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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

Trams Boost Morale and Business – Says New Regent Street Ambassador

What a great time we are all having again in our beautiful New Regent street.  Over the weekend the Street was so very busy with many familiar faces of returning local visitors.  Tourists from everywhere and the bus depot travellers as well all contributed to a very successful weekend. Everyone just loved the Trams being back… Read More

Day One

Word had got out and they were eagerly waiting in Cathedral Junction to see the trams towed out ready to resume public services, the first since the devastating earthquake forced the tramway closure on February 22, 2011. November 21, 2013 turned out to be a significant day for our Christchurch Tramway.  The newly-restored Birney No… Read More

Red Letter Day For A Red Tram

Thursday November 14, 2013 Spanking No. 11 ventures into New Regent Street for the first time in almost three years – or 1000 days as our MD Michael Esposito says. The occasion is recording an item for that evening’s  TV-3 Campbell Live. Motorman Ken Henderson is already on first- name terms with camerman JB and … Read More

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