Christchurch Attractions is a locally-owned and operated business offering iconic experiences in the city, including the Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola, Punting on the Avon, the Botanic Gardens Tour and the Tramway Restaurant, and is committed to operating in a sustainable way in all aspects of our business.
Learn more about our sustainability journey as we strive to lessen our impact upon our environment.
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Punting on the Avon
Our actions include the attractions being either electric-powered (the Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and the Tramway Restaurant) or people-powered (Punting on the Avon) to reduce their environmental impact.
Additional actions include:
Using an electricity provider offering 100% renewable energy
Implementing recycling programmes at all attractions and encouraging guests to participate in recycling
Offering only digital photos to reduce waste
Offering flexible shifts and hours where possible
Offering ongoing training and development opportunities for our staff to support their development
Incorporating our local culture and stories into our Christchurch Tram, Punting on the Avon and Botanic Gardens Tour commentaries and in our Christchurch Gondola’s Christchurch Discovery Ride storytelling
Reusing materials in our Christchurch Tram shed, including carpet and rags
Caring For The Environment
Our environmental engagement includes:
Ongoing native tree planting at the Christchurch Gondola in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award and the Te Tapuwae o Rakau Trust with over 100 trees planted so far and more plantings planned for the future
Regular river cleaning on a monthly basis at Punting on the Avon
Educating guests at Punting on the Avon about what not to feed the native wildlife
Supporting Our Community
Our community engagement includes:
Supporting local events and fundraisers in the community with donations of tickets and reduced pricing
Supporting local charities with donations of tickets for their clients
An annual Christmas Appeal collecting food for the Christchurch City Mission foodbank in exchange for complimentary Christchurch Tram tickets
An annual winter appeal collecting blankets for The Salvation Army in exchange for complimentary Christchurch Tram tickets
Supporting the Heritage Tramways Trust as the maintenance supplier for our Christchurch Tram cars and Punting on the Avon punts
Supporting and engaging in local events including Bread & Circus, Christmas carols on the Christchurch Tram & Punting on the Avon in conjunction with The Salvation Army, PRIDE in conjunction with The Christchurch Foundation and major events in conjunction with ChristchurchNZ
We’re committed to the Tiaki Promise: caring for our people, place and culture for now and for future generations. We invite our guests to do the same.
All of our Christchurch Attractions activities hold Qualmark Gold Sustainable Business Accreditation from Tourism New Zealand’s Qualmark.
Qualmark Gold businesses are identified as delivering exceptional customer experiences and help lead the way in making the New Zealand tourism industry a world-class, sustainable visitor destination. Qualmark’s Sustainable Tourism Business (STB) Criteria are recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) for being equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.