Welcome Aboard’s fun school holiday activities!
School holidays are always a busy time for kids and parents! If you’re looking for some fun things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury these winter school holidays that won’t break your budget, join us at Welcome Aboard where we have some great things planned. Our annual Kids Go Free offer at the Christchurch Gondola… Read More
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
No-one would forget Christchurch trammie Owen. Always the outrageous funny man, he was also friendly, often jumping off a tram to help tourists looking vaguely lost. Owen’s assistance would send them in the right direction – vaguely. What happened to him? Owen put a hand up to help out on the Auckland Dockline Tram when… Read More
Always keen to meet someone with optimism for the Christchurch CBD, I find, in Paul Lonsdale, a tonic. Manager of the Central City Business Association, he is also manager of the popular Restart container mall. “It has gone exceptionally well,” Paul enthuses. The mall on the City Mall site (former Cashel Street) opened last October… Read More
Friday June 8 was the 25th anniversary of New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy introduced in 1987 by David Lange’s Government. Local peace devotees met at the World Peace Bell in the Botanic Gardens. I failed to make it because, on the way, I crashed by bicycle on a devious slice of frozen snow, giving my head… Read More
Glorious winter river experience
- Posted by: welcomeaboardnz, June 8th 2012
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- Tagged as: antigua boat shed, avon, avon river, botanic garden, Christchurch, hot water bottles, punting, Main Menu, Tram, tramway
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
Truly Diamond Jubilee
Queen’s Birthday holiday this year marks the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2. She has been Queen of Britain and her Commonwealth for 60 years and 117 days. She is eclipsed by Queen Victoria. When on the trams our commentary near the Victoria Square stop mentioned Victoria being the longest reigning British Monarch. We said… 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
Botanic Gardens Happenings
Sitting snug in a loop of the Avon and surrounded on all sides by green space – mostly Hagley Park – our delightful Christchurch Botanic Gardens have been a key visitor attraction for almost 150 years. The garden’s origins were in 1863 when Enoch Barker, Canterbury’s first government gardener, planted an oak tree in the… Read More
What have they been doing?
Remember Ken Henderson? He was the tramway motorman who wore the permanent smile. His commentary was given the thumbs up by the US ambassador on a city visit. Ken promises to be back when our Christchurch Trams are re-instated. His time away from the trams has been far from idle. Presently, with wife Cynthia, he… Read More