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Christchurch Grand Tour

Christchurch's Best Luxury City Tour

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What you need to know

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DURATION

5 hours

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OPEN HOURS

10am to 3pm 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)

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MINIMUM AGE

There is no minimum age but for safety reasons children must be accompanied by a paying adult

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Christchurch Gondola
Christchurch Tram City Tour
Gardens Tour
Punting on The Avon
Complimentary accommodation pickup

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Highlights

Punting on the Avon

Refined, relaxing & romantic – punting on the beautiful Avon River is an iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed. The waters of the Avon ripple by as you sit back on deep cushioned seats in a classic punt while your Edwardian-dressed punter guides you quietly on a 30 minute ride past trailing willows, woodlands, leafy banks and the sights of the garden city of Christchurch.

Christchurch Gondola

The Christchurch Gondola whisks you into the air nearly a kilometre to the Crater Rim of the Port Hills.  Experience the Time Tunnel, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch. Revive your spirits with a snack at the Red Rock Cafe, and browse what is on offer at the Shop at the Top.

City Coach Tour

Your tour includes a commentated coach tour of Christchurch’s inner city by our driver-guide. See the major city sights including the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral, 185 empty chairs earthquake memorial, remains of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament plus the exciting new developments popping up in the inner city.

Botanic Gardens Tour

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens were established in 1863, and host without a doubt the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand. While on our shuttle discover the natural beauty, history and culture of this central city oasis while at the same time being taken around the gardens in any weather in comfort and style.

Christchurch Tram

We deliver you to one of our Christchurch Tram stops and present you with a ticket to explore the city centre on the Trams at your leisure. Here you will have as much time as you wish to ride the Trams to see the changing face of the city and listen to our drivers’ interesting and informative commentaries. You can also get on and off the Trams at any of our 17 stops to visit nearby attractions such as New Regent Street and the Transitional ‘Cardboard’ Cathedral.

Customer Reviews

September 14, 2018
Had a family wedding in Christchurch so went for a 4 day, mother and daughter trip. Without a lot of time we wanted to see as much as possible. This tour was fantastic! We really enjoyed each attraction especially the gondola ride and punting on the Avon. Our driver Tony was very knowledgeable and answered any questions with a smile. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to experience Christchurch and get to know a bit of the cities history.

D7067MCalexandras - Melbourne, Australia

August 31, 2018
Great day tour that lets you explore Christchurch in a variety of ways (gondola, tram, punting, buggy and coach). Our coach driver Reg was awesome, providing lots of great information on the region. Highly recommend if you have a day in Christchurch.

Monique R - Queenstown, New Zealand

August 3, 2018
If it's your first time in Christchurch and don't have any idea what to visit, this tour is highly-recommended. You won't regret the money.

simply_forthright - Quezon City, Philippines

August 2, 2018
Spend approximately 6 hours covering the city....starting with a lazy and totally delightful 30 minutes punting on the Avon, complete with hot-water bottle and blanket during winter months. The 45-minute exploration of the Botanic Gardens on an electric shuttle with knowledgeable driver is a treat - these Gardens are simply outstanding. Then its on to the Gondola, for sweeping 360-degree views of the entire region from coast to the Southern Alps. A drive back thru the city with the entertaining driver, gives a great overview to get your bearings, and finally you're handed a tram ticket good for the remainder of the day and the next. Not only was this tour exceptional, but getting a discount of $30 NZD off the published price, by purchasing it in August, well that was simply the icing on the cake! Don't miss this tour - its totally got you covered.

TravelingWoman001 - Henderson, Nevada

Highlights

  • a romantic Punt ride on the Avon River in a classic pleasure craft
  • a tour of Christchurch’s famous Botanic Gardens
  • panoramic views from the Christchurch Gondola
  • a ticket to see the central city from the Heritage Tram

We are happy to welcome all ages and abilities on our Grand Tour. Please note that children are classed as being from 5 – 15 years of age with infants under 5 years.

If one of your party requires special assistance just let us know in advance.

For guests meeting the tour at the Canterbury Museum and needing a car park, there are plenty of all-day parks nearby. We recommend the Christchurch City Council’s website for information on car park locations and pricing.

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