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“Lovely views”

Christchurch Gondola
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Christchurch Gondola Ride
Ranked #10 of 233 things to do in Christchurch
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Owner description: For a “top” experience in Christchurch (15 minute drive from central city), enjoy a relaxing ride to the summit of the Port Hills. Spectacular 360 degree views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, the majestic Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Plenty to see and do - experience the Time Tunnel Ride, go shopping, relax and enjoy a snack or beverage at the Red Rock Cafe.
Adelaide, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely views”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

We enjoyed the views as we rose up the mountain side and also from the observation deck. It was a lovely sunny day so we could see across the city & all the way to Mt Hutt & other southern alps etc. We got discount vouchers on 'bookme' that made this a very affordable attraction to visit. The 7 minute "Time Tunnel" ride was an interesting experience.

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
We are happy that you had great weather for your visit to the Gondola so you could see the views at their best! Thank you for your feedback, and for taking the time to review our attraction.
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“Don't miss this”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We take all our Christchurch visitors on the gondola, and have lunch at the cafe. There are great views, especially from the top. Go on a nice day and walk around outside. The Time Tunnel is entertaining for children, maybe for adults too. Although the gondola feels quite high up, you are never far from the ground. It's quite expensive but visitors would probably only do it once. We live here and have an annual pass. There are combo tickets to go on the tram too (opening again soon).

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Thank you for being a frequent Gondola visitor! We're glad to hear that you enjoy the Time Tunnel and the cafe fare. The Tram re-opened in November 2013, and yes we do now have Tram and Gondola combos available once again. Thank you for taking the time to post your review.
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Tampa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Beautiful View Over Chirstchurch and Littleton”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

The gondola ride up the hill is very nice and provides many photo opportunities both up and down. The viewing station is more than I expected with a very nice large facilitiy with open air platforms, cafeteria, gift shop, and tunnel ride (do not miss it as I almost did). We spent over two hours there just taking the surroundings. This was a nice experience. It helps to put it all into geographic perspective.

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
We hope that you could take lots of photos during your time at the Gondola. There are many different vantage points to view the beautiful scenery from! We are glad that you enjoyed your time at the Top, and thank you for taking the time to review our attraction.
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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“Great day out”
Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

I went with my mother and niece (6) we had a great day, amazing views, history train in the centre was great, didn't eat in as we brought a packed lunch and had it sitting out on the steps. I felt the shop was too over priced like most tourist shop, turns out I bought most of my gift here.....

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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Thank you for visiting the Gondola. It's lovely to sit out in the sun to have a bite to eat and take in the views! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the Time Tunnel experience, and that you found lots of gifts at the Shop at the Top. Thank you for posting your review.
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“Do this first on your Christchurch visit if you can”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

Ride up is okay but spectacular views at the observation deck 360 of Christchurch, the Canterbury plains, mountains in the distance, crater (Lyttleton) and South Pacific beaches. Go when the weather is good. Can get cold and windy outside on the observation deck. The short Disneyesque time-tunnel ride is a nice way to learn about the history of the region. Some displays/information boards on other historical and geological facts. Souvenir shop and cafe at the top with pretty reasonable prices (didn't buy anything so can't really comment). You can either take the gondola back down or hike down (we did the latter) which takes about 45 minutes along the crater rim and then down a steep gravel road (watch out, the rocks are loose). I find everything in Christchurch on the pricy side (the ride was $25 NZ per person adult) but we had 2 for 1 tickets, which made it very reasonable.

Visited November 2013
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WelcomeAboardCHCH, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this review, 9 January 2014
Thank you for visiting the Gondola. We are glad that you enjoyed taking in the view as well as the Time Tunnel experience. There are some lovely walks from the Summit Station (and it's much easier on the legs to walk down from the top rather than up!) Thank you for taking the time to review your time at our attraction.
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