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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
When you arrive at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, hop aboard an eco-friendly electric-powered caterpillar vehicle for your tour through the gardens, an oasis of exotic and indigenous plants located on a 52-acre (21-hectare) preserve in the heart of the city, between Hagley Park and the Avon River.
While you ride, listen to entertaining commentary from the onboard guide, and hear fun facts like which trees make the best bows and arrows. The full tour of the gardens takes about one hour, with frequent stops along the way. Disembark at any point to take a closer look at specific areas, such as tropical plants in glass conservatories, 250 different types of roses in two rose gardens, or herbs with culinary and medicinal value.
Reopened after the city's last earthquake, the revamped Visitor Centre houses a cafe, gift shop and interactive exhibit about the history of plants and gardening in New Zealand. Check out photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who visited for the center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in April 2014.
Upon booking, you will be able to choose the option to access to the elegantly restored Christchurch Tram, a heritage vehicle and hop-on hop-off tour that travels between 17 destinations in central Christchurch, including Cathedral Square, Avon River, Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum, Re:START Mall and New Regent Street. A knowledgeable driver provides commentary about the city’s history and landmarks during the ride. Hop on and off the tram at any of the 17 stops; your ticket is valid for the entire day and you can disembark as many times as you like. The entire circuit without hopping off takes about 50 minutes.
When booking, you have four tour options, which are detailed in the Itinerary below.
Museum and Botanic Gardens
Hagley Park Corner
New Regent Street
Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Tram: Includes the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Christchurch Tram. The heritage vehicle stops at 17 destinations in central Christchurch, including Cathedral Square, Avon River, Hagley Park, Canterbury Museum, Re:START Mall and New Regent Street. A knowledgeable driver provides commentary about the city’s history and landmarks during the ride. Your ticket is valid for the entire day and you can disembark as many times as you like. The entire circuit without hopping off takes about 50 minutes.
Botanic Gardens, Christchurch and Christchurch Gondola: Includes the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, plus a ride on the Christchurch Gondola. Located in Heathcote Valley, about 15 minutes by vehicle from central Christchurch, the gondola climbs Mt Cavendish in the Port Hills. The smooth ascent takes about 10 minutes and ends at Summit Station, 1,500 feet (500 meters) above sea level. Indoor and outdoor viewing decks provide panoramic views over the Southern Alps, Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) and the ocean. Additional facilities include a cafe with spectacular views and a gift shop. Don’t miss the Time Tunnel exhibit, a short, amusement-park-style ride with audiovisuals that describe the natural and human history of the region. Walking and biking trails are also accessible from the summit.
Botanic Gardens, Christchurch and Avon River Punting: Includes the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, plus a relaxing 30-minute ride down the Avon River in a classic boat known as a punt. Designed for small rivers and shallow water, the flat-bottomed boat is operated by a punter who uses a long pole to propel you across the water. Take in trailing willows, leafy woodlands, the Botanic Gardens and other sights along the river while you snuggle up with your sweetie or hang out with friends on comfortable deep-cushioned seats. Umbrellas and blankets are provided.
Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Tram, Christchurch Gondola and Avon River Punting: The most comprehensive option includes all four attractions for a well-rounded experience of Christchurch.
Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour
Ticket for Christchurch Tram hop-on hop-off tour (if option selected at time of booking)
Avon River punt ride (if option selected at time of booking)
Round-trip Christchurch Gondola ride (if option selected at time of booking)
Transport to/from the attractions
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes
Children must be accompanied by an adult
All passenger weights MUST be advised at time of booking
Upgrade to the Gardens and Tram combo to include Punting and Gondola and receive included transport to and from the Gondola on-board the Gondola shuttle
i-Site Visitor Centre
Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour operating hours: October 31 – March 31: 10am – 3:30pm April 1 – September 30: 11am – 3pm
Gondola operating hours: 10am – 5pm
Avon River punting operating hours: May 1 – September 30: 10am – 4pm October 1 – April 30: 9am – 6pm