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 $119 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 (as well as New Year’s Eve due to tram track closures), and will also be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays from March 2021 until September 2021.

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

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.


April 20, 2021
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

February 23, 2021
The tram itself is about 100 years old and has been adapted for modern dining experiences. The waiter was easy to talk to and had a great understanding of the meals. The food itself was good. I went with the pate, Venison and cheese for dessert. The matched wines made a great addition to the meal. Highly recommend

BrendenM65 - Wellington, New Zealand

February 8, 2020
What a fabulous way to dine, takes you to a bygone era of fine service and fine food. The waiters and chefs were all young guys who did an outstanding job. We had such fun, loads of laughter with fellow diners and the food was delicious. Highly recommended for special occasions


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