Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River Punting

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Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River Punting
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Explore the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on a narrated tour aboard an open-air electric shuttle that provides unobstructed views of the Gardens' variety of flowers and other plants. If you wish, you can see even more of Christchurch with optional upgrades that include the hop-on hop-off Christchurch Tram tour through downtown, a Punt cruise on the Avon River and a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Choose the combination that interests you most, and enjoy various perspectives on the city's renewal since devastating earthquakes struck in 2010 and 2011.
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In Brief

Location:
Canterbury, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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When you arrive at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, hop aboard an eco-friendly electric-powered caterpillar vehicle for your tour through the gardens, an oasis of exotic and indigenous plants located on a 52-acre (21-hectare) preserve in the heart of the city, between Hagley Park and the Avon River.

While you ride, listen to entertaining commentary from the onboard guide, and hear fun facts like which trees make the best bows and arrows. The full tour of the gardens takes about one hour, with frequent stops along the way. Disembark at any point to take a closer look at specific areas, such as tropical plants in glass conservatories, 250 different types of roses in two rose gardens, or herbs with culinary and medicinal value.

Reopened after the city's last earthquake, the revamped Visitor Centre houses a cafe, gift shop and interactive exhibit about the history of plants and gardening in New Zealand. Check out photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who visited for the center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in April 2014.

Upon booking, you will be able to choose the option to access to the elegantly restored Christchurch Tram, a heritage vehicle and hop-on hop-off tour that travels between 17 destinations in central Christchurch, including Cathedral Square, Avon River, Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum, Re:START Mall and New Regent Street. A knowledgeable driver provides commentary about the city’s history and landmarks during the ride. Hop on and off the tram at any of the 17 stops; your ticket is valid for the entire day and you can disembark as many times as you like. The entire circuit without hopping off takes about 50 minutes.

When booking, you have four tour options, which are detailed in the Itinerary below.

Tram stops:
• Cathedral Junction
• Cathedral Square
• Mill Island
• Re:START Mall
• Ballantynes
• The Crossing
• Manchester Street
• High Street
• City Punting
• Art Gallery
• Worcester Boulevard
• Museum and Botanic Gardens
• Hagley Park Corner
• Cramner Square
• Casino
• Victoria Square
• New Regent Street

Inclusions

  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour
  • Avon River punt ride (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Round-trip Christchurch Gondola ride (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Entry/Admission - Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Transport to/from the attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Itinerary

Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Tram:

Includes the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Tram. The heritage vehicle stops at 17 destinations in central Christchurch, including Cathedral Square, Avon River, Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum, Re:START Mall and New Regent Street. A knowledgeable driver provides commentary about the city’s history and landmarks during the ride. Your ticket is valid for the entire day and you can disembark as many times as you like. The entire circuit without hopping off takes about 50 minutes.

Botanic Gardens, Christchurch and Christchurch Gondola:

Includes the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, plus a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Located in Heathcote Valley, about 15 minutes by vehicle from central Christchurch, the gondola climbs Mt Cavendish in the Port Hills. The smooth ascent takes about 10 minutes and ends at Summit Station, 1,500 feet (500 meters) above sea level. Indoor and outdoor viewing decks provide panoramic views over the Southern Alps, Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) and the ocean. Additional facilities include a cafe with spectacular views and a gift shop. Don’t miss the Time Tunnel exhibit, a short, amusement-park-style ride with audiovisuals that describe the natural and human history of the region. Walking and biking trails are also accessible from the summit.

Botanic Gardens, Christchurch and Avon River Punting:

Includes the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, plus a relaxing 30-minute ride down the Avon River in a classic boat known as a punt. Designed for small rivers and shallow water, the flat-bottomed boat is operated by a punter who uses a long pole to propel you across the water. Take in trailing willows, leafy woodlands, the Botanic Gardens and other sights along the river while you snuggle up with your sweetie or hang out with friends on comfortable deep-cushioned seats. Umbrellas and blankets are provided.

Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola and Avon River Punting:

The most comprehensive option includes all four attractions for a well-rounded experience of Christchurch.

Departure Point

Canterbury Museum (Christchurch), Canterbury 8013, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Upgrade to the Gardens and Tram combo to include Punting and Gondola and receive included transport to and from the Gondola on-board the Gondola shuttle
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.4 out of 5 based on the last 5 recent reviews

We booked and experienced our package tour in February 2017. The tours are a great way to both see and learn lots about Christchurch through the guided information provided by the vendors. Economical too! One piece of advice -- allow yourself plenty of time to soak all this in! Due to overbooking ourselves, we had to 'speed' tour the gardens which are worth an extended walk or even a picnic lunch if you allow yourself the time! Unfortunately we did not get to do the Gondola as we needed to dash to the airport -- something to do the next time! This is a great package that you can purchase ahead of time and then book your day when you arrive with a phone call. There were some options to purchase in Christchurch but those were for more . Buy ahead of time, plan to make a full day if you wish to enjoy all of these in a single day!
• Submitted 22 Mar 2017
Connection with our cruise ship shuttle from Akaroa and the tram was smooth and convenient as was the Botanic Garden Caterpillar Train . . . A snack at a local pub/cafe garden and a spot of shopping at a wood craft marketplace nearby and it was time for the return trip to Akaroa. Easy independent way of seeing a great deal of Christchurch in a short space of time.
• Submitted 17 Mar 2017
Was great and Faye was an outstanding guide Would have like more time to get into all the nooks and crannies
• Submitted 05 Mar 2017
This was a great tour. It was almost too much to do in a day though. We went on a really great walking tour of Christchurch with a local guide the day before, so we didn't need the Hop-on Hop-off tram. The gondola was nothing exceptional. If I had to do it over again I would have only done the Botanic Gardens and the Avon River Punting. We didn't get to spend enough time in the gardens. The punting was relaxing and enjoyable but didn't take much time. All in all in was an enjoyable way to spend the day.
• Submitted 04 Mar 2017
Interesting tour and the gardens were beautiful!
• Submitted 15 Dec 2015

In Brief

Location:
Canterbury, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
9 hours
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city