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Heritage tram premier Christchurch hop on and hop off attraction

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Christchurch, New Zealand

It’s fun hopping aboard a heritage tram to trundle around the city with an informative guide pointing out Christchurch’s top sights. Every stop elicits commentary what to do nearby and when the tram will next appear for a pickup.

A Christchurch #christchurchmustdo activity introducing first time visitors to the exciting South Island gateway city. With 17 stops throughout the city visitors quickly grasp an idea where places are located.

Christchurch vintage tram, Canterbury, New Zealand
Christchurch vintage tram, Canterbury, New Zealand

Our editor adores the Christchurch vintage tram and it’s a compulsory attraction anytime she is in Christchurch. The welcoming tram conductors and the holiday spirit instantly transports you into the spirit of escape.

Bonus the heritage tram is free for kids. What a calling card for the beautiful tram. Discover for yourself a unique experience combining humorous chats about local history, sightseeing tips in the Christchurch heritage trams.

Excellent value for money with the option of combination tickets for the Christchurch Botanic Gardens caterpillar tour and the Gondola trip up Mt Cavendish to the Port Hills panoramic lookout.

Explore the best of the central city from various stops: the Botanic Gardens, and Margaret Mahy Playground are must-visit spots for families; and the many retail stores, bars, and eateries at The Terrace, Cashel Street & Riverside Market, SALT District, Arts Centre, and New Regent Street offer owner operated boutique shopping experiences together with well known brands.

The Christchurch tram, Tramway Restaurant departs from Cathedral Junction (stop one) at 7:00pm March – October and at 7:30pm November – February. Bookings essential.

Visitors can hop on and hop any of the 17 Tram stops throughout the day. The Trams run every 15-25 minutes with the last Tram departing from Stop 1 one hour prior to closing.

Christchurch Tramway, New Zealand
Christchurch Tramway, New Zealand


Stop one for the vintage Christchurch tram is at Cathedral Junction.





The train stops adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre located in the Arts Centre. The ‘i’ Site can provide guides to street art installations, pop up exhibitions as well as commercial galleries.

Stop four, Cashel St is the nearest stop on the Christchurch Vintage Tram to go punting on the Avon River. (year round). Summer peak season choose between Antigua Boat Sheds landing or see the central city’s Avon River Precinct from our Worcester Bridge landing (stop ten).


Booked Christchurch tram tickets online?

Collect your tickets at our Booking Office at stop 1 in Cathedral Junction if you have purchased your tickets through an online seller such as Book Me, GrabOne, Viator or through a travel agent, you will need to visit our Booking Office to collect your tickets.


Travel pack information

Punting on the Avon river Antigua boat shed location

Punting on the Avon river Worcester st pick up location

Christchurch vintage tram route map


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