The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant

Exclusive Christchurch Restaurant Tour


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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


More than 600 reviews on TripAdvisor

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 Babydoll Pinot Gris Sparkling Blush by Yealands Family Wines 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. Any vouchers or gift cards purchased between December 2019 and August 2020 will have extended validity to take into account our closure during winter 2020.

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

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

December 2, 2019
My wife and I ate here on our last night in New Zealand. The staff was courteous and attentive and the food was amazing. We went for the wine pairing option and it was perfect. I will say that if you are a larger person like me, be aware that the seats do not move. I was wedged into my seat pretty tightly. But that did not distract me overly much from a lovely last evening in New Zealand

baldheretic - Houston, Texas

November 28, 2019
We had pre booked our meal prior to our arrival in Christchurch. On arrival at our hotel we were delighted to discover that the Tram departed from right beside our hotel. On arrival at the tram we were warmly greeted by a lovely young lady who's name escapes me (sorry) and a young man named Flynn. They took our coats and stored them until our return. We were shown to our table and given a nice glass of fizz to start the evening. There was a nice choice on the menu and our choices were delicious. We opted for the wine pairing which was very good. Flynn explained each wine to us before pouring. We finished with a very nice port. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Anne T - Cork, Cork, Ireland

November 21, 2019
We were gifted this experience as an engagement present. We visited the Tram Restaurant on the 2nd November and absolutely could not recommend enough. Was a pleasant evening with great service and beautiful food. This is something I have always wanted to try and it did not disappoint. Absolutely brilliant.

100kaylaw - Ashburton, New Zealand

November 14, 2019
We throughly enjoyed our restaurant tram evening. Staff was very professional and friendly and the food was delicious. The tram ride around the city was fantastic as so many people waved and took pictures. A must do for Christchurch

Robert S - Coquitlam, Canada

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