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Christchurch’s Best Activities in One Ticket!

Welcome Aboard has nailed the ultimate product for visitors to Christchurch. Our new Christchurch Pass is being launched for the approaching summer season, and solves the ‘what shall we do?’ dilemma for visitors by combining the four most sought-after Christchurch attractions in one ticket: Christchurch Tram – a one day ticket to travel on Christchurch’s heritage… Read More

Worthy Anniversary

Friday June 8 was the 25th anniversary of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy introduced in 1987 by David Lange’s Government.  Local peace devotees met at the World Peace Bell in the Botanic Gardens.  I failed to make it because, on the way, I crashed by bicycle on a devious slice of frozen snow, giving my head… Read More

Glorious winter river experience

This week I discovered a special thing to do in Christchurch.  Just a few days ago Welcome Aboard’s punting chief, Jamie, was telling me how magnificent his stretch of river is after snow.  Guess what?  I have my opportunity, joining punter Kevin and two university students, calling themselves Sharon and Whiny, from Hong Kong.  Jamie… Read More

Botanic Gardens Happenings

Sitting snug in a loop of the Avon and surrounded on all sides by green space – mostly Hagley Park – our delightful Christchurch Botanic Gardens have been a key visitor attraction for almost 150 years.  The garden’s origins were in 1863 when Enoch Barker, Canterbury’s first government gardener, planted an oak tree in the… Read More

Caterpillar Garden Tours Join Welcome Aboard

Caterpillar Garden Tours is now included in the Welcome Aboard Christchurch repertoire.  Remember the former Toast Rack that toured the Christchurch Botanic Gardens?  It broke some years ago and went into recess.  Welcome Aboard, about three years ago, suggested it be reinstated but when authorities acted on the idea, the operation of the new Caterpillar… Read More

Not All Caterpillars Eat Cabbages

Tourism has taken a sizable hit in Christchurch.  Perhaps the understatement of the year?  Don’t laugh.  The reality is not all in Christchurch has been munted (to borrow Mayor Bob Parker’s catchy expression).  We still have much to offer our visitors – and ourselves.  This week I called at the temporary Christchurch I-Site just inside… Read More

Thumbs up for Grand Tour

Saturday was the ideal day to reacquaint with our half-day Grand Tour.  It was a stunning day with a hint of autumn in the air and patches of autumn colour already scattered amongst trees bordering the Avon.  Six passengers included a middle-aged couple from London (retired teachers and presently tour operators) Another middle aged couple… Read More

So much of cherished Christchurch exists for visitors

In an effort to kick start a return of tourist attractions in Christchurch, Welcome Aboard this week invited people from the accommodation industry and i-site visitor centre for a famil on the Grand Tour that was re-instated on December 1.  The half-day tour was enjoyed by all and it is hoped they will recommend the… Read More

Grand Tour’s Trial Run

This week I joined three very keen Welcome Aboard Grand Tour drivers, Ian, Ray and David on a trial run of the re-instated tour route starting on December 1. Much of the half-day tour is the original and very popular pre-earthquake event with the exception of the ride up the Port Hills Gondola cableway (hopefully… Read More