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Christchurch Gondola – A Unique Venue For Your Functions

Christchurch Gondola - A Unique Wedding Venue

As one of the top attractions for visitors to Christchurch, the Gondola is extremely popular with tourists and locals alike. However there’s more to the Gondola than meets the eye. Our mountain-top function rooms provide a unique venue for a range of events, including wedding receptions, conferences, business events, gala dinners, and parties. Offering spectacular scenic views across Christchurch… Read More

Welcome Aboard’s fun school holiday activities!

School holidays are always a busy time for kids and parents! If you’re looking for some fun things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury these winter school holidays that won’t break your budget, join us at Welcome Aboard where we have some great things planned. Our annual Kids Go Free offer at the Christchurch Gondola… Read More

Eye towards the future

We can look forward to tourism looking up in Christchurch as the CBD cordon shrinks and plans for rebuilt facilities fire ahead. Great to hear our Press newspaper is relocating to its new building in Gloucester Street.  It was almost ready to occupy when the February 2011 quake hit, munting the long-standing Press edifice, the… Read More

Back on Track?

Monday’s The Press gave most of the front page to ‘Trams back on track by Christmas?’ along with two photographs.  Great news indeed.  The timeframe is dependent on the deconstruction of buildings close to the City Loop tram track.  The story also refers to a video made by the newspaper shortly before the February 22,… 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

Changing Times ….

As with most Cantabrians, the Welcome Aboard team is displaying remarkable resilience amidst adversity.  Key attractions – the Heritage Trams, Port Hills Gondola, and Punting on the Avon all took a hit. Of these, only Punting on the Avon has resumed.  But the Gondola is scheduled to re-open by the end of the year and Trams… Read More

Age is just a number

An earlier blog talked about the retirement of Trevor Craib. Despite being the oldest of 20 Christchurch tram drivers, his departure did not alter the average age of the team. It remained at 63. Now, the youngest tram driver, Julia Wareham, has left in the last few weeks to take up employment with a construction… Read More

150 Reasons…

I was pleased to see The Press running a daily snippet 150 Reasons to Love Canterbury. The timing is appropriate after a shaky few months. I was also pleased, delighted even, to see our Trams in their second slot. Reporter Ewan Sargent called the Trams “photogenic beauties”  and wondered if all the photographs taken of… 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