With the annual Nostalgia Festival about to kick off we’ve got some great ideas for old-fashioned fun at Christchurch’s best heritage activities:
Christchurch Tram – with heritage tramcars dating from 1903 to 1934 jumping on board a Christchurch Tram is truly a step back in time! Tickets are valid all day so make sure you hop on board different trams to see each one. The immaculately-restored trams are also super Instagram-friendly, especially when they are heading down picturesque New Regent Street.
Ferrymead Heritage Park – a family favourite and well worth a visit, Ferrymead Heritage Park is a replica of an Edwardian township with heritage buildings, exhibitions and vehicles on display. Many Christchurch residents will remember school trips at the park dressed in pinafores or knickerbockers and learning how life was back in the old days. We recommend a visit at the weekends to hop on board a tram or to jump on a steam train on the second Sunday of the month.
Punting on the Avon – there’s nothing more relaxing than an old-fashioned punt ride along the beautiful Avon River. Operating out of the historic Antigua Boat Sheds dating from 1882 and with punters dressed in Edwardian-style attire with straw boater hats, it’s a quintessential Christchurch activity. Top tips: remember to book a time in advance and make sure you check out the old photographs of the Boat Sheds displayed next door in the Boat Sheds Café.
Ice Cream Charlie – whether you know the cute pink-and-white caravan as Vanilla Ices or as Ice Cream Charlie it’s definitely a must-do on an any summer visit to central Christchurch. Opened in 1903 by Sali Mahomet as a cart in Cathedral Square, many generations have enjoyed a yummy ice cream while sitting in Victoria Square. Don’t miss a raspberry sundae – or grab a tub to take home!
Visiting the Christchurch Tram or Punting on the Avon for a slice of nostalgia? Share your photos using our hashtags #christchurchattractions and #MyIconicChch!