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Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand, is a treasure trove of fun and exciting activities. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover with your friends. Enjoy gondola cablecar rides or a punt ride on the Avon River in Christchurch for a great time with friends.

Fun Things to do in Christchurch #1: Soar High with the Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola 

One of the must-do activities in Christchurch is a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Ride the cablecar up Mt Cavendish for amazing views of the city, Canterbury Plains, and Southern Alps. The gondola ride is an adventure in itself, with each moment offering a new perspective of the beautiful landscape below.

At the top, you can discover the Christchurch Discovery Ride, which shows the history of the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. There are also a range of walking and hiking trails to explore. The Christchurch Gondola is a fun and educational activity with stunning views, perfect for friends to enjoy together.

Want It All – and Savings: Buy Your Gondola Combo Pass:

Combine a Christchurch Gondola ticket with a visit to the Christchurch Tram and/or Punting on the Avon for added savings and iconic experiences, enhancing your visit to the city.

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Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand, is a treasure trove of fun and exciting activities. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, there’s always something new to discover with your friends. Enjoy gondola rides and punting on the Avon River in Christchurch for a great time with friends.

Fun Things to do in Christchurch #1: Soar High with the Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola 

One of the must-do activities in Christchurch is a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Ride the cablecar up Mt Cavendish for amazing views of the city, Canterbury Plains, and Southern Alps. The gondola ride is an adventure in itself, with each moment offering a new perspective of the beautiful landscape below.

At the top, you can discover the Christchurch Discovery Ride, which shows the history of the Canterbury Plains and Christchurch. There are also a range of walking and hiking trails to explore. The Christchurch Gondola is a fun and educational activity with stunning views, perfect for friends to enjoy together.

Want It All – and Savings: Buy Your Gondola Combo Pass:

Combine a Christchurch Gondola ticket with a visit to the Christchurch Tram and/or Punting on the Avon for added savings and iconic experiences, enhancing your visit to the city.

SEE THE BEAUTY FROM ABOVE

See Christchurch from up above while riding the iconic Christchurch Gondola.

MOVE WITH A VIEW

View a full panorama of the city at the top of the port hills.

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Fun Things to do in Christchurch #2: Step Back in Time with the Christchurch Tram Tour

Christchurch Tram

The Christchurch Tram Tour offers a unique way to explore the city with friends. The vintage tramcars go past the city’s best places like Cathedral Junction, The Terrace & Riverside Market, and the Botanic Gardens. The all-day pass allows unlimited hopping on and off the trams at the various stops, making it a flexible and enjoyable way to explore with friends.

Want It All – and Savings: Buy Your Tram Combo Pass:

Combine a Christchurch Tram ticket with a visit to the Christchurch Gondola and/or Punting on the Avon for added savings and iconic experiences, enhancing your visit to the city.

Fun Things to do in Christchurch #2: Step Back in Time with the Christchurch Tram Tour

Christchurch Tram

The Christchurch Tram Tour offers a unique way to explore the city with friends. The vintage tramcars go past the city’s best places like Cathedral Junction, The Terrace & Riverside Market, and the Botanic Gardens. The all-day pass allows unlimited hopping on and off the trams at the various stops, making it a flexible and enjoyable way to explore with friends.

Want It All – and Savings: Buy Your Tram Combo Pass:

Combine a Christchurch Tram ticket with a visit to the Christchurch Gondola and/or Punting on the Avon for added savings and iconic experiences, enhancing your visit to the city.

TRAVEL IN STYLE

See the sights of Christchurch city via the Tram.

Travel in style

See the sights of Christchurch city via the Tram.

Fun Things to do in Christchurch #3: Explore Nature at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a haven for nature lovers. With a diverse range of plants and beautiful landscapes, it’s a great place for a leisurely stroll. The Botanic Gardens are best visited in spring (September to November) when the flowers are blooming. However, the gardens are beautiful all year round, with each season offering a unique display of flora.

You can also join a guided tour to learn more about the gardens’ plants and fauna. It’s a peaceful and educational activity that’s perfect for a group of friends.

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Fun Things to do in Christchurch #3: Explore Nature at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a haven for nature lovers. With a diverse range of plants and beautiful landscapes, it’s a great place for a leisurely stroll. The Botanic Gardens are best visited in spring (September to November) when the flowers are blooming. However, the gardens are beautiful all year round, with each season offering a unique display of flora.

You can also join a guided tour to learn more about the gardens’ plants and fauna. It’s a peaceful and educational activity that’s perfect for a group of friends.

Stop and smell the flowers

Take a ride on tour of the Botanic Gardens

Stop and smell the flowers

Take a ride on tour of the Botanic Gardens

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Fun Things to do in Christchurch #4: Experience Serenity with Punting on the Avon

Punting on the Avon

For a more relaxing activity, punting on the Avon River is a must. While floating on a flat boat down the river, you will come across the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the heart of the central city, along with other beautiful sights. It’s a tranquil and romantic experience that offers a different perspective of the city.

If you are wanting a peaceful moment away from the busy city, this is the activity for you. Surrounded by nature, drift along the tranquil waterway lined with beautiful weeping willows, lush gardens, and scenic bridges. 

Whether you are looking to learn about the history of the city, explore and have a peaceful time with your family or have a romantic experience with your loved one, punting down the Avon River is a unique way to be immersed in Christchurch’s natural surroundings.

Fun Things to do in Christchurch #4: Experience Serenity with Punting on the Avon

Punting on the Avon

For a more relaxing activity, punting on the Avon River is a must. While floating on a flat boat down the river, you will come across the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens or the heart of the central city, along with other beautiful sights. It’s a tranquil and romantic experience that offers a different perspective of the city.

If you are wanting a peaceful moment away from the busy city, this is the activity for you. Surrounded by nature, drift along the tranquil waterway lined with beautiful weeping willows, lush gardens, and scenic bridges. 

Whether you are looking to learn about the history of the city, explore and have a peaceful time with your family or have a romantic experience with your loved one, punting down the Avon River is a unique way to be immersed in Christchurch’s natural surroundings.

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Sightseeing with a touch of class

Relax and unwind while punting on the Avon River

Sightseeing with a touch of class

Relax and unwind while punting on the Avon River

Fun Things to do in Christchurch #5: Dine in Style at the Tramway Restaurant

Dine on board the Tramway Restaurant

Combine sightseeing with fine dining at the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant. As you travel through the city on a heritage tram, we will serve you a delicious dinner made with local produce. It’s a unique dining experience that combines the charm of vintage travel with the sophistication of modern fine-dining cuisine.

This luxury dining experience is perfect for a romantic evening, or great to experience with friends. If you are visiting Christchurch for a weekend getaway and are limited for time, this is a great option to see the city while spending time with your partner, friends or family. Bookings are essential and it is recommended to book in advance, as this is a very popular experience. 

The Tramway Restaurant menu includes a four-course meal with a focus on local produce, accompanied by a welcome drink and coffee or tea. The restaurant also caters to those who have dietary needs such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. The beverage list showcases local wine and beer, and a wine pairing option is available to complement your menu choices. 

Book your table today and experience the city and amazing food on your visit to Christchurch. 

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Fun Things to do in Christchurch #5: Dine in Style at the Tramway Restaurant

Dine on board the Tramway Restaurant

Combine sightseeing with fine dining at the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant. As you travel through the city on a heritage tram, we will serve you a delicious dinner made with local produce. It’s a unique dining experience that combines the charm of vintage travel with the sophistication of modern fine-dining cuisine.

This luxury dining experience is perfect for a romantic evening, or great to experience with friends. If you are visiting Christchurch for a weekend getaway and are limited for time, this is a great option to see the city while spending time with your partner, friends or family. Bookings are essential and it is recommended to book in advance, as this is a very popular experience. 

The Tramway Restaurant menu includes a four-course meal with a focus on local produce, accompanied by a welcome drink and coffee or tea. The restaurant also caters to those who have dietary needs such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. The beverage list showcases local wine and beer, and a wine pairing option is available to complement your menu choices. 

Book your table today and experience the city and amazing food on your visit to Christchurch. 

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Dine and see the centre of the city

A unique luxury dining experience on a heritage tram

Dine and see the centre of the city

A unique luxury dining experience on a heritage tram

More Fun Activities in Christchurch

While these are some of the top activities in Christchurch, the city has much more to offer. You can visit the Canterbury Museum’s pop-up site to learn about the region’s history. You can also bike in the Port Hills for an adventure experience. Additionally, you can explore local food at Riverside Market. No matter what you and your friends enjoy, you’re sure to find something fun to do in Christchurch.

Remember, these are just a few of the fun things you can do in Christchurch with friends. Many surprises are waiting to be discovered in the city. So gather your friends and start planning your Christchurch adventure today!

More Fun Activities in Christchurch

While these are some of the top activities in Christchurch, the city has much more to offer. You can visit the Canterbury Museum’s pop-up site to learn about the region’s history. You can also bike in the Port Hills for an adventure experience. Additionally, you can explore local food at Riverside Market. No matter what you and your friends enjoy, you’re sure to find something fun to do in Christchurch.

Remember, these are just a few of the fun things you can do in Christchurch with friends. Many surprises are waiting to be discovered in the city. So gather your friends and start planning your Christchurch adventure today!

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