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500 Annual Passes To Give Away

Tune into More FM 92.1 and be in to win a Welcome Aboard Annual Pass as one of the radio station’s promotions. The much valued pass provides unlimited rides on Christchurch Tram and Christchurch Gondola for one year. It also offers discounts on other company attractions. Welcome Aboard is giving a lot away but believes,… Read More

Down Memory Lane

Retirement village patrons have been jolting their memories of Christchurch’s central city. Welcome Aboard’s Christchurch Tramway has been hosting A Trip Down Memory Lane tours for local retirement complexes, with the most recent comprising 11 residents of Fendalton Retirement Village. There was no doubt that they enjoyed the experience: their smiles and comments said it… Read More

Travel Industry: Better Outcome for Christchurch & Canterbury

TRENZ (Tourism Rendezvous New Zealand), having inaugurated its first conference event in 1985, has become the largest international showcase for the New Zealand travel industry. TRENZ typically attracts around 300 travel and tourism buyers from about 30 countries. Welcome Aboard Christchurch sales and marketing manager Blair Hartland has just returned from this year’s event feeling… Read More

Bungy Cords – A Slender Lifeline

Basket of Retired Bungy Cords

Ever wondered who makes those lifeline cords essential for bungy jumpers? I was lucky enough to visit a long attic storage room at Thrillseekers Adventures in Hanmer Springs as staffer Graham Nicholson was two hours into fabricating a new bungy cord. He said it would be finished in another four. Rain splashes against the windows…. Read More

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour Now Better Than Ever

Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Opens

Inspirational new Visitor Centre an interesting new Gardens Tour stop Welcome Aboard’s popular Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour has got even better. The reason? It now stops outside the stunning new Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre. Designed to appear like a large airy glasshouse, the Visitor Centre is certainly compatible with its garden surrounds. Design of the $16.4 million… Read More

Enter Flat Man and Phoenix

Flat Man & Phoenix At Gondola Summit

They arrive, one tall and one short. Both wear flowing cloaks and face masks. The Spiderman-like duo do not soar self-propelled to the heights of Mount Cavendish. They step aboard a Christchurch Gondola cabin and glide up the wire.  The taller one checks in as the mysterious Flat Man, and the small guy as five-year-old… Read More

Welcome Aboard China

China is set to become a significant source of visitors to Christchurch and New Zealand. I recall early Chinese visitors on the trams. Initially they lacked a little of the sophistication of the Japanese visitors we had become acquainted with. I was therefore impressed by the speed at which visitors from China became a new… Read More

Red Rock Café Lifting Its Game

Emma Cunningham has taken over management of the Christchurch Gondola’s popular Red Rock Café. I caught up with Emma on her third day on the job and found her upbeat about the café’s future. “I was here before. I am now back in the driver’s seat,” enthuses Emma. While confirming Red Rock Café has been… Read More

Great Deal for Christchurch Locals

Welcome Aboard’s Annual Pass for locals has got to be the greatest deal going for Christchurch says Tramway Operations Manager John Smith. Sales have been gathering momentum, particularly following the re-start of the city’s heritage trams. So what is the deal? Annual Pass cost: $55 for an individual adult and $119 for a family comprising two… Read More

Sharing a Special Moment

Among the pleasures of being a punter on the Avon is sharing in special anniversaries, says Adrian Ramsay. Last Saturday – the third anniversary of Christchurch’s destructive earthquake that took 185 lives – two people had pre-booked a punt ride from Antigua Boatsheds departing at 12:30 pm. They wished for their river experience to coincide… Read More

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