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
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 GardensTour 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 PuntingGlide 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.
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.
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.
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.