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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.

Highlights

  • 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

john.bewley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a very good day well recommend

Woz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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.

C J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

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.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Loved this ride and rhe views from the top were amazing.

my360travel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good trip!

anthonywu99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good trip!

bpgb1a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Very good trip!

DIANE P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Breathtaking views!

DELFIN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Wonderful views. Nice facilities at the top

Cat USA

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.

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