Christchurch Restaurant Tram & Botanic Gardens

4 hours | Christchurch (Lyttelton) | C H C - 1 2 5
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Points of Interest

  • Canterbury Museum
Moderate activity

Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

What you will visit:

Christchurch Restaurant Tram
This is a delightfully unique way to explore the inner city of Christchurch-a wonderful mix of both old and new accompanied by morning tea, served elegantly right on the refurbished tram. As you travel, listen to informative historical commentary aboard a restored heritage tram that is designed for meal service as well as seeing the sights and city landmarks. Situated around the River Avon, Christchurch's beautiful Gothic architecture and blooming gardens were hit hard by the devastating 2011 earthquake, but today you'll admire the city's growth and revitalization. See it all from the tram's picture windows.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens
An ever-changing showpiece of nature's beauty and botanicals, the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, founded in 1863, is a sprawling 21-hectare display of the best flora and fauna of New Zealand and around the globe. With exotic plants, lush foliage, fragrant blooms and elegantly landscaped lawns, the gardens host over one million guests each year and are a beloved attraction. Enjoy seeing them from the seat of the "Caterpillar," an electric, open-air trolley that offers a guided tour of the grounds plus informative and lively commentary as you tour in comfort.


What you see along the way:

The largest city of the South Island, Christchurch is situated around the River Avon. A devastating 2011 earthquake leveled much of the city's infrastructure, but today it is revitalized and growing and has turned much of the damaged areas into modern and beautiful outdoor public art galleries. During your heritage tram tour, knowledgeable guides will point out all the city's top attractions and share fun facts and historical information. Cathedral Junction, the Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street are just some of popular sights you will see from the tram's picture windows.

Photo Opportunities:

You'll be snapping photos throughout your day on wonderfully scenic tours of both Christchurch's city center and the Botanic Gardens, where in addition to a colorful array of flora you'll see the New Zealand Peace Bell, one of 20 different World Peace Bells that are spread across the globe. The bell is cast using a variety of coins of United Nations member countries.

Snack:

Tea time has never been so entertaining! Enjoy a lovely tea service administered elegantly by friendly staff as you sit comfortably in the well-appointed heritage tram.

Details

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart wharf for Christchurch City

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30

Board the tram at the Cathedral Junction

Time at site:
01:10

Visit Botanical Gardens and board Caterpillar for Garden Tour.

Travel time:
00:15
Time at site:
00:45

Free time in the Botanical Gardens

Time at site:
00:50

Transfer from Christchurch back to port

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:30