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Christchurch: Vintage Tram, Punt and Gondola Ride Combo

1. Christchurch: Vintage Tram, Punt and Gondola Ride Combo

Experience Christchurch from different perspectives with a combined city tour by vintage tram, punt along the River Avon and cable car ride aboard the Christchurch Gondola. Climb aboard a classic, flat-bottomed boat for a delightful punt along the River Avon. Venture through the city center propelled by a boatman dressed in Edwardian costume. Set off from Worcester Street Bridge and listen to the live commentary about how the city was rebuilt after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and remains fast-growing. See the beautiful alpine scenery surrounding Christchurch and its suburbs on board the Christchurch Gondola cable car. Explore the history of the region in the unique Time Tunnel experience, and pause for refreshments at the Red Rock Café. Marvel at the Southern Alps and Kaikoura Mountains, and get 360-degree views of the plains, mountains, city and harbor from the glass-enclosed cabin. Once at the summit, purchase souvenirs in the "Shop at the Top" or go for a hike on one of the many walking trails, such as the trek to Crater Rim, formed by the volcanic activity that created Port Hills. Journey by vintage tram and see the “Garden City” at your own pace with a full-day hop-on and hop-off ticket. Explore the regenerated city center to see innovative architecture, such as a shopping complex made out of shipping containers. Listen to a fascinating commentary from your driver as you take a full circuit in just 50 minutes, or jump on and off at leisure at 17 strategic stops. Discover the vast urban space of Hagley Park, explore the boutique stores of New Regent Street and much more!

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Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

2. Christchurch Gondola and Punt on the Avon River

See Christchurch from different perspectives with a combined punt along the Avon River aboard a classic flat-bottomed boat, and a ticket for the Christchurch Gondola cable car.  Travel with a guide dressed in Edwardian costume, who will provide a live commentary as they punt you along the river. Depart from the Worcester Street Bridge landing site and discover how the city is fast-growing and rebuilding after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Blankets are provided on cold days, so don't let the weather put you off. Take a ride on the Christchurch Gondola cable car, and see the beautiful Alpine scenery surrounding Christchurch city center and its suburbs. Explore the history of the region in the unique Time Tunnel experience, and pause for reflection at the Red Rock Café. Marvel at the Southern Alps to the west, and the Kaikoura Mountains to the north. To the south lie the beautiful harbor of Christchurch, and to the east is the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy 360-degree views of the plains, mountains, city and harbor from the glass-enclosed cabin. Purchase souvenirs in the "Shop at the Top" once you reach the summit, or go to the Red Rock Café for some refreshments. If you are feeling more energetic, take one of the many walking trails, such as the hike to Crater Rim, formed by the volcanic activity that created Port Hills. Travel back in time at the unique Time Tunnel experience, and learn about the development of the region.

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Christchurch Tram City Tour & Punting Combo

3. Christchurch Tram City Tour & Punting Combo

Climb aboard a classic flat-bottomed boat for a delightful punt along the River Avon in Christchurch. Choose from two departure points - the Antigua Boat Sheds or Worcester Street Bridge - for a punt through the park or city center. A punter dressed in Edwardian costume will guide you down the river, providing a live commentary along the way. From the Worcester Street Bridge landing site, discover how the city is fast-growing and how it rebuilt itself after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Take off from the Antigua Boat Sheds to journey through Hagley Park. Punt alongside the Botanic Gardens, and admire some of the native flora of New Zealand. Blankets and hot water bottles are provided on cold days, so don't let the weather put you off! Climb aboard a vintage tram for a unique tour of Christchurch, and see the “Garden City” at your own pace with a full-day hop-on and hop-off tram ticket. Travel through the regenerated city center to see innovative architecture, such as shopping complex made out of shipping containers. See how the city center has been rebuilt after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Listen to a fascinating commentary from your driver as you take a full circuit in just 50 minutes, or jump on and off at leisure at 17 strategic stops. The tram currently starts at Cathedral Junction and travels through Cathedral Square, before passing the River Avon. Jump off at the Terraces and Riverside Market, or Canterbury Museum, just a short stroll from the Botanic Garden and Arts Center. Discover the city’s largest urban space at Hagley Park, or explore the boutique stores of New Regent Street, New Zealand’s “Most Beautiful Street.”

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Christchurch: City to Sea Electric Bike Tour

4. Christchurch: City to Sea Electric Bike Tour

Pedal your way along the popular Avon River Trail and take in the sights as you watch the landscape change from the city to the sea. Enjoy a relaxing bike ride as you explore the Red Zone and learn more about Christchurch and the earthquakes that created the Red Zone from your guide.  The 12km Avon River trail takes in a mixture of purpose-built cycle and walking track as well as roads that have been closed to motorised vehicles following the 2011 earthquake. No longer a demolition zone, the Avon River corridor is a green space that bridges the city and coast. Enjoy a coffee in the village of New Brighton, take in the pier and seaside air. There is plenty of time to explore with fantastic views of the Port Hills and a different perspective on Christchurch. Your knowledgeable guide will teach you the impact of the earthquakes that created the Red Zone and the vast history of Christchurch along the way, along with the regrowth of this beautiful and ever-changing city.

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Christchurch: 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

5. Christchurch: 2.5-Hour Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Christchurch's top highlights, its different neighborhoods, and hidden spots on a 2.5-hour guided tour riding a bike.  Ride in class and comfort on bike discovering various parts of the city.  See Christchurch differently and feel cool as you cruise around Hagley Park, the Avon River Trail, the Arts Center, and more uninterrupted by daily routines. You will look very Instagram worthy on your fun bikes. Visit many famous sights in central Christchurch like the Town Hall, the Margaret Mahy Playground, and discover architecture marvels that are not on the front pages of tourist magazines.

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What people are saying about Avon River

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 26 reviews

I enjoyed all three but my favorite experience was Punting on the Avon - we had a lovely person - called Chris I think - he chatted to us all the way there and back about the Avon and telling us details about the ducks and the surroundings that were all around us - excellent ! We went on 14th Aug - 1pm I think I went with my grown-up daughter - in her thirties but this selection is not available in 'Who did you go with..... :( - so I chose 'by myself'

The views from the Gondola were spectacular and an amazing way to see Christchurch for my very first time, very relaxing ride and nice little walk once I was at the top. The Punt on the Avon River was very relaxing and the instructor shared a lot of history and had a good sense of humor. All round was an excellent experience and would love to do it all again.

It was really great. Peaceful and serene on the river Avon and great views from the gondola. But GYG gave us the wrong meeting place address/directions.

This was such an amazing experience to see all the top attractions of Christchurch. The staff were extremely friendly and made the trip so pleasant!

Buying this combination made life easier and loved that we could chop and change.