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“Views and brews are great! ”

Christchurch Gondola
Ranked #19 of 260 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.
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Yes the views looking over Christchurch, crossing the patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains, to the jagged Southern Alps mountains tall and grand in the distance, are totally awesome!
AND then keep looking around you and there's the sweep of Lyttelton Harbour and beyond and it's all 360' totally awesome!

The gondola takes you up to the top of the Port Hills which is actually the rim of extinct volcano which enables you have complete surround views of all that there is to see!

I thoroughly enjoyed the geology history lesson on THE TIME TUNNEL animation ride. This is inclusive of the ticket to ride the gondola.

Along with the views is the pleasant Red Rock Café. The lunch menu was good as was the brew - a good coffee.

All in all - a place to spend a relaxing time enjoying the views and enjoying the whole of the experience of soaring above Christchurch.
I'll be back!

Thank gunnfam
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CHCHAttractions, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thank you for your great feedback. Sounds like you enjoyed a good coffee relaxing, while taking in our awesome 360 degree views of Christchurch and surrounding areas! See you agian soon! Tasha :)

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

The ride on the gondola was spectacular and the views simply amazing. A must do. The poor little “ride” on the history of NZ was interesting but a queue had formed - the ride had broken down - the ride was “sad” - very hick. The shop is brill. Visitors - don’t miss the gondola ride. We did not try the cafe so cannot comment.

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

I am a local and did not expect this view to be so beautiful up here. Definately something to experience on a clear day. I consider the cost worth the experience.

Thank Noelani C
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CHCHAttractions, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thank you for your review. It's good to hear our local folk enjoy our beautiful views from the summit and we do hope you will visit again in the near future! Tasha:)

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

A must do to enjoy the vast vistas of Christchurch and surrounding alpine ranges.
The cafe is a good spot to sit and enjoy the views.
The photo pack offered for purchase was a very professional and information pack , well worth getting.

Thank Susanne C
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CHCHAttractions, Front Office Manager at Christchurch Gondola, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2018

Thank you for your review and in recommending the Christchurch Gondola as a"must do" attraction. Tasha :)

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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Not worth the $, time & effort to make it out there. Uninspired exhibits. Tried to have lunch at the cafe at ~2:30 pm and were told lunch items were no longer served.

Thank Ida L
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