Grand Tour Of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens, Gondola And Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

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Discover Christchurch on a half-day tour that includes transportation and tickets to four top attractions. Youll explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by caterpillar shuttle, float down the Avon River, soar into the hills on the Christchurch Gondola and take a hop-on hop-off tour of the city center on the Christchurch Tram. This guided tour also includes stops at the vibrant Re:START shopping district and the coastal communities of Sumner and Redcliffs. Save money with this multi-attraction tour that showcases the highlights of a beautiful city.


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After hotel pickup, board an air-conditioned coach to begin your Christchurch sightseeing adventure, enjoying informative narration from your knowledgeable guide during the drive.

Your first activity is a 30-minute boat ride on the tranquil Avon River by punt, a traditional flat-bottomed boat. Share the small, comfortable boat with a couple of companions, and listen to the commentary of your punter, who guides you along the scenic waterway.

Adjacent to the Avon River, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens sit on 52 acres (21 hectares) of beautifully landscaped space. Explore the gardens on a caterpillar tour (an open-air shuttle) that takes you past exotic and native plant species. Stop for a closer look at areas such as the glass conservatories that house tropical vegetation, 250 varieties of roses, or an herb garden that features plants known for medicinal and culinary uses.

After lunch, take in the scenery as you travel through the coastal suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs. See sights like Cave Rock, an unusual volcanic rock formation on Sumner Beach with great views of the coast. Then head to the Christchurch Gondola, an enclosed cabin that glides up the Port Hills to Summit Station. Disembark at the top, 1,500 feet (500 meters) above sea level, to admire panoramic views over Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) and the Southern Alps. An audiovisual exhibit called The Time Tunnel describes the regions natural and human history. You'll also have some time here for lunch.

Your tour ends in town at the Christchurch Tram. You have the rest of the day to ride the elegant heritage tram, which operates as a hop-on hop-off tour. Disembark at any of the 17 stops to explore the city center on your own or explore Re:START shopping district, a popular spot that exemplifies Christchurchs recovery after the devastation of the 2011 earthquake. The innovative outdoor mall features shops and eateries in sturdy, colorful designer shipping containers.

Inclusions for Grand Tour Of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens, Gondola And Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour
  • 30-minute Avon River punt ride
  • Christchurch Tram hop-on hop-off ticket
  • Christchurch Gondola ride
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup (call 03 366 7830 before 9.30am to arrange pick up)

Exclusions for Grand Tour Of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens, Gondola And Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transport to/from the attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes

Children must be accompanied by an adult

All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking

All customer must be at the pickup location at the given time.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • A very informative overview of the CBD and surrounding areas by Tony our Bus Driver/Guide with varied activities enjoyed by all.

  • We had a free day in Christchurch and took this great tour. Three main attractions: wonderful guided tour of beautiful botanical garden fun gondola ride and beautiful views and a very relaxing punting on the Avon river. Highly recommended.

  • The food was beyond perfect, the staff attentive and friendly.

  • Fabulous way to see the highlights in Christchurch. We went punting on the Avon, toured the botanical gardens with a guide, rode the gondola for views of the city and then had the ability to hop on and off the tram for anything else we wanted to see. It was the perfect way to tour the area.

  • This was a fun tour, but the gardens are beautiful, and there was not enough time to truly enjoy these. Would recommend at least half a day in the gardens alone.

  • Fantastic trip! Barry was very helpful and had so much information about this beautiful city. Well worth the price! A must for every visitor to Christchurch. Once you've done the tour, it's easier to go exploring on your own, now that the lay of the land is familiar.

  • Fun tour! Good way to do lots of the main attractions in Christchurch.

  • This tour was fantastic, great overview of the city, Our driver was great, there was enough time spent at each place and we were not rushed.

  • A must if you are in Christchurch ! The punting on the Avon was so relaxing, the Botanical Gardens beautiful, and the ride up in the gondola was breathtaking for it's view's of both Christchurch and the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant up on top was also very good.

  • This is a brilliant way to see the highlights of Christchurch. Tom our guide and the driver of the bus is caring and informative...we felt we had made a friend. Hard to ay what the highlight was...maybe Tom's commentary! :

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