Getting Around Christchurch

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    Pennyfarth around town!

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 2, 2008

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    I could not resist the opportunity to write a tip about penny farthing in Christchurch. Although I have not been able to find a place that rents the fun looking bicycle, I am sure it would be fun to ride one anyway.

    Well, after a little research, there is a place to check out Penny Farthing in Christchurch! It is called Penny Sports Limited on Manchester & Tuam Sts.

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    Punting on the Avon River

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 2, 2008

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    Although I would recommend this as a thing to do, and have written more extensively in that section, Punting is actually a mode of transportation around Christchurch, so if you wish to take advantage of this ride, then go right ahead!

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    Take a Tram

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 2, 2008

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    Sometimes a great way to get started in a new city is to check out the city via tram. They normally go slow enough that you can get a feel for where you are, and also get that picture or two of places that you were not necessarily going to stop in, but may need a picture to write a tip about.

    Christchurch's tram system is not terribly extensive, but that is ok, because the city is relatively easy to navigate on foot. The tram guide even recommends 3 city walks based on where you get off the tram.

    You do not need to worry about getting tickets in advance, as the conductor will collect the money for the ticket, or if you are going to go punting on the Avon, you may already have a combo pass which includes your tram rides.

    So sit back, relax, and enjoy your ride on ChCh's tram!

    Adult NZD$14 per person
    Child (5-15 yrs) NZD$4 per person
    Family (2AD up to 3CH) NZD$35

    1 April - 31 October 9am to 6pm
    1 November - 31 March 9am to 9pm

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    Ride in a Hagglund!

    by ATXtraveler Written Feb 29, 2008

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    If you really want to experience an exhilarating ride of your life, then I would recommend getting the opportunity to get in a Hagglund. This Swedish designed all-terrain tracked vehicle is employed heavily in Antarctica, so it would only be natural that the Antarctic Centre in Christchurch would have a live Hagglund for you to sit in and take for a spin.

    An experienced Hagglund driver will load you up with 10 of your closest friends (or if they are strangers, they will be close and your friend by the end), and take you off on the ride of your life. Up and down dirt hills, through large mud pits, all from the relative comfort of the inner chamber.

    This ride is not for the faint of heart, so make sure you are ready!

    Currently, rides are $48.00 NZD for adults, which also includes entrance to the Antarctic Centre.

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    Long Distance Trains

    by salisbury3933 Written Sep 4, 2007

    Unfortunately NZ is not well served by long distance trains. However out of Christchurch, the Tranz-Coastal to Picton and the Tranz Alpine service to Greymouth exist, and are excellent scenic train rides.

    I've done both of them and recommend them both highly.

    The train station is a little out of the centre of town, it may be worthwhile getting a taxi there, particularly as the trains leaving Christchurch leave quite early in the day.

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    Buying a Car

    by fishandchips Written Aug 15, 2007

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    The Backpackers Car market is apparently a good way to find a car in your price range if wanting to buy a car to do your trip around NZ. Included are mechanical checks and ownership history so you know what you are getting (to a point!). Stuff like 3rd party insurance (you have an accident & your cover covers any expense for the vehicle etc that you have hit) and change of ownership paperwork can also be sorted out here.

    The market is located on Battersea St which is on your right after going over the Colombo St overbridge toward the Port Hills.

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    Door to Door Shuttles to and from the Airport

    by Kakapo2 Written Feb 25, 2007

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    The most well-known of the door to door shuttles is the Super Shuttle. They run 24 hours and service every flight with every day fixed prices.

    Those shuttles are cheaper than to take a taxi and more convenient than a regular bus or the Five Dollar Bus as they take you exactly to the address you want to go to and pick you up there as well. And - more important - the service is not limited to business hours.

    The Super Shuttle is a national network, so you can also book it in other cities.

    Tel. (0800) 748 885

    Some other door to door shuttle services in Christchurch:

    The Falcon Shuttle
    Tel. 0800 859 898, (03) 332 2660

    J&L Shuttles
    Tel. 0800 565 748, (03) 389 9879

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    The French Connection to Akaroa

    by Kakapo2 Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    Astro Coachlines offer several kinds of services to Akaroa

    Akaroa French Connection
    Departs at Cathedral Square daily at 8.45am and Akaroa at 2.30pm and 4.30pm). Return fare $30pp.
    Check out directly as they often have early morning services available, and also additional services during the summer months. The coach trip takes about 1.5hrs. Free pick-up service.

    They also offer scenic day tours (from $35pp - but count with more) with several stops along the way to Akaroa. Apart from Barry's Bay where you can taste cheese from the factory it is a little too much shooping for me, as the other stops are at the craft shop and gallery at the Little River Railway Station and at the Hilltop Tavern where they suggest to purchase refreshments...

    The alternative is to hire a car which is not more expensive, especially if you do not travel alone, and you can really stop where YOU want.

    The 1 Day Akaroa Combo at $130 is just too expensive to be true, for the shuttle, a cruise (which itself costs about $50) and a farm tour.

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    Sunshine Shuttle to the places YOU want to visit

    by Kakapo2 Written Jan 23, 2007

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    The Sunshine Shuttle buses are "only" vans and very flexible. They transport you to the attractions that are neither on the public bus routes nor serviced by the Black Bus (Shuttle to Christchurch's Best Attractions), for example Orana Wildlife Park near the airport.

    As we live here we do not need this service but I have often seen the vans on the Summit Road, the passengers enjoying the views over Lyttelton Harbour and the Canterbury Plains - so views for which you normally have to walk/tramp for hours or need a car.

    The shuttle picks up and drops off on request.

    They operate from Cathedral Square, corner Worcester Street.

    They are easily recognisable, the words "City Attractions" in red on yellow, and under this in smaller print "The Sunshine Shuttle".

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    After Midnight Express on Weekends

    by Kakapo2 Written Jan 22, 2007

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    I have not used this service yet as after midnight I sleep already LOL But friends have told me that it works ;-)

    The system works as follows:
    In the nights from Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday and from 1am on those buses leave every hour from bus stops on Manchester Street, Oxford Terrace (= The Strip) and outside the Bus Exchange on Lichfield Street (just around the corner from the stop in Colombo Street). You can get on any bus, and the driver will transfer you onto the bus travelling to your destination - but only on the following routes:

    Shirley/Parklands/New Brighton

    Last service from Friday to Saturday is 4am, from Saturday to Sunday 5am.

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    In transit

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 31, 2006

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    If you're coming to New Zealand from overseas and your flight to Christchurch has you transitting through Auckland, you need to collect your baggage and take it with you as you change terminals. There is no facility to hand it in at the International Terminal and have it ferried over to the Domestic Terminal. It's about 1km to walk and although there is a shuttle bus, if you arrive very early in the morning it may not be running! Be prepared for a long walk!

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    McDonalds Rent-a-Car

    by frankcanfly Updated Jan 3, 2005

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    Pam, 'Kiwi', recommended this company for auto rentals in NZ. They are small, but nationwide and family-owned company based in Christchurch.

    I'm currently making a reservation with them, I'll let you know if they are as good as she says.

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    by kiwigal_1 Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    In the central area of Christchurch old restored trams run around a loop circuit. There is a handy all day pass you can buy that will get you around to most of the interesting shopping and site seeing spots.

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    Plane views 3

    by Kate-Me Written May 30, 2004

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    It was the most wonderful sunset and it just kept on going and must have been about 30 minutes before the sky finally faded away to black. The entire length of the horizon from up there had been just brilliant.

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    by Atre Written Apr 25, 2004

    The Christchurch tramway was a common site up until 1954 when they were removed. They were restored and reintroduced as a tourist attraction and now make a tour around the city centre nearly every day.

    Frankly I wasnt impressed, it was very cold on the tram and I was freezing, it was only about 20 minutes long and cost $10 and the tour wasnt much and usually involved pointing out various pubs and restaurants.

    However there is a tram that is a dining car, it drives around the city and you can have your dinner on it, I think that would be quite interesting (and probably warmer).

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