Zoom with a View: The Christchurch Gondola

Zoom with a View: The Christchurch Gondola

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      Christchurch, New Zealand
      1 Hour
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      • The gondola ride: Cruise up to the top in stable comfort, suspended above the valley and surrounded by epic scenery – including the Christchurch cityscape, impressive Southern Alps, and the hills of the Banks Peninsula.
      • Summit views: At 1500 feet up, this peak offers unforgettable all-around views of the coastline and beaches, distant mountains, and the sunken volcanic crater that forms neighboring Lyttelton Harbor.
      • Heritage Time Tunnel: Experience a spin back 12 million years as this automated ride carries you to the volcanic era when this landscape was born, through an ancient New Zealand forest, aboard a ship, and into the earliest days of Christchurch.
      • Cafe, shop, and trails: Refresh yourself Kiwi-style at the scenic Red Rock Cafe. Browse for souvenirs of your visit at the Shop at the Top. Walk the trail to the Crater Rim, where you can still see remnants of World War II anti-aircraft batteries. 

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to 10 Bridle Path Rd, Heathcote Valley, Christchurch to begin your adventure.

      Helpful hints

      Bring small coins for the bathroom. Take a light jacket or rain coat for the weather. The Christchurch Gondola is roughly 53 miles from port area of Akaroa

      Getting around

      Traveler must be able to walk roughly 500 yards over even, paved sidewalks and wooden floors during the course of the tour..

      Activity type

      Bus Tour, Budget, Family Friendly

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      Activity Level

      This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      When they say that no visit to Christchurch is complete without a trip up on the Gondola, they aren't kidding.

      Catching the view of Lyttelton Harbor from the heights of Mt Cavendish is like looking at a working model of the earth's volcanic origins – you can actually see the landforms created by massive forces at work millions of years ago.  

      A nearly complete ring of broken, steep volcanic hills vaults up from sea level to 1500 feet – the remnants of a collapsed crater that holds Lyttelton's waterfront in its center like a giant teacup. And the gondola zips you up there in just 10 minutes' time.

      As you ascend, the landscape widens with mind-blowing drama. Once at the top, you get these crazy views of central Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, and distant snow-capped Southern Alps in one direction. The blue-green harbor of Lyttelton and craggy hills of Banks Peninsula in another. And in yet another, the beaches along Pegasus Bay with the Pacific coast stretching all the way up toward Kaikoura Peninsula, far to the north.

      Let's just say it's not a scene you'll soon forget. To extend the magic, we definitely suggest toasting your travels over a tasty local beer or wine – or fresh-brewed artisan coffee and Kiwi bites – at the summit's picture-windowed cafe. And walking around the Crater Rim Walkway a bit.

      After all, when's the next time you'll be up there? 

      The long way home

      A small stone building stands along the bridle path at the Mt Cavendish summit, inscribed with "They Passed This Way." The Pioneer Women's Memorial honors Christchurch's earliest female settlers, who stopped to rest at this spot after climbing from Lyttelton in 1839. They were said to have "gazed with awe but courage upon the hills and plains of Canterbury where they were to make their home." Soon, they were joined by pioneers arriving aboard the First Four Ships – having braved months-long, cramped sea voyages from England. 

      Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.


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      Christchurch, New Zealand
      Great photo opportunities
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