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Christchurch Botanic Gardens: Our most recommended tours and activities

Christchurch Gondola and Tram City Tour Combo

1. Christchurch Gondola and Tram City Tour Combo

Climb aboard the Christchurch Gondola cable car and enjoy spectacular 360-degree views across the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps as you glide across the slopes of Mount Cavendish in the Port Hills. See as far as the city and harbor as you ride up to the summit 445 meters above sea level. Make use of the facilities at the top, such as the Time Tunnel ride, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region. Revive your spirits at the Red Rock Café before or after going for a walk or bike ride along the many nature trails. Take a unique sightseeing tour of the inner city aboard an antique tram as the driver provides a live and entertaining commentary. A full circuit takes 50 minutes and includes 17 stops, where you can hop on and off as often as you wish. Visit the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Cathedral Junction, Canterbury Museum, and much more.  

Christchurch: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour by Vintage Tram

2. Christchurch: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour by Vintage Tram

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, 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 18 stops. The tram currently starts at Cathedral Junction and travels through Cathedral Square, before passing the River Avon. Jump off at the 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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What people are saying about Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 83 reviews

This was great fun. A quirky ride around Christchurch, allowing you to see all the right places and decide how to spend the rest of the day. I went shopping and my husband went to the Botanic Gardens. When we met up, we hopped on the tram again to get back to Cathedral Square. The guides were very knowledgeable and it was really a fun hour in the city.

This gorgeous old tram was the perfect way to see some of Christchurch, especially for older people who can't walk as far as younger folk. The staff were able to help people on and off if required!

We wanted ease of travel around city and we got that and stopped at places we wanted to see and did not have to wait long for tram when needed.

Redemption of the tickets were fast and straight forward. Got to see the city's famous buildings and hop on and off was a breeze.

Knowing history of christchurch is big pleasure for me and comportable mood also good