The Grand Tour is a fully-guided, interactive day trip that shows off the best things to do in Christchurch in the most comfortable and convenient way on board a luxury coach. Let us show you the best Christchurch has to offer; beautiful parks and gardens, quaint seaside suburbs and superb views of the city and surrounds. Your tour includes Christchurch’s four premium attractions – Punting on the Avon, The Gondola, The Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour and the Tram.
If you’re on a tight schedule, get the flavour of our city without fuss on this one-day tour, fully-guided day trip from 10.00 am to approximately 3.00 pm. We offer complimentary accommodation pick ups from 9.00 am from selected Christchurch accommodation providers, otherwise this tour departs from outside the Museum on Rolleston Avenue.
Refined, relaxing & romantic – punting on the beautiful Avon River is an iconic Christchurch attraction not to be missed. The waters of the Avon ripple by as you sit back on deep cushioned seats in a classic punt while your Edwardian-dressed punter guides you quietly on a 30 minute ride past trailing willows, woodlands, leafy banks and the sights of the garden city of Christchurch.
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens were established in 1863, and host without a doubt the finest collection of exotic and indigenous plants to be found anywhere in New Zealand. While on our ‘Caterpillar’ shuttle discover the natural beauty, history and culture of this central city oasis while at the same time being taken around the gardens in any weather in comfort and style.
The Christchurch Gondola whisks you into the air nearly a kilometre to the Crater Rim of the Port Hills. Experience the Time Tunnel, a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the Port Hills and Christchurch. Revive your spirits with a snack at the new Red Rock Cafe, and browse what is on offer in the shop.
Your tour includes the delightful seaside village of Sumner with its boutique shops, cafes and restaurants situated across from the beach. En route we pass by the ‘earthquake artwork’, created by shipping containers designed to strengthen the seaside hill suburbs.
We deliver you to one of our Christchurch Tram stops and present you with a ticket to explore the city centre on the trams at your leisure. Here you will have as much time as you wish to ride the trams to see the changing face of the city and listen to our drivers’ interesting and informative commentaries. You can also get on and off the trams at any of our 17 stops to visit nearby attractions such as New Regent Street, the Transitional ‘Cardboard’ Cathedral, and Re:START container mall to see these developments breathing new life into the centre of town.
Transport and entry to all attractions are included in your ticket price. Lunch is not included, but you have plenty of time to enjoy lunch at your leisure at the Gondola’s Red Rock Café.