getting around, Christchurch
The Shuttle is a free bus service that goes around the centre of Christchurch. The Bus travels as far north as Peterborough St, past the Casino, through Cathedral Square, down Colombo St (main street of Christchurch) and as far South as Moorhouse Ave - past Science Alive & the Hoyts movie complex then back in a loop up Colombo St. As it's free you can jump on & off as often as you like - the Bus Stops (21 in total) are bright Yellow and clearly marked as Shuttle stops.
There should be a bus every 10 minutes between 7.30am & 7pm week days (late night Friday & Saturday until 10.30pm) and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Between 5pm and 8pm Sunday there is a bus every 15 minutes.
It will be a good start for tourists coming to Christchurch for the first time to take a tram tour. I think it consists of 12 main stops and also there are a few packages you can chose from eg, buy a day pass with a Gondola ride. You pay to driver as you board the tram.
Enjoy the tram!
The heritage trams - BEST and COOL way to experience the heritage & charm of Christchurch and all the must see attractions!! You can hop on and off at any of the 9 stops around the inner city tramp loop. Just remember to get a All Day pass!
Tram drivers provide informative and entertaining commentary too!
The trams follow a 2.5 kilometre loop around central Christchurch, these include Cathedral Square, Southern Encounter Aquarium, The Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Punting on the Avon, Christchurch Casino, Victoria Square, New Regent Street etc.
Tram ticket costs NZD $12.50 and is valid for two consecutive days (12 months for local residents). Children up to 15yrs travel free of charge with an accompanying fare paying adult.
9am - 6pm (1 April - 31 October)
9am - 9pm (1 November - 31 March)
**Note: Last tram leaves Cathedral Square 30 minutes prior to closing time.
The beautifully restored heritage trams are also available for cocktail functions or a unique la carte dining experience on the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant.
If you really want to go a 'round' in Christchurch take the tram. These vintage looking trams take you around the city centre easily, but since the city centre is so small, you'd be better of saving your precious bucks and walk instead.
Quite a unique way of seeing Christchurch is to go punting on the Avon River. Just sit back and relax in the cushions and take in the sights. This is a greta way of seeing Christchurch since loads of sights are situtaed along the Avon. There are quite a few companies that can take you punting. Just follow the river and compare prices and take take your pick.
One of the first things to do is to get the Metro card, or bus card. Normally, a one-way fare costs 2$, with the card (which is free) it's only 1.50. In any case, you have 2 hours and an unlimited number of transfers within those 2 hours. To collect the card, go to the bus exchange (bus station), fill in a form, pay a minimum of $10 to load the card, that's it. The only obstacle is that you need to provide a photo id and a mailing address, but if you're for a while that should not be a problem. The card has a magnetic strip on it, which you place on the card reader in the bus, and your fare is automatically deducted. It also keeps track of your transfers within the 2 hour limit, so no additional fare is deducted. You can top up the card at the bus exchange or with any driver. The nice thing when you want to go somewhere when your balance gets close to zero, say you only have 0.50 left on your card, is that you can still use it once, but your balance is then -1.00, and next time you really must top it up.
Practically all bus stops have a map and schedule of all routes passing this particular stop. In addition, some stops have either a fixed display, or a push-button display showing when the next bus and/or route arrives. Buses run all day, 7 days a week, every 10-15 mins during peak time, so usually, during the week, there's no need to know the schedule ahead, just check at the bus stop display how long you have to wait. However, you may want to remember which bus takes you where, but once you have that figured out, it's a breeze.
The bus routes are quite extensive, and well interlinked, so I haven't had and you shouldn't either have any problems getting to the sights you want to see by bus.
Gold Band Taxis are the premier taxi company in Christchurch. There are more Gold Band Taxis on the streets of Christchurch, this is particularly noticeable during the unsociable hours (The times when it is hard to get a taxi).
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Christchurch has an International and domestic airport facilities so no problems there!! Alternatives are bus or train, or if your into it, sometimes even cruise ships??
Generally, if your going to be a couple of days in Christchurch...grab a shuttle bus to a central city backpackers...that way everything is in walking distance. Generally the shuttle buses will be around $10-$15 NZD for a single, less if there's more...alternatively if there's 3 or more people it will be cheaper to just grab a taxi!
If your gonna be in Christchurch a while, possibly look at getting a rental car...there are some reasonable companies where you can pick up a 1.3l 4 door vehicle for around $45.00 a day...still be careful of some of the companies tho!!
Tram is getting around in the Inner City..start at the Catheral Square . Someone said the red one behind me is free , it's wrote " city tour"
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Just walk! This town is very small, you can get to the most interesting
buildings within 10 minutes (and if you already are tired, take the