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Christchurch Gondola Ride
"One of Christchurch’s most popular attractions is back in action! There are frequent shuttle bus services (not included) that will take you from the city center to the gondola base station where you start your 10-minute scenic ride on the gondola to the top of Mt Cavendish.Take in views over the city of Christchurch damaged but recovering from the 2011 earthquake and see all the way to the snowcapped Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. As you rise more than half a mile (almost a kilometer) to the crater summit the suburbs of Christchurch recede below you and panoramic views take in Lyttelton Harbour ringed by the green Port Hills. From up here it’s easy to see how the harbor was formed by a collapsed volcanic crater.At the summit ride the Time Tunnel to see a video of Christchurch its history
From NZD28.00
"Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens
"Grand Tour of Christchurch Including Botanic Gardens Gondola and Hop-On Hop-Off Tram""After hotel pickup board an air-conditioned coach to begin your Christchurch sightseeing adventure enjoying informative narration from your knowledgeable guide during the drive.Your first activity is a 30-minute boat ride on the tranquil Avon River by punt a traditional flat-bottomed boat. Share the small comfortable boat with a couple of companions
From NZD129.00
Christchurch Sightseeing Pass
"With your Christchurch sightseeing pass you have the flexibility to see the city's top attractions at your own pace and save on ticket fees compared to purchasing each activity separately: the Christchurch Gondola Avon River punt cruise the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and the Christchurch Tram. Enjoy the freedom to use the pass at any time during your visit — you choose which days to visit each attraction with the option to do as much or as little as you like each day.See the Itinerary for information about each activity.""""Visit four of Christchurch's top attractions with a sightseeing pass that can be used on different days
From NZD81.00

Christchurch Gondola Tips (13)

Great View at the Gondola, Insight at Time Tunnel

The Gondola had been closed after the earthquake on 22 February 2011 - not because of structural damage but because of flooding at the summit station. Now everything is ok again, some pillars have...
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Mar 24, 2013


I think the Christchurch Gondola is a must. The 10minute ride takes you high above the city in an enclosed 4 person gondola, climbing 445 metres above sea level to the rim of the Mount Cavendish...
Jan 20, 2010

RIDE the GONDOLA 500 metres above Christchurch

A not to be missed activity when in Christchurch is riding the gondola, which is at the base of Heathcoate Valley about 15 minutes from the centre of Christchurch. It is an exhilirating experience,...
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Jun 19, 2008

Update Time Tunnel at the Gondola summit

Additional information about the update of the Time Tunnel and the resulting charge of NZ$ 4 for people who arrive on foot:There have always been discussions about charging people for visiting the...
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Nov 17, 2007

Christchurch Gondola

The Christchurch Gondola is only 15 minutes drive from the city and has 'stunning 360° views'... :) It overlooks the Banks Peninsula and Christchurch. There are walks from the summit, a cafe and...
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Mar 19, 2006

Take the Gondola Ride

You can go to the Gondola place by taking a bus from City center. Pick the Bus time table flyer from the Tourist Information Office in the center. The 945 metre Gondola ride gently lifts visitors, in...
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Aug 28, 2005

Go up the Gondola

Christchurch's Gondola sits on top of Mt Cavendish, to the southeast of the city. On a clear days it offers fantastic views over Christchurch, Lyttelton Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and inland...
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Aug 20, 2005

Getting a great view

Few ways to get to the gandolaEither get the normal bus which goes up around the site where it starts so you can't miss the stop or pay and get one of the tourist buses that takes you around all...
Jun 24, 2005

Christchurch Gondola - for a stunning view!!

Enjoy a fantastic 360 degree view of Christchurch, the Alps, Lyttelton Harbour and the Port Hills.Eat at the cafe.Shop at the souvenir store.Visit the mini-exhibition ("time-tunnel") on how the Banks...
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Jul 21, 2004

High and exciting

Take the Gondola up to the top of the Port Hills.Lovely walk around the extinct volcano.Great views of Lyttelton harbour.
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Aug 18, 2008

Nice Views!

For a great aerial views of Lyttleton Harbour this is the place to go. It was cloudy the day we went but the view was stunning anywhere.
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May 13, 2006

even the sheep like the view

what a great view from the top! this is a good thing to do the day you arrive and are still jetlagged...
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Oct 02, 2005
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Things to Do Near Christchurch Gondola

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Port Hills

Treat yourself to a rewarding day of sightseeing! The Port Hills is one of Christchurch's most revered landscapes, with tussock slopes and rocky outcrops rising in stark contrast to the flat...
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It is always amazing to see how amazed people are when spotting the Echo in the main court of the Arts Centre, at the Cloisters. The Echo is a simply shaped black metal frame attached to the...
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Banks Peninsula

Akaroa, on the Banks Peninsula, is 84 km by road from Christchurch. It is at the end of State Highway 75 which travels along the shore of Lyttleton Harbour before crossing Gebbies Pass. The road then...
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Punting the Avon River

While I had never heard of the word "Punting" referring to anything other than the kick of a football or rugby ball, I have now come to learn that Punting is the act of propelling a punt (flat...
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The Christchurch botanical gardens

Beautiful gardens and spaces. A safe place during the earthquake. Free summer concerts on Sundays. Punt along the river. See my travel guide on New Zealand and photo albums. Don't forget to visit the...
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Canterbury Museum

The Museum wasn't badly damaged in the Earthquakes, so reopened relatively quickly afterwards. March 2015: The Botanical gardens adjoining it are looking beautiful again and was nice to see the...
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