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Caterpillar Garden Tours Join Welcome Aboard

Caterpillar Garden Tours is now included in the Welcome Aboard Christchurch repertoire.  Remember the former Toast Rack that toured the Christchurch Botanic Gardens?  It broke some years ago and went into recess.  Welcome Aboard, about three years ago, suggested it be reinstated but when authorities acted on the idea, the operation of the new Caterpillar… Read More

Thumbs up for Grand Tour

Saturday was the ideal day to reacquaint with our half-day Grand Tour.  It was a stunning day with a hint of autumn in the air and patches of autumn colour already scattered amongst trees bordering the Avon.  Six passengers included a middle-aged couple from London (retired teachers and presently tour operators) Another middle aged couple… Read More

So much of cherished Christchurch exists for visitors

In an effort to kick start a return of tourist attractions in Christchurch, Welcome Aboard this week invited people from the accommodation industry and i-site visitor centre for a famil on the Grand Tour that was re-instated on December 1.  The half-day tour was enjoyed by all and it is hoped they will recommend the… Read More

Grand Tour’s Trial Run

This week I joined three very keen Welcome Aboard Grand Tour drivers, Ian, Ray and David on a trial run of the re-instated tour route starting on December 1. Much of the half-day tour is the original and very popular pre-earthquake event with the exception of the ride up the Port Hills Gondola cableway (hopefully… Read More

Changing Times ….

As with most Cantabrians, the Welcome Aboard team is displaying remarkable resilience amidst adversity.  Key attractions – the Heritage Trams, Port Hills Gondola, and Punting on the Avon all took a hit. Of these, only Punting on the Avon has resumed.  But the Gondola is scheduled to re-open by the end of the year and Trams… Read More

Age is just a number

An earlier blog talked about the retirement of Trevor Craib. Despite being the oldest of 20 Christchurch tram drivers, his departure did not alter the average age of the team. It remained at 63. Now, the youngest tram driver, Julia Wareham, has left in the last few weeks to take up employment with a construction… Read More

150 Reasons…

I was pleased to see The Press running a daily snippet 150 Reasons to Love Canterbury. The timing is appropriate after a shaky few months. I was also pleased, delighted even, to see our Trams in their second slot. Reporter Ewan Sargent called the Trams “photogenic beauties”  and wondered if all the photographs taken of… Read More