Christchurch Gondola Ride

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Christchurch Gondola Ride
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Celebrate the recovery of Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake, and take a trip aboard the Christchurch Gondola. The upgraded cable car takes you on a scenic journey to the Port Hills crater rim and Mt Cavendish summit, giving you fabulous views of Christchurch's dramatically changed cityscape. See Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour unfold as you rise to the revamped summit complex, on the crater rim of Christchurch's famous extinct volcano. To see even more of Christchurch, add a shuttle bus tour at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens or go Punting on the Avon River.
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In Brief

Location:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
2 hours
Operates:
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Highlights:
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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
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One of Christchurch’s most popular attractions is back in action! There are frequent shuttle bus services (not included) that will take you from the city center to the gondola base station, where you start your 10-minute scenic ride on the gondola to the top of Mt Cavendish.

Take in views over the city of Christchurch, damaged but recovering from the 2011 earthquake, and see all the way to the snowcapped Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. As you rise more than half a mile (almost a kilometer) to the crater summit, the suburbs of Christchurch recede below you and panoramic views take in Lyttelton Harbour ringed by the green Port Hills. From up here it’s easy to see how the harbor was formed by a collapsed volcanic crater.

At the summit, ride the Time Tunnel to see a video of Christchurch, its history, people and volatile geology. Enjoy a snack or meal at the newly opened Red Rock Cafe (not included), featuring a new pastry chef and menu, and browse the Shop at the Top retail experience.

Having seen Christchurch from above, see its famous trees and flowers up close by adding a tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Ride around the gardens on the electric Caterpillar shuttle, getting on and off whenever you like. Ask the knowledgeable garden staff questions about the historic gardens’ plants and landscaping as you visit the tropical greenhouse, stroll through the rose garden and hear the Peace Bell chime.

Or add a cruise on the Avon River and glide along in a punt (a flat bottomed boat). Relax as a skilled punter, traditionally dressed in straw hat and blazer, propels you past a romantic setting of boat sheds, trees and riverside paths. See ducks and ducklings float by, cruise past the lush Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and be prepared for all weather with blankets and umbrellas provided.

Inclusions

  • Caterpillar Botanic Garden tour (if option selected at time of booking)
  • 30-minute Avon River punt ride (if option selected at time of booking)
  • Entry/Admission - Christchurch Gondola

Exclusions

  • Transport to/from the attractions
  • Food and drinks

Departure Point

Christchurch Gondola, 10 Bridle Path Road, Christchurch 8022 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
  • Please Note: This product does not include the Gondola Restaurant. Please make Restaurant arrangements separately, prior to your departure date
  • 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 4.79 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Beautiful scenery as you make your way up the gondola. Once at the top, the outside viewing platforms give you the perfect opportunity to capture the beautiful views. The cafe has a great menu and food was delicious.
• Submitted 03 Oct 2019
Amazing trip!!
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
This was a very good day well recommend
• Submitted 08 Jul 2016
Worth doing - was great. Booked this directly through the Viator App and simply presented the voucher and away I went. Great scenery and the views are amazing. You also get the 'history' mine tour' which is free and worth doing also.
• Submitted 20 Jun 2016
Really enjoyed our gondola ride - gives a good sense of the 'lay of the land'. Operators happy to help. We were pleased we chose Christchurch for our weekend escape - great to support the city in this way.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
Loved this ride and rhe views from the top were amazing.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2016
Very good trip!
• Submitted 22 Jan 2016
Very good trip!
• Submitted 22 Jan 2016
Very good trip!
• Submitted 22 Jan 2016
Breathtaking views!
• Submitted 02 Apr 2015
Wonderful views. Nice facilities at the top
• Submitted 22 Sep 2013
Good fun for the family for a few hours. Great views in from the gondola and from the lookout at the top.
• Submitted 30 Apr 2013
Nothing in Christchurch is open on Christmas Day!! We arrived on a cruise ship, who also offered this as an excursion for 3x this cost. Since we were off and running we got the best times to ride all three. It is a good trip to see the city at all angles.
• Submitted 05 Jan 2011
What a magnificent views
• Submitted 09 Aug 2010
I was on a cruise and in Christchurch for one day only. The gondolatrampunt ticket was a brilliant way to see the best of Christchurch. Plan your day around the time of your booking for the punt which you must do that day. The tram drivers give a great commentary. I did the gondola ride last on my way back to the port of Lyttelton which is a gorgeous little village and also well worth a visit.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2010
Absolutely stunning views! This is the only way to take in the spectacular scenery! Slow, steady ascent and descent. I would have preferred a little more history from the Time Tunnel!
• Submitted 07 Jan 2010
A must do!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2010
Although a little scary, the Gondola ride was spectacular. Dinner in the restaurant was very good and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
My wife and I had the tram and gondola package and it was awesome. There is a lot to see in Christchurch. I strongly recommend the gondola ride up the hill, the views are 360 degrees - awesome. The tram is a unique way of seeing the city and the commentary is informative, the driver tells you all about the history of Christchurch as you go around the streets. This is a MUST DO thing when you are visiting Christchurch.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2008
Wonderful views going up in the gondola. Very smooth ride. Excellent views once up the top. Good cafe and souvenir shop. We decided to walk down, which was a lot steeper than we thought, but I found some muscles that had not been used for awhile! Photos of us getting in the gondola were expensive, we thought, so we did not buy them.
• Submitted 29 Jan 2018
Great way to see the city and surrounds with some lovely walking trails close by
• Submitted 07 May 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful view
• Submitted 26 Apr 2016
Nice. Nice views.
• Submitted 23 Feb 2016
There was a bit of confusion over the shuttle bus from central Christchurch which we had to pay for and we had to catch the normal bus back to town as the shuttle finished before the gondola. Great views from the top and very helpful staff
• Submitted 18 May 2015

In Brief

Location:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
2 hours
Operates:
See Availability
Highlights:
Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city