26 November 2013
The Christchurch Trams have returned to the heart of Christchurch. The trams have been stored temporarily at the Ferrymead Heritage Park since the Canterbury earthquakes but have been carefully transported by loader truck back to where they really belong.
While in storage the trams have been repaired and carefully maintained. Each tram has been fitted with new screens and audio video content to show visitors what Christchurch looked like before the quakes and what they could look like in the future. There’s gleaming new paint, shiny metal work, glossy varnished wood and authentic period signage.
Welcome Aboard managing director Michael Esposito is delighted to see the trams make their way back to the CBD. “It’s been a long time coming and another milestone in our city’s recovery. They’re well loved by young and old. As a symbol of Christchurch it’s wonderful to see the trams back as part of the city scape,” says Mr Esposito.
Changes will see Stage One - a new but shortened linear city route take you from New Regent Street, through Cathedral Square, down Worcester Boulevard to the Canterbury Museum. You can get off to at any of the Tram Stops where you can also experience Christchurch’s other great attractions, Punting on the Avon, Caterpillar Gardens Tour and the Gondola Shuttle Bus to reach the Gondola. Also along the way is the meandering Avon River, and the Gothic style Arts Centre.
Stage Two completion is planned for mid-late 2014 and will see the route extended into a loop as worksites throughout the city are made safe and tram track repairs are completed.
Stage Three will see the loop further extended and trams pass through the Re:START mall, hopefully by late 2014.
Adult - $10.00
Child 15 and under - Free
Tram Tickets and Combo Tickets can be purchased from the Tram Drivers/Conductors when boarding the Tram, The Tram Station in Cathedral Junction, The Tram Host in the Cathedral Square or Christchurch i-SITE.