• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible
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Get a narrated tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens by electric-powered caterpillar shuttle. The 1-hour 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.


  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour
  • View native and exotic plant species on an open-air electric vehicle
  • See downtown sights on the optional hop-on hop-off tram tour
  • Choose from optional add-ons for a customized Christchurch sightseeing experience
  • Upgrade to the Christchurch Gondola for panoramic views from the summit lookout
  • Upgrade to the Avon River punt ride for a relaxing cruise

What You Can Expect

Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River Punting

Christchurch Tram

Make your way to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens to board an electric-powered caterpillar bus for your open-top tour through the 52-acre (21-hectare) preserve, situated between Hagley Park and the Avon River.

During the approx. 1-hour ride, hear live commentary as you learn about culinary and medicinal herbs, tropical plants, and more. Hop off at frequent stops to explore the glass conservatories and see some of the 250 types of roses in two rose gardens.

When booking, you have the option of four tour upgrades, which are detailed in the Itinerary section. If you wish, combine your exploration of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens with a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour on the meticulously restored Christchurch Tram (see list of stops below). Alternatively, opt to include a ride on the Christchurch Gondola, Avon River punting or a combination of all of the above.

Tram stops:
  1. Cathedral Junction
  2. Cathedral Square
  3. Mill Island
  4. Re:START Mall
  5. Ballantynes
  6. The Crossing
  7. Manchester Street
  8. High Street
  9. City Punting
  10. Art Gallery
  11. Worcester Boulevard
  12. Museum and Botanic Gardens
  13. Hagley Park Corner
  14. Cramner Square
  15. Casino
  16. Victoria Square
  17. New Regent Street


Customer Reviews

Jeff S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We booked and experienced our package tour in February 2017. The tours are a great way to both see and learn lots about Christchurch through the guided information provided by the vendors. Economical too! One piece of advice -- allow yourself plenty of time to soak all this in! Due to overbooking ourselves, we had to 'speed' tour the gardens which are worth an extended walk or even a picnic lunch if you allow yourself the time! Unfortunately we did not get to do the Gondola as we needed to dash to the airport -- something to do the next time!

This is a great package that you can purchase ahead of time and then book your day when you arrive with a phone call. There were some options to purchase in Christchurch but those were for more . Buy ahead of time, plan to make a full day if you wish to enjoy all of these in a single day!

Beverley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Connection with our cruise ship shuttle from Akaroa and the tram was smooth and convenient as was the Botanic Garden Caterpillar Train . . . A snack at a local pub/cafe garden and a spot of shopping at a wood craft marketplace nearby and it was time for the return trip to Akaroa. Easy independent way of seeing a great deal of Christchurch in a short space of time.

Bob T

4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

Was great and Faye was an outstanding guide
Would have like more time to get into all the nooks and crannies

Blaine P A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2017

This was a great tour. It was almost too much to do in a day though. We went on a really great walking tour of Christchurch with a local guide the day before, so we didn't need the Hop-on Hop-off tram. The gondola was nothing exceptional. If I had to do it over again I would have only done the Botanic Gardens and the Avon River Punting. We didn't get to spend enough time in the gardens. The punting was relaxing and enjoyable but didn't take much time. All in all in was an enjoyable way to spend the day.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Interesting tour and the gardens were beautiful!

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