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Christchurch Gondola
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Christchurch Gondola showing mountains and a gondola
Cruise past shimmering blue lakes and snow-capped mountains on your way to the top of Mount Cavendish.

Admire spectacular 360-degree views as you take a ride in the Christchurch Gondola. Have a drink or something to eat at the café before you gently descend back toward the city skyline.

Departing from the station in Heathcote Valley, the gondola travels for almost a kilometre (0.5 mile) to the peak of Mount Cavendish at approximately 450 metres (1,480 feet) above sea level. Part of the Port Hills, Mount Cavendish is a section of the crater wall of an extinct volcano.

Once inside your carriage, relax and enjoy this opportunity to see Christchurch from a unique perspective. Pass over fields of lush green ferns and dense shrubs. As you approach the end of the ride, look for black lines of lava flow that have been preserved over a period of thousands of years.

Step out at the top and head to the summit centre to continue taking in the magnificent scenery. Gaze back toward Christchurch and see Lake Ellesmere and the natural harbour of Lyttelton to the southeast. Come on a clear day when you can make out the snow-covered Southern Alps to the west.

Before you leave, treat yourself to a snack at the café. Try the delicious coffee or have a light lunch. Peruse the adjacent shop where you can purchase postcards and a range of souvenirs.

Several hiking trails lead from the summit to the base of the gondola or into the town of Lyttelton. If the weather is good, ride the gondola to the top and enjoy fresh air and exercise with a hike down the mountain.

The Christchurch Gondola leaves from the base of Mount Cavendish in the Heathcote Valley. Get here by taking the 15-minute shuttle bus from Rolleston Avenue in the city centre. There is also a public bus service on the same route that runs throughout the day. The gondola departs every hour and has a small admission fee.

Cruise past shimmering blue lakes and snow-capped mountains on your way to the top of Mount Cavendish.

Admire spectacular 360-degree views as you take a ride in the Christchurch Gondola. Have a drink or something to eat at the café before you gently descend back toward the city skyline.

Departing from the station in Heathcote Valley, the gondola travels for almost a kilometre (0.5 mile) to the peak of Mount Cavendish at approximately 450 metres (1,480 feet) above sea level. Part of the Port Hills, Mount Cavendish is a section of the crater wall of an extinct volcano.

Once inside your carriage, relax and enjoy this opportunity to see Christchurch from a unique perspective. Pass over fields of lush green ferns and dense shrubs. As you approach the end of the ride, look for black lines of lava flow that have been preserved over a period of thousands of years.

Step out at the top and head to the summit centre to continue taking in the magnificent scenery. Gaze back toward Christchurch and see Lake Ellesmere and the natural harbour of Lyttelton to the southeast. Come on a clear day when you can make out the snow-covered Southern Alps to the west.

Before you leave, treat yourself to a snack at the café. Try the delicious coffee or have a light lunch. Peruse the adjacent shop where you can purchase postcards and a range of souvenirs.

Several hiking trails lead from the summit to the base of the gondola or into the town of Lyttelton. If the weather is good, ride the gondola to the top and enjoy fresh air and exercise with a hike down the mountain.

The Christchurch Gondola leaves from the base of Mount Cavendish in the Heathcote Valley. Get here by taking the 15-minute shuttle bus from Rolleston Avenue in the city centre. There is also a public bus service on the same route that runs throughout the day. The gondola departs every hour and has a small admission fee.

653 Cheap Hotels Near Christchurch Gondola

Horotane Lodge - Luxurious Christchurch Mansion
Horotane Lodge - Luxurious Christchurch Mansion
22 Horotane Valley Road, Christchurch, Canterbury
Located in Heathcote Valley, this villa is within 2 miles (3 km) of Christchurch Gondola, Ferrymead Heritage Park and The Tannery. Avon Heathcote Estuary and ...
Horotane Lodge - Luxurious Christchurch Mansion
Lyttelton Boatique House
Lyttelton Boatique House
3.5 out of 5
1 Simeon Quay, Lyttelton
Situated near the airport, this holiday home is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Lyttelton Harbour and 1.3 mi (2 km) from Timeball Station.
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Mixed Review
"Not quite what we expected .. lovely property, spotlessly clean, good location, good facilities e.g. fully equipped kitchen, nicely decorated But small room and noisy doing the day. also more lodgings than B&B with the owner sharing the communal space We paid for the two nights but stayed elsewhere ..."

Reviewed on 9 Feb. 2020

Lyttelton Boatique House
Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
1 Ticehurst Road, Christchurch, Canterbury
Situated in Lyttelton, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Lyttelton Harbour and 1.8 mi (3 km) from Christchurch Gondola. Mount Cavendish is 1.5 mi (2.5 ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Awesome heritage cottage
"Islay Cottage is amazing - a beautiful heritage cottage that has been carefully renovated with all mod cons. The house is really well equipped with everything you need. Awesome view of the Harbour and port, and a short walk from the shops in Lyttelton. The best place we have ever stayed - definitely ..."

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Islay Cottage - Lyttelton Holiday Home
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247 Cannon Hill Cres, Christchurch, Canterbury
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