Christchurch, South Island

No visit to Christchurch is complete without riding the gondola up the Port Hills to take in the spectacular 360 degree views.

Christchurch Gondola – a great day out for the family and the kids will really love riding the cable cars!

Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola

Christchurch Gondola

No visit to Christchurch is complete without riding the gondola up the Port Hills to take in the spectacular 360 degree views. From here you will see Lyttleton Harbour, the Southern Alps and the ocean and sky stretching out in the distance. This promises to be a great day out for the family and the kids will really love riding the cable cars!

The Port Hills are a collapsed crater rim of an extinct volcano which exploded six million years ago that shelters Lyttelton’s sparkling harbour. To the west, the Southern Alps seem close in the clear pure air and to the east, the ocean and the sky stretch as far as the eye can see.   

Once at the top you can experience the Time Tunnel ride which is a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch from an electric cart.  Here you will watch subterranean forces unleash molten magma to rip rocks apart and see life-size dioramas of the early voyagers, Polynesian and then European, making landfall after months of travel and danger in storms and tropical heat.  Imagine their relief and joy at the beauty of new shorelines rich with promise.  The Time Tunnel experience also honours local people who formed the region’s character.

To complete your time up the gondola there are outdoor viewing galleries for you to stop and take in further views along with many walking tracks to enjoy.  If you need a little refreshment whilst you visit the Red Rock Cafe will revive your spirits with plenty of snack and other food options.  Lastly don't forget to browse what is on offer in the gift shop before you hop back on the Gondola and enjoy the views again as you return to the base station.

Hours
10am - 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day)

Shuttle Bus Transfers
Operating all year round, a frequent shuttle bus provides return transport from the City centre to the Gondola Base Station. The bus departs from the outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue at 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
It returns to the city from the Gondola at 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. You can purchase your ticket on the bus.

Annual Pass

If you're a Christchurch or Canterbury local resident buy our Tram and Gondola Annual Pass and save!  Your Annual Pass will give you unlimited rides on the Christchurch Tram and Gondola for a year enabling you to make great use of these local attractions.  For further information on our Annual Pass click here.

Half-day itinerary

Take the Gondola Shuttle to the Christchurch Gondola and experience the views, Time Tunnel and Red Rock Café.   Return to the city so you can go Punting on the Avon, take a Botanic Gardens Tour or jump on and off the Christchurch Tram to explore the city centre.   In the space of just a few hours there is an activity and adventure to suit everyone!  Use our combos to book these options, saving you money and time!

Full-day itinerary

Experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. 

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and Christchurch Tram. It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price!

Two-day itinerary

On day one experience Christchurch with us! Board our luxury Grand Tour coach for an interactive and fun guided tour of Christchurch. Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation on request. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. 

Your tour also includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Gondola, Botanic Gardens Tour and Christchurch Tram. It’s the very best way to enjoy Christchurch at the best price! 

The next day take the Hanmer Connection shuttle bus to Hanmer Springs. Your 90 minute journey passes through beautiful scenery and you can be delivered to the Hanmer Springs Attractions river base or directly to the town centre. 

Take our free shuttle bus from your Hanmer Springs accommodation to the Hanmer Springs Attractions base at the river, only 15 minutes from the town centre. You'll find adventure and entertainment for everybody! Jet Boat the entire length of the spectacular Waiau River Gorge. Enjoy our relaxed Rafting trip or Canoe trip, both suitable for families.

Bungy jump from the 135 year old Ferry Bridge. Challenge the terrain, with river crossings, dust, dirt and excitement on a Quad Bike. Challenge a friend to Paintball or go Claybird Shooting with a real shotgun. Then return to the town on our free shuttle and bask in the famous hot pools at the end of your day!

Return to Christchurch on the Hanmer Connection or stay longer and do more….

 


 

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.