Christchurch Grand Tour

Christchurch's Best Luxury City Tour

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6.5 hours

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9:30am to 4pm 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)

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

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Tram City Tour
Gardens Tour
Punting on The Avon
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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

October 1, 2019
I got Christchurch Grand Tour from Christchurch Attractions & it was completely worth it. It gave me a Gondola ride, Punting on the Avon tour, Botanical Gardens Tour & free ride on Tram for 24 hours. The Grand Tour was completely worth the cost & highly recommended if you are visiting Christchurch.

ParichayMehta - Mumbai, India

September 20, 2019
What a wonderful way to meet Christchurch. 1st time visitors, we had a great introduction to the city and history. We were collected by bus from our hotel by Tony, a friendly and knowledgeable local. 1st stop was punting on the Avon river, very relaxing and pretty. Onto an hour in a motorised train through the botanic gardens (so beautiful) then to the Gondola to the top of the mountain where we were able to purchase lunch and take in the views of the city. Tony gave us a very good look at the suburbs and also talked about the earthquake of 2011.We finished the tour with a hop on hop off tram ride through the city. Would recommend and thoroughly enjoyed.

Cheryl C

September 10, 2019
What a great tour we had on Monday with Tony. He is so knowledgeable about Christchurch past and present. He made it such a great day. All activities we did were excellent would def recommend. Great way to see Christchurch


August 17, 2019
The grand tour is very comprehensive. You get picked up at your city hotel and taken to your first activity which is a 30 minute punt ride along the picturesque Avon River. On cold mornings like we experienced they provide you with a blanket and a hot waterbottle to keep warm. A short drive to the Botanic gardens for a ride on a mororised caterpillar that takes you around the gardens. Next is a bus ride through the city to the gondola and a ride to the top of the mountain for lunch and great views. Next our driver Tony took us to the former Red Zone where some 7,500 homes used to be but have now all been removed as the area has been declared uninhabitable. Then you are dropped off back at the Cathedral Square and given a two day Christchurch Hop on Hop off tram pass. Great value, graet activities and certainly worth doing.

David S - Melbourne, Australia


  • a romantic Punt ride on the Avon River in a classic pleasure craft
  • panoramic views from the Christchurch Gondola
  • visit Mona Vale Homestead & Gardens
  • a tour of Christchurch’s famous Botanic Gardens
  • 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 Cathedral Junction or outside the YMCA 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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