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 March - October and 7:30pm November - February (excepting public holidays).

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Not recommended for children under 10 years of age, but a minimum age of 6 years applies. 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 $125 menu package includes a welcome drink, starter, entree, main, dessert and tea or coffee. Our fine dining-style 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 underwent further restoration during 2020 and is now 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.

Tramway Restaurant Hours

The Christchurch Tramway Restaurant Dinner Tour departs 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 currently operating Wednesday – Sunday (closed Mondays and Tuesdays).

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, and children aged 5 years and under may not dine on board for safety reasons. Our standard menu and pricing applies for all children aged 6 years and over who are booked on board.

Customer reviews

July 28, 2021
What an awesome experience this was. The food and wine was absolutely faultless as was the friendly and polite service. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone contemplating it. Thankyou for a very pleasant evening

Kerryn - Te Awamutu, New Zealand

June 10, 2021
Christchurch Tramway Restaurant will take you on a tour of Christchurch's inner suburbs while you dine. The air-conditioned vintage tram is New Zealand's only tramway's restaurant. It's colonial style interior houses a restaurant and full bar. The trip takes around two-and-a- half hours. The three-course winter menu features local produce and matching wines, and a welcoming drink.. For winter, main courses are a choice between roast free range pork, rack of lamb and market fish. Vegetarian options are available; the tramways restaurant is vegan friendly. Full table service is provided. The trip on this 36 seat dining tram is a wonderful experience, not to be missed if you are in Christchurch.

Jeffry B - Essendon, Australia

May 13, 2021
My husband surprised me with this wonderful meal and city tour on the Tram Restaurant. The staff are welcoming and friendly, the foods delicious and the Trams been lovingly restored. The whole experience was very enjoyable, thank you.

Angela R - Diamond Harbour, New Zealand

April 21, 2020
If you are looking for a special dinner when visiting Christchurch this is a must. 2.5hrs on the tram enjoying an amazing 4 course meal. Do the wine match its so worth it. Staff and service excellent

Mike B - Havelock North, New Zealand

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