The Christchurch Gondola officially opened on 24th November 1992
On average, the ride takes about 10 minutes although top speed allows us to make the ride time 4 minutes 30 seconds
The cableway system is a Doppel Mayr 4-MG-D-185 detachable and was made in Austria. The cabins are from A: CWA construction and are made in Switzerland
The horizontal length is 862 metres
We have 19 cabins that seat 4 people each
Mt Cavendish is 445 Metres high
It is difficult for some guests to embark and disembark while the cableway is running so we stop the cableway to allow them on board
Approx. 45 to 50 mins for one loop.
Approximately every 10 minutes in summer and every 15 minutes in winter.
No, we ask that no food is to be consumed on board our Trams, a drink with a secure lid is ok.
Children under the age of 15 are free with any paying adult.
With any paying adult up to three school aged children and two preeschoolers.
Tram tickets last one dated day and are non transferable.
Our Standard shared ride is 30 minutes; our Private ride is 45 minutes
The ride will start at either the Antigua Boatsheds, Worcester Street Bridge, or Mona Vale Homestead depending on which tour option you purchase. The ride will also finish at the same location. There are no options to disembark from the ride any earlier due to health and safety reasons.
Bookings are highly recommended. As spaces are limited booking a departure time with us is the only way to ensure that you will be able to get on a ride at the time that best suits you. Sometimes the wait time can be several hours or we may be fully booked with no further availability until the following day. For Private 45-minute tours bookings are essential.
You are welcome to bring food and drink on the ride with you but please be aware of others who are also on the tour with you. Picnic food is welcome but hot and strong-smelling food can be a nuisance to other passengers. Also, please be aware that, with the exception of the Mona Vale departure, the river is located in a liquor ban zone through the central city and is policed by authorities as such.
Our $109 menu package includes a welcome drink, starter, entree, main, dessert and tea or coffee.
Our 7:00pm and 7:30pm dinner services take approximately 2.5 hours.
Yes, there is a small airplane-style restroom located on board the tram. We also make a stop in Cathedral Junction after the main course has been cleared for guests to use the larger restroom facilities available there.
Our menus typically include vegetarian and gluten free options along with some dairy free options, but we can cater for other dietary requirements if these are notified at least 3 days in advance. Please note that our chefs may request that guests pre-order their meals if they have several requirements or allergies that need to be catered for.
Unfortunately we are unable to pick guests up, but we can drop guests off at our stops along Worcester and Armagh Streets on request at the end of service. Please enquire with the maitre d' if you would like to be dropped off after dinner.
There is plenty of on-street and off-street parking near our Cathedral Junction departure point: we recommend the Christchurch City Council and Wilson Parking websites for further details regarding park locations and pricing.
Please note that nearby car parks can be busy when events are taking place (such as shows at the Isaac Theatre Royal) so we recommend allowing plenty of time to find a park before your Tramway Restaurant check in time.
Our menu package includes one welcome drink and tea or coffee in addition to a four-course meal. Additional drinks can be purchased on board the Tramway Restaurant from our beverage list - we offer a selection of quality New Zealand wine and local beer, along with spirits and soft drinks. We also offer a wine match option for an additional charge.