4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch Gondola Ride

Take an aerial journey on the Christchurch Gondola to the Port Hills crater rim and Mt Cavendish summit. At the summit complex — revamped since the 2011 earthquake — you’re rewarded with views of the cityscape, the Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour. Upgrade for admission to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens including a caterpillar bus tour, or go punting by flat-bottomed boat on the Avon River.


  • Round-trip Christchurch Gondola ride
  • See the dramatically changed cityscape of Christchurch
  • Catch glimpses of the Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour
  • Explore the surrounding nature walks around the crater rim
  • Upgrade to the combo tour options including Christchurch Botanic Gardens or a ride along the Avon River

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What You Can Expect

Christchurch Gondola Ride

Punting on the Avon River

Take in the city views from Mt Cavendish after a 10-minute scenic ride aboard the Christchurch Gondola. (Frequent shuttle bus service (own expense) will take you from the city center to the gondola base station.) As you ascend to the Port Hills crater summit, enjoy a panoramic vista of Lyttelton Harbour all the way to the snowcapped Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. When you reach the top, watch a video about the geologic and human history of Christchurch at the Time Tunnel.

Gondola Ride and Botanic Gardens
Tour the Christchurch Botanic Gardens aboard the electric caterpillar shuttle, hopping on and off as you please to stroll through the rose garden, visit the tropical greenhouse and more. Knowledgeable garden staff are on hand to answer any questions you have.

Gondola Ride and Avon River Punting
Glide along the Avon River in a punt as a punter, traditionally dressed in straw hat and blazer, propels the flat-bottomed boat past the Christchurch Botanic Gardens as well as boat sheds, tree-lined banks and riverside paths. Blankets and umbrellas are provided to enhance the romantic setting.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Breathtaking views!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Wonderful views. Nice facilities at the top


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Good fun for the family for a few hours. Great views in from the gondola and from the lookout at the top.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

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.

John V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

What a magnificent views

Kay M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 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.

Craig N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

A must do!

Doreen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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!

Jan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Neville C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

Although a little scary, the Gondola ride was spectacular. Dinner in the restaurant was very good and the staff was very friendly and helpful.
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