The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

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What you need to know

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Approximately 2.5 hours

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Departs from Tram Stop 1 in Cathedral Junction at 7:00pm daily March - October and 7:30pm daily November - February (excepting public holidays).

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Not recommended for children under 10 years of age. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult

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Welcome drink
Four-course meal
Tea or coffee
Tram ride

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The Meal

Our $109 menu package includes a welcome drink, starter, entree, main, dessert and tea or coffee. Our menu changes seasonally and features quality New Zealand produce and includes gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.


We offer a welcome drink of Peter Yealands Sparkling Pinot Gris Blush on board the Tramway Restaurant. Additional drinks can be purchased from our beverage list: we offer a selection of New Zealand wines and local beers as well as spirits and soft drinks. A wine matching package to complement your menu choices is also available.

The Tram

Tram 411 was built in Melbourne, Australia in 1927 and ran until 1982. The tram was then refurbished and shipped to Christchurch in 1999 and began operating as the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant in 2000.


Our friendly team are committed to offering fantastic service and are happy to answer your questions about our menu, beverage options or the sights outside the tram. Our dinner service operates for approximately 2.5 hours and begins and ends at Cathedral Junction.

Gift Cards

Tramway Restaurant gift cards are a great idea for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas gifts or other special occasions. Printed gift vouchers are available to purchase at our Tram Shop in Cathedral Junction, and e-gift cards are available to purchase through our website.

Please note vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date of issue

Tramway Restaurant Hours

The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant Dinner Tour departs daily from Tram Stop number 1, Cathedral Junction at 7.00 pm March – October and at 7:30pm November – February. A 5:00pm departure is available for groups on selected dates from November to February. Report time is 10 minutes prior to departure.

The Tramway Restaurant is closed on public holidays, and is also closed on New Year’s Eve due to tram track closures.

Tramway Dinner Tour Bookings

This is a very popular dinner tour so reservations are essential.

Call us on 03 366 7830 or book online now for our 2-seat and 4-seat tables. For bookings or enquiries, please email For group bookings, please email

Please ensure you advise us of any special dietary requirements at least 72 hours in advance: you can add a comment to your booking when making a reservation online, or you can speak to our staff when booking over the phone.

The average pitch of our seats is 33 centimetres from the back of the seat to the edge of the table. Please note that our tables and chairs are fixed in place due to being on a moving vehicle.

Please note that the Tramway Restaurant is not suitable for children aged under 10 years. Our standard menu and pricing applies for all children booked on board.

Customer reviews

July 16, 2018
The dinning tram was a fabulous evening of fun and adventure! The staff are helpful and outgoing! It’s a great way to see the inner city and have a relaxing wine! The food is amazing and the wine match is so good! Thanks Team we will be coming back!

Colin M Hamilton, New Zealand

June 25, 2018
I love this tram dinning, it's a great way to see Christchurch whilst dining on fabulous food. The staff are excellent and very polite and the added bonus is their local knowledge of Christchurch is fantastic. A magnificent experience that we will do again.

TriggerRosie Christchurch, New Zealand

June 25, 2018
The tram was clean and on time. Entrés on tables waiting, with a glass of bubbly. We had chosen the wine match option, the matches were perfect. All New Zealand wines of course. The staff were helpful and the motor man gave a few city highlights.

117trevor53 Auckland Central, New Zealand

June 25, 2018
Having missed out on the Melbourne tramcar restaurant a few years ago we were pleased to learn that there was a similar one in Christchurch. Booked it before heading across the ditch via their website which was easy to navigate and it coincided with our wedding anniversary. Greeted by our maître de Lynne prior to boarding we chatted to Barry our driver for the night, he imparted many facts about the history of the tram and I was able to pass on some Sydney tram facts back to him as well. The dinner was delicious and presented beautifully thanks to Christian and Murray. We trundled around Christchurch throughout the evening gazing upon the still fenced off areas of the city damaged by the earthquake. All of the patrons who were dining for a specific occasion were given a small gift which was much appreciated by all. The experience was fantastic and as seating in the tram is minimal you are not crowded in like a normal restaurant, we highly recommend the tramcar restaurant to anyone visiting Christchurch.

Gary H Branxton, Australia

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