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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

May 2, 2019
This was a great value and combination package tour in the city. It was wonderful: the gondola ride was superb, punting on the water and the botanic garden tour was supreme. We are so glad you took the tour.

gayleo153 - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

March 31, 2018
By booking the grand tour we were picked up right at our hotel and moved to a larger bus. First we experienced a peaceful half hour ride on punts on the Avon River . Took us back to the turn of the 20th century. The river parallels the botanical garden for part of the way so the trip is very pleasant. After that we rode on a tram through the Botanic garden with time for a walk then off to the gondola for a ride up to see Christchurch from the peak. Lunch was available on top and back on bottom we had the opportunity to use the hop-on-hop-off tram for that day and the next. Definitely worth the money. We used the HOHO to travel around and see many other sites, including the Quake museum.

PhotoSandy - Beaufort, South Carolina

March 31, 2018
Best way to get a taste of Christchurch. No hazzles. No queuing. Great guides that makes your trip enjoyable with local knowledge and a down to earth style.And the tram tickets at the end was valid for 2 days. Would highly recommend!

Sverre P - Hamilton, New Zealand

March 30, 2018
This was a fun day with a variety of informative, entertaining activities. You travel across several areas of the city in a comfortable bus, and learn about old and 'new' Christchurch. If you do the tram on the same day -- you can do it later, if you'd like -- the total trip is about 6 hours. Our guide was excellent -- friendly, knowledgeable, patient, and adaptable. (I wish I'd written his name down so I could remember it several weeks later to give him a shout-out, because he was amazing!) One note that lunch is on your own during your time at the top of the Christchurch Gondola. I would definitely recommend this tour!

JohnsonIV - Oxon Hill, Maryland

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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