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


More than 600 reviews on TripAdvisor

The Meal

Our $119 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.

Tram 411 will be undergoing further restoration during winter 2020 in preparation for the 2020-21 summer season and will be back looking better than ever.


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, however validity will be extended for purchases made between April and October to take into account our closure during winter 2020 for restoration of the tramcar.

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

February 18, 2020
From start to finish our experience on the Tramcar Restaurant was fabulous. Service was excellent and every course that was presented to us was ten out of ten for flavour as well as presentation. The wine pairing is worth having as they were matched perfectly. Overall a most fabulous experience and we have been on many a tramcar restaurant in Melbourne and this one beats that by far. Thank you to all staff who waited on us last night for my birthday trip!

Jane H - Melbourne, Australia

February 18, 2020
This is very much worth the experience and the food. Although we were on the earlier 5:00pm sitting which is slightly shorter than the later service. Excellent quality of food and service, did not let us down in any way.

alexkO7401SY - Hamilton, United Kingdom

February 18, 2020
This was a lovely evening & great fun if you have not dined on the Tram previously. It lasted well over two hours, there is no rush at all. There was plenty of time to view the rebuilding of many parts of the city, both in daylight & night time. The food was very nice indeed, a good selection plus wine, all served from a mini galley in the centre of the Tram. A super Crew who looked after us both so very well, a really nice touch at the end, was the card they gave us for our Anniversary. This is a super way to dine & view the city all at once, second time for us both & we would look to do it again when we can. Many thanks to, Pete, Iran, Jazz & Tea.

Kaikohe - Kerikeri

February 11, 2020
Enjoyed the scenery and the food was superb. Seating was by tables of 2 or 4. We splurged and got the wine package; so glad we did. Fun way to see the city.

531beckyd - Carthage, Illinois

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