Christchurch Tram Tours
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The Christchurch Tram combines leisurely transportation with narrated city sightseeing aboard a restored vintage tram. Visitors learn about historical landmarks in central Christchurch as well as the Garden City’s revival efforts following the earthquake damage of 2011. With 17 hop-on hop-off stops, it’s an easy and fun way to get oriented to New Zealand's third-largest city.
The 50-minute route from Cathedral Junction takes you through downtown Christchurch, starting at Cathedral Square. Nearby attractions include the Bridge of Remembrance, Quake City, Christchurch Cathedral, Canterbury Museum, Hagley Park, Victoria Square, and New Regent Street. All trams have informative and entertaining on-board commentary.
Visitor typically combine the hop-on hop-off tour with a punt cruise on the Avon River, a ride on the Christchurch Gondola, a caterpillar shuttle tour through the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or some combination of activities. Alternatively, take an evening ride on the Restaurant Tram with a 4-course dinner menu that features local lamb and seafood.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Christchurch Tram departs daily, every 15–20 minutes.
- Tickets are typically valid for one day.
- Use your ticket to hop on and hop off at 17 stops and create your own sightseeing itinerary.
- Some combo tours include convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
- Children up to age 15 travel free; however, the Tramway Restaurant is not suitable for children under 10 years old.
How to Get There
The Christchurch Tram, including the Tramway Restaurant, departs from Cathedral Junction. The route crosses the Worcester Bridge over the Avon River, loops past the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, and travels past the shops of Armagh Street. You’ll find boutiques and restaurants in the glass-covered shopping arcade, which is easily accessed by metro bus, car, or on foot.
When to Get There
The Tram runs 9am–6pm daily in summer (September–March) and 10am–5pm daily in winter (April–August). The Tramway Restaurant departs from Tram Stop 1 in Cathedral Junction at 7pm daily March–October and 7:30pm daily November–February (with the exception of public holidays).
Riding in Style
The refurbished 36-seater Christchurch Tramway Restaurant combines sightseeing with a fine-dining experience. Waitstaff serve customers a welcome drink along with coffee or tea to accompany the gourmet 4-course meal. Take a seat at an elegant windowside table and relax in style during the 2.5-hour round-trip journey, which is fully narrated.
Address: 7 Tramway Lane, Christchurch, South Island 8011, New Zealand
Admission Tickets (1)
Recent Reviews from Experiences in Christchurch
, Jul 2020
Apart from the gift shop lady following me and partner around thinking we were going to “steal”, this place has Great views!! A really good place to relax and enjoy the views for great pics 😂 I noticed a lot of kids enjoyed the outside area too. Their cafè was alright, not much to choose from when I went, maybe I was early?
Review of buying third party tickets
, Mar 2020
Some of the information from the third party we purchased the tickets from was not accurate. It told us we had to arrive at 9am and it didn't actually open until 10am. I had called them just before the trip to confirm the information and still go the same information. The man working at the Gondola actually let us in early and went above and beyond by helping us figure out our ticket that also was contacted to a ticket for a Punting boat ride.
, Mar 2020
It is worth going there, very good vibe to go with friends or family. Really nice view from up and good explanation about history.
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Christchurch Tram
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
You can reserve your spot today and pay when you're ready.
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.
Hop on Hop Off
Travel the full circuit aboard the Christchurch Tramway, which departs regularly. Use your ticket to hop on and hop off at 17 stops and create your own sightseeing itinerary. Drivers provide live commentary on the landmarks of this South Island city. Bonus: children up to age 15 travel free.
Enjoy a 4-course dinner aboard the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant and travel in heritage style through the city center, round-trip from Cathedral Junction. Relax and enjoy views of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Avon River from your window-side table. The journey in this elegant restaurant on wheels includes a welcome drink upon arrival, with tea and coffee to accompany your gourmet meal, served by professional waitstaff.
Get a narrated tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by electric-powered caterpillar shuttle. The ride makes frequent stops where you can disembark to explore the lovely landscapes and extensive plant collection. Combine your experience with a hop-on hop-off tour aboard the Christchurch Tram, a restored heritage vehicle that travels between 17 stops. Other optional upgrades include a punt cruise on the Avon River, a ride on the Christchurch Gondola, or a combination of all four tours.
Relax on a romantic 30-minute punt (flat-bottomed boat) ride along the Avon River in Christchurch. Float past willows lining the riverbanks as a punter, dressed in traditional costume, uses a long pole to propel you and your companions across the water while providing informative commentary. You’ll row past the city center and Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you can opt to tour by electric shuttle. Other upgrades include a Christchurch Gondola ride to the Crater Rim and/or a Christchurch Tram hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour of downtown.
Spend your time in Christchurch with tickets and transport to four top attractions. Enjoy a punt ride down the Avon River, a shuttle tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, a Christchurch Gondola ride to the Port Hills, and an independent hop-on hop-off tour of the city center aboard the Christchurch Tram. Visit the affluent coastal suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs, or hop off at any of the 17 stops that showcase the highlights of New Zealand’s second-largest city.
Visit four top attractions in the ‘Garden City’ with a Christchurch sightseeing pass. Set your own pace with this 4-attraction pass, which you can use on different days. See the city from above on a 10-minute Christchurch Gondola ride and visit the Time Tunnel exhibit; enjoy a 30-minute punt ride by flat-bottomed boat on the serene Avon River; tour the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by open-top caterpillar bus; and discover 17 stops during a hop-on hop-off tour aboard the Christchurch Tram.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Christchurch Tram tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Christchurch Tram can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 6 Christchurch Tram tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Christchurch Tram 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Christchurch Tram costs USD 20.24. Guided Christchurch Tram tours start around USD 20.24 per person. See all 6 Christchurch Tram tickets and tours on Viator.
What's the best way to experience Christchurch Tram?
The best ways to experience Christchurch Tram are:
- Christchurch Gondola Ride Ticket
- Christchurch Hop-On Hop-Off Tram
- Tramway Restaurant 4 Course Dinner Service through Christchurch
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River Punting
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