• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 5-hour sightseeing tour of Christchurch
  • 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
  • Explore the city center on your own with a hop-on hop-off Christchurch Tram ticket

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What You Can Expect

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

Punting on the River Avon

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 30-minute 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 5-hour guided 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.

Customer Reviews

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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

Nancye L R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 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.

Philomena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Victoria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was fantastic, great overview of the city, Our driver was great, there was enough time spent at each place and we were not rushed.

Thomas D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A must if you are in Christchurch ! The punting on the Avon was so relaxing, the Botanical Gardens beautiful, and the ride up in the gondola was breathtaking for it's view's of both Christchurch and the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant up on top was also very good.

Jude R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This is a brilliant way to see the highlights of Christchurch. Tom our guide and the driver of the bus is caring and informative...we felt we had made a friend. Hard to ay what the highlight was...maybe Tom's commentary! :

Keith T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We were the only two passengers on the hop-on hop-off. What a treat! Our driver sorry cant remember his name shared lots of interesting stories and was lots of fun. The tour of the Botanic Gardens on the caterpillar bus was excellent. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions about the beautiful gardens, trees, flowers and history of the place. The punting on the Avon experience is certainly unique. My sunglasses fell into the river while I was trying to take a picture and our punter, Rafael, was kind enough to stop the tour to help us look for them. We did not find them, but that gesture speaks for itself. We visited beautiful Sumner beach wish we had had more time there, felt a bit rushed and then headed up for a ride up the Gondola. Breathtaking!!

If you are not staying long in Christchurch sorry for you and want to see what the city has to offer, this is the best tour you can do.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The Gide we had was a loverly local full of knowledge. This was one of our highlights to our stay in Christhurch. Everything was first class and very enjoyable

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