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Summer selfie time at our iconic attractions!

We decided that summer was the perfect time to hold a photo competition at our Welcome Aboard attractions – and with much mention of selfies lately, we couldn’t think of a better type of photo! Our Summer Selfie Competition began in mid-January and ran through until the end of February. Our Welcome Aboard office staff… Read More

Christchurch Trams on Track Along our New Extension!

Christchurch Tram #15

After many years of planning, our Christchurch Tram track extension was officially opened last week on 12 February. Our staff (especially our drivers) were all looking very gleeful, as the opening had been a very long time coming after it was originally planned for 2011! The Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, stopped by… Read More

Christchurch Tram City Loop Re-opening Delights Cantabrian

Christchurch Tram - Things to do in Christchurch

The full Christchurch Tram city loop re-opened on Tuesday November 11. The beginning of Canterbury’s famed Cup and Show week, it was indeed a delight to watch the historic trams continue beyond the end of Worcester Boulevard, turning right into Rolleston Avenue and passing Canterbury Museum. Trams then turned into Armagh Street, passing Cranmer Square and crossing… Read More

Christchurch Tramway Wins Heritage Tourism Award

Christchurch Tramway nailed a prized Heritage Tourism Award, announced at the Vero Canterbury Heritage Awards ceremony held in the brilliantly-rebuilt Knox Presbyterian Church last week. The Tramway had previously entered in the Heritage Tourism Award prior to the earthquakes, only to be beaten by the DC3-Pionair entry. On that occasion they had to accept second… Read More

Welcome Aboard Embraces Heritage Week

Historic Christchurch Tram at New Regent Street

Christchurch Heritage Week 2014 (17 – 27 October) is an opportunity to connect with our past, appreciate the present, and ponder the future. Welcome Aboard’s attractions are ideally relevant to celebrating Christchurch’s heritage. Our historic city trams and Botanic Gardens tour will be to the fore on Sunday 19 October, dubbed ‘A day of family… 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

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