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Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour with Optional Hop-On Hop-Off Tram Gondola and Avon River PuntingActivity ID16104727
4.4/55 Reviews
Available from 06-23
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Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

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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.
Tram stops:
• Cathedral Junction
• Cathedral Square
• Mill Island
• Re:START Mall
• Ballantynes
• The Crossing
• Manchester Street
• High Street
• City Punting
• Art Gallery
• Worcester Boulevard
• Museum and Botanic Gardens
• Hagley Park Corner
• Cramner Square
• Casino
• Victoria Square
• New Regent Street
Itinerary
Duration: 9 hours
Departure Point: i-Site Visitor Centre
Itinerary: 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.Gardens and Gondola Ride 10:00:
Tour option details are as follows:
Option Descriptions: Entrance to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and caterpillar tour; round-trip ride on the Christchurch Gondola
Option Departure Time: 10:00 AM
Inclusions

Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour

Avon River punt ride (if option selected at time of booking)

Round-trip Christchurch Gondola ride (if option selected at time of booking)

Entry/Admission - Christchurch Botanic Gardens

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Transport to/from the attractions

Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Change & Refund Policies

Free cancellation at or before 00:01 at least 2 days before the date of use

Cancellations made after 00:01 at least 2 days before the date of use will incur a cancellation fee of 100%

Partial cancellation of this booking is not permitted

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Traveler Information:

Infant: Age 0 to 4

Adult: Age 16 to 99

Child: Age 5 to 15

Important Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes
Children must be accompanied by an adult
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

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