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Summer selfie time at our iconic attractions!

We decided that summer was the perfect time to hold a photo competition at our Welcome Aboard attractions – and with much mention of selfies lately, we couldn’t think of a better type of photo! Our Summer Selfie Competition began in mid-January and ran through until the end of February. Our Welcome Aboard office staff… Read More

Glorious winter river experience

This week I discovered a special thing to do in Christchurch.  Just a few days ago Welcome Aboard’s punting chief, Jamie, was telling me how magnificent his stretch of river is after snow.  Guess what?  I have my opportunity, joining punter Kevin and two university students, calling themselves Sharon and Whiny, from Hong Kong.  Jamie… Read More

Taking a punt with Jamie

It is the second day of winter and Welcome Aboard’s Punting on the Avon Operations Manager, Jamie Storie, is propelling me gently upstream.  A one-time Londoner with a degree in philosophy, he remarks on the near perfect day, devoid of a breath of wind.  Some autumn colours, still clinging to trees, are beautifully backlit in… Read More

Back on Track?

Monday’s The Press gave most of the front page to ‘Trams back on track by Christmas?’ along with two photographs.  Great news indeed.  The timeframe is dependent on the deconstruction of buildings close to the City Loop tram track.  The story also refers to a video made by the newspaper shortly before the February 22,… Read More

Inspiring Book of Cherished Memories

We have been bombarded with earthquake books.  Most are well-produced and graphically illustrate our seismic disaster.  But depressing.  In Paper Plus I found something more enlightening: .  This is a magnificent impression of Christchurch as we will prefer to remember the city.  Compiled by Denis Robinson, artists include Austen Deans, Nancy Tichborne, Sue Spigel and… Read More

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

Christchurch returning to activity

Christchurch is slowly but surely getting back on its feet.  The recently-opened pop-up City Mall container shopping is a real hit, providing an excellent atmosphere for Christchurch people, and visitors.  Shops, cafes and banks in shipping containers are certainly eye-catching and different.  I particularly enjoy their many colours.  And business is booming.  Johnson’s grocery store,… Read More

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