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    Free city shuttle

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Although Christchurch is not a big city, it still can be a slog getting around, especially if you're a bit weary from too much sight-seeing.
    Christchurch's free shuttle bus is a great way to get across the city. The bright yellow buses provide an excellent service for residents and visitors alike and are justifyably popular - and they can be crowded at some stages during the day - lunch-times especially.
    The shuttle runs on a north-south route across the city, from the Casino in the norh to Science Alive in the south, with a small extension north at night. Buses run at 10 minute intervals during the day, every day except Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, and every 15 minutes from 7pm-10.30pm

    Look out for the yellow bus stops.

    Catch the shuttle here

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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.

    Contact:
    Tel. (0800) 748 885
    http://www.supershuttle.co.nz
    Email: res@supershuttle.co.nz

    Some other door to door shuttle services in Christchurch:

    The Falcon Shuttle
    Tel. 0800 859 898, (03) 332 2660
    http://www.nzonline.org.nz/falconshuttle.htm

    J&L Shuttles
    Tel. 0800 565 748, (03) 389 9879
    http://www.j-lshuttles.co.nz/

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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!

    Have you seen my bag?

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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

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

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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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    Christchurch International Airport (CHC)

    by ATXtraveler Written Mar 2, 2008

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    CHC airport is pretty simple and easy to navigate. We came in on a flight from Melbourne and had little trouble clearing customs, collecting our baggage and getting on the road. We flew in on Qantas, but there are plenty of choices when flying to CHC.

    The following airports service CHC:

    Air New Zealand
    Qantas Airlines
    Singapore Airlines
    Pacific Blue
    Freedom Air
    Korean Air
    Jetstar
    Emirates

    We did not spend enough time in the airport to really notice anything out of the ordinary, but it did have all the conviences like Airline Loyalty lounges and the like.

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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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    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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    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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    Tranz Alpine

    by fishandchips Updated Apr 22, 2008

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    The Tranzalpine is the train to take for a ride through to Greymouth and the West Coast of the South Island. The trip is just over 220 kilometres long and takes around four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels and 5 viaducts plus some great scenery - the gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, the farmland of the Canterbury plains and beech rain forest through the middle of the Alps. The train goes through Otira and Arthurs Pass, both areas of excellent scenery.

    The cost is around $200 off season and down to around $150 when Winter comes on. There are normally trips each day in each direction so you can do a round trip in a day if you wish.

    The train waiting at the Christchurch station Punch bowl falls near Arthurs Pass
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    The Shuttle - free (yellow) bus in the city centre

    by Kakapo2 Updated Feb 17, 2012

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    Update Feb. 2012

    As the central city is cordoned off since last year's earthquakes the yellow bus and my tip are not needed at the moment...



    When you a tired from walking in the city centre the sight of a yellow bus can be rather delightful. It is a service free of charge - and sometimes, on rare occasions, the bus is not yellow... just red because the Red Bus Company runs it... But then you recognise it by the "Free Service" displayed at the front of the bus.

    It runs from 7.30/8am to 10.30pm (Sunday only until 8pm) and most time every 10 minutes, so a bus is never far away.

    The stops are not identical with the stops of the Metro Bus System but easily recognisable. They are big pastel yellow signs with the red and green S of the Shuttle. At every stop is a map of the route.

    In some parts the route is a little tricky as this bus runs a one way route although it runs up and down Colombo Street... but only between Armagh and St. Asaph Street. Between St. Asaph St and Moorhouse Ave it only runs south, then turns left into Moorhouse Ave and back north again in Barbadoes St, then left again into St. Asaph, from where it turns right back into Colombo St.

    North of Cathedral Square the one way route leads up to Peterborough St where the bus stops at the Convention Centre and at the Casino, turning into Victoria St and then through Armagh St back into Colombo St.

    If you get on the bus in the wrong direction it does not matter. Just use it as a free city sightseeing tour ;-) As it runs mostly on electricity it is even an environmentally friendly service.

    Route and timetable on the website.

    Update 31 March 2008
    In the past weeks I have seen quite some tourists on those yellow buses, with their cameras ready to shoot. Be aware that there is nothing attractive to see south of Cathedral Square, some roads the bus passes are even a bit shabby. Most people use it to go grocery shopping at South City, Pack'n'Save and Moorhouse Central. This is not a sightseeing bus.

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    Seven Dollar Bus & other cheap Ways to the Airport

    by Kakapo2 Updated Mar 15, 2010

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    -

    Update March 2010

    Everything is getting more expensive, so the Five Dollar Bus has become the Seven Dollar Bus. Just updated this, the rest of the info stays the same.

    The slogan of the Seven Dollar Bus is simple: Turn up, hop on, gone within 5 minutes.

    Departures from Cathedral Square, next to the Tramway stop on Worcester Blvd, every 20 minutes between 8am and 5pm. As the name of the bus suggests the fare is NZ$7.

    As it is a shuttle service you can also get a ride from the airport to the Square.

    The buses are mini-buses, not big coaches. As it is a direct service it is the fastest way to get to the airport - apart from taxis.

    The fastest public bus (Metro System) would also cost you $7. This is the Airport Flyer which goes directly to the airport from Cathedral Square. This trip takes about 25 minutes.

    Between 7am and 8pm departures every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday, on Saturday from 8.35am and on Sunday from 9.05am. Stops outside the Bus Exchange on Lichfield Street, in Gloucester Street opposite the City Library and on Cambridge Terrace by the Bridge of Rememberance.

    More info about the public airport bus which operates from 6am to 11pm on weekdays:

    http://www.metroinfo.org.nz/docs/Airport%20Route%20Map.pdf
    http://www.metroinfo.org.nz/timetable_A.html
    http://www.christchurch-airport.co.nz/airport/Transportation/

    It takes only four or five minutes longer to travel on the regular #10 bus (Cashmere - Airport via Bus Exchange; destination: Harewood) which stops several times along the way - but if you have the Metrocard it would cost you only $ 2.70 (otherwise $7 like the other airport bus). On weekdays the first bus leaves at 5.21am at the Bus Exchange, and the last one at 11.40pm.

    http://www.metroinfo.org.nz/timetable_10.html

    There are also door to door shuttles which you share with other travellers. The costs range from $12 to 20. Taxis to the city centre cost about $40.

    See more details about those shuttles in an extra tip.

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    The Tram & Gondola Combo

    by Kakapo2 Updated Feb 17, 2012

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    Update Feb. 2012

    Since the 22 February 2011 earthquake neither the tramway nor the gondola are operating.



    As the tramway in the city centre has been revived for tourists in 1995 it is not a cheap option to get around, as a bus ticket for two hours just costs you NZ$ 2.80, and you could well walk the loop the tramway covers. But it is nice and even nostalgic.

    The tram has 11 stops:
    Cathedral Square
    Worcester Bridge
    Art Gallery
    Arts Centre
    Botanic Gardens and Museum
    Hagley Park
    Cranmer Square
    Casino
    Victoria Square
    New Regent Street
    Tram Station

    The ticket just for the tram costs NZ$ 12.50 and is valid for 2 days.
    The tram operates 9am-6pm (April to October) and 9am-9pm (November to March).

    Every night at 7.30pm is the departure of the Tramway Restaurant where you can already digest your meal while rattling on the rails... ;-)

    If you plan a ride on the tram and the gondola buy a combo ticket. Whereas a single tramway ticket would cost you $ 12.50 and a gondola ticket $18 a combo ticket comes to only $25, so you save $5.50.

    All prices as Jan. 2007.

    The tramway stop on Cathedral Square. The Gondola, view over Lyttelton Harbour.
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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:

    Redwood/Styx
    Ilam/Hornby
    Sumner/Heathcote
    Cashmere/Halswell
    Shirley/Parklands/New Brighton

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

    The bus depot. AMI Stadium in the background.
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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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