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Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens Gondola Punting and Hop-On Hop-Off Tram

South Island, New Zealand
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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. Hotel pickup is included.
  • Sightseeing tour of Christchurch with included hop-on hop-off tram ticket
  • Go punting on the Avon River with an experienced guide
  • Tour the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on a caterpillar shuttle
  • Stop at the colorful Re:START shopping district to purchase lunch and browse the shops
  • Drive through the seaside suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs
  • Take in expansive views from the Christchurch Gondola

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Take in Christchurch’s highlights with a guide and explore independently on a hop-on hop-off tram.
See Christchurch in one day on a multi-attraction tour of ‘The Garden City,’ starting with pickup from your hotel by coach. Listen to informative commentary from your knowledgeable guide during the drive to your first activity: a boat ride on the tranquil Avon River.
Begin your Christchurch sightseeing adventure aboard a punt—a classic flat-bottomed boat—which you can share with your companions while a punter in period costume narrates the sights along the shallow waterway.
Disembark on shore at the 52-acre (21-hectare) Christchurch Botanic Gardens, which you’ll tour by caterpillar, an electric-powered open-air shuttle bus. Snap photos of beautiful glass conservatories that house tropical plants, and hop off for a closer look at the extensive collection of native and exotic plants, including 250 varieties of roses, a medicinal and culinary herb garden, and more.
Next, your guide takes you to the coastal enclaves of Sumner and Redcliffs, passing the volcanic Cave Rock on Sumner Beach along the way. Then hop inside the Christchurch Gondola for a ride up to the Port Hills. Disembark at the Crater Rim for sweeping views over Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) and the Southern Alps. 
Enjoy free time here for lunch (own expense), and see an audiovisual display that details the region’s natural and human history.
Your tour ends when you board the elegant Christchurch Tram. Say farewell to your guide and embark on a narrated hop-on hop-off tour of the city center via heritage tram. You have the rest of the day to independently explore any of the 17 stops, including the Re:START shopping district—an innovative outdoor mall housed in designer shipping containers.


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Reid D
, Jan 2019

It was a wonderful day with a super guide!! It was well worth the money! It was well organized and not crowded on the bus!

Bruce J
, Nov 2018

We had an excellent tour. Our tour guide Tony was friendly and very informative. Would recommend this tour wholeheartedly.

Barbara S
, Apr 2018

Glad we took this tour. We are horticulturists and found the guide around the botanical gardens extremely knowledgeable. We would never have done the punting by ourselves but discovered this is a very relaxing and enjoyable recreation! The gondola was closed due to high winds but our guide kept in touch with the gondola company and we were able to go later in the afternoon. We also enjoyed being able to hop on and off the tram tour of the city. A very good tour and I recommend it.

, Mar 2018

What a great way to get an overview of Christchurch ! Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable and added some interesting anecdotes ! When you have limited time in the city this tour will definitely show you all its attractions . On top of that you get a 2 day tram ticket to go back and explore further

Michael W
, Feb 2018

A very informative overview of the CBD and surrounding areas by Tony our Bus Driver/Guide with varied activities enjoyed by all.

John L
, Feb 2018

We had a free day in Christchurch and took this great tour. Three main attractions: wonderful guided tour of beautiful botanical garden fun gondola ride and beautiful views and a very relaxing punting on the Avon river. Highly recommended.

, Jan 2018

The food was beyond perfect, the staff attentive and friendly.

Nancye L R
, Jan 2018

Fabulous way to see the highlights in Christchurch. We went punting on the Avon, toured the botanical gardens with a guide, rode the gondola for views of the city and then had the ability to hop on and off the tram for anything else we wanted to see. It was the perfect way to tour the area.

Terri S
, Dec 2017

This was a fun tour, but the gardens are beautiful, and there was not enough time to truly enjoy these. Would recommend at least half a day in the gardens alone.

Philomena S
, Dec 2017

Fantastic trip! Barry was very helpful and had so much information about this beautiful city. Well worth the price! A must for every visitor to Christchurch. Once you've done the tour, it's easier to go exploring on your own, now that the lay of the land is familiar.

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