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Mr. Pete …

The undoubted success of the Christchurch heritage trams is found beyond their eye-catching exteriors. It is the people – the Motormen and Conductors and their often quirky characters. Take for example Mr. Pete, alias Peter Michie. He says he is a professional Tram Driver. “I am the only one with a title – Mr.” To… Read More

Thrills galore!

New Zealand, my Lonely Planet guide informs me, is the adventure capital of the world. Interestingly, second place goes to Switzerland, based on that country’s hectic adventure activities in Interlaken. Little wonder then that adventure tourism is a component of the Welcome Aboard attractions line up. Thrillseekers is the name of the event and it… Read More

Taking a punt…

One of the pleasures of my role at Welcome Aboard Christchurch is having time to chat with the staff. They are typically very interesting people. Take, for example, Wesley Golledge who manages Punting on the Avon. Wesley says he could talk about punting all day. And I could listen to him all day. He started… Read More

Horses and Trams…

Few sights are more pleasing than the Horse-drawn Tram plodding down Christchurch’s City Mall, adding cheer to the coming festive season. I particularly love the Clydesdales Lofty, Duchy and Jack. They are great subjects for my camera. The nineteenth-century Doubledecker Tram is on loan from the Tramway Historical Society (THS). THS members will be working… Read More

Café stop tops!

Last week on a beautiful summery Christchurch day, a friend and I decided to ride up on the Gondola for coffee.  Catching up at the Summit Café, while surrounded by 360 degree stunning views of Lyttelton Harbour, the city, mountains and the sweep of Pegasus Bay towards Kaikoura, was well worth the 20 minute cablecar… Read More

Cholmondeley Christmas gifts to brighten up the festive season

Cholmondeley is one of the worthy charities supported by the Christchurch Tramway. This week, until Friday, the decorated Christmas Tram is in Cathedral Square filling up with presents for the wide-eyed Cholmondeley three to 12-year olds. Every year hundreds of children stay at Cholmondeley, typically for short stays when families are experiencing difficulties. The Christmas Tram… Read More

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