Kids Go Free in July

The school holidays are here and we have some great deals for entertaining the kids. Kids travel for FREE on the Gondola and Tramway, whilst we have a discounted family rate for the jet boat in Hanmer.   Gondola Rides Valid from Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July 2017 the Gondola is offering up to three… 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

Support for Christchurch

A tramway colleague told me his visitors from Britain had been advised to give Christchurch a miss, with there being nothing to do in the earthquake-wrecked city. Sadly, the story is not an isolated tale. Too many international tourist booking agencies still believe Christchurch is a disaster zone. This is despite prestigious Lonely Planet guide… Read More

At Last Christchurch is Buzzing

After all the earthquake woes Christchurch is buzzing. Our city was chosen by Lonely Planet as a city to visit in 2013. This year the New York Times has come to the party, choosing us as their number two spot for cities to visit during 2014. Resilience, clever reuse of rubble space, greening and new… Read More

Thoughts From Week One

The death of Nelson Mandela is a great loss to humanity. He sought no revenge for his many years of unjust imprisonment after merely making a stand for what he believed. As president of South Africa he worked to unite a country divided by race and economics. We can be assured his passing after a… Read More

Tramway Opens

November 27, 2013 It was a great day for Christchurch with the official opening of the Christchurch Tramway this morning. A delightful event was held in Cathedral Junction in which Mayor Lianne Dalziel cut the yellow ribbon. The Wizard of New Zealand cast, hopefully, kindly spells and set off some fireworks. Then the trams were… Read More

I Was Thinking…

  … if  I was a visitor to Christchurch what would I want to do? My wish list quickly assembles: • Hear about the effects of the earthquakes. • Visit the Botanic Gardens one hears so much about. The venue attracts 1,000,000 visitors annually. • Have some sort of boating experience on the river. • View Christchurch,… Read More

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