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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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

With transportation and entry to four major Christchurch attractions, commentary from an onboard guide and free time to explore on your own, this tour provides both self-guided and guided sightseeing to give you a comprehensive experience in New Zealand's second-largest city.

What You Can Expect

Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens, Gondola 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

Wendy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great trip. It just ended up being our party of 4 which was fantastic. We skipped the Botanic Gardens and opted for more time at the top of the mountain. The punting boat ride was excellent. Highly recommend this tour :

Peter R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Just loved Christchurch!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I enjoyed this Grand Tour

snoopy250cr Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour, its worth while if you want to see Christchurch and surrounds.

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was fantastic. Thank you to our driver and guide Barry. He is a wealth of information with a terrific sense of humour. The tour enables the tourist to see the diversity of Christchurch and surrounds. Great value for money. Memorable.

Colleen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful way to see Christchurch. Recommend it to everyone. Highlight was the magnificent botanical gardens. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and very experienced. The weather was not great but we were undercover most of the time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was the best city tour I have ever been on the driver Reg was excellent and kept his cool mid adversity

Jillian M B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Super way to see Christchurch. Puntng on the Avov, caterpillar tour through the gardens and a gondalar ride to a gloreous view with a fiendly knowledgable guide. Great value

Pamela W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An excellent way to see highlights of Christchurch. The gardens are a must. Wish I had more time to explore. The punting on the Avon was a fun excursion--very touristy but still fun. The gondola was broken down when we got there--a first for our driver. He then prompted to find some other touring around there for us to do while waiting for the gondola to reopen--which it did not. Disappointing. The company however did refund the gondola portion right away. The hop-on hop-off tram was also a fun way to tour some of the inner city sites. Very easy and informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Best way to see Christchurch. Punting on the Avon was so much fun, the Botanic Gardens tour was wonderful, and the hop-on hop-off tram was excellent.

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