing special, it was a relatively short ride and in my opinion the view was not as spectacular as what I experienced from Queenstown skyline gondola (NZ) or the skyrail in Cairns Australia (7.5km ride). That said, there are not many things you can do in the city these days so this is worth a visit if you have a few hours to kill while in Christchurch. There is another kind of ride once you reach the top. Don't miss this one, it's actually quite interesting.

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are happy that you enjoyed the Time Tunnel ride, and hope you found it to be very informative. There is some amazing scenery in New Zealand, especially in Queenstown, and we believe that the Gondola Summit Station offers our visitors a unique vantage point to view our city from. Thank you for visiting the Gondola, and we hope you had a lovely time in Christchurch.
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“Amazing views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

Must be seen on a clear day.We went week day which maybe better than weekends crowd wise. The views are amazing. They have a Souvenir shop which I wish I had bought more from as they were very reasonable compared to most places visited since. The cafe has great affordable food too. You can either sit at the dining tables or the informal lounges. The day we went up they had warned us that it was very windy and we may get stuck up there for a bit which we did but it was so nice up there, it didnt bother us. We also went in the " Time Tunnel " which gives you an insight into the history and the area and had the added value of being free. A nice way to spend an afternoon
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Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time at the Gondola, despite having to stay at the Summit Station for a short while until the wind died down! Thank you for your kind feedback about the cafe and the shop, and for taking the time to review your time at our attraction.
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