Christchurch Tramway System
One of the most popular ways to explore Christchurch is on one of the beautifully restored heritage trams that will take you on a journey through the central city.
Christchurch’s tramway was first developed in 1880 when a line was built from the railway station to Cathedral Square in the heart of the city.
The first electric line opened in 1905 and at its peak, Christchurch had New Zealand’s most extensive electric street tramway system. The first electric trams had heaters, air brakes, and other features not seen elsewhere in New Zealand for some years.
However with dwindling use, the last original tram line closed in 1954 and all its trams were dismantled, their metal parts scrapped and their wooden bodies sold.
In 1960 a local group of enthusiasts began collecting all the equipment they could find and slowly, over many years, a number of trams were restored. The group approached the City Council with a proposal for a circular route around some of Christchurch’s central city iconic historic sites and eventually the central tramway opened in 1995.
In 2009 an extension was being built however, the earthquakes of 2010-11 put the tramway out of service. Eventually in November 2013, stage one of the tramway was reinstated. The return of this well-loved part of the central city was seen as a milestone in Christchurch’s post-earthquakes recovery.
Book your Christchurch accommodation with us at Westside Motor Lodge and you'll be perfectly located for easy access to any one of the 17 tram stops around the city where you can join the tour. With an all-day ticket you can hop on and off as often as you like. The tram will take you to Punting on the Avon, the Caterpillar Tour of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Cathedral Junction, Avon River, Re:START Mall, the Gothic-style Arts Centre, the Canterbury Museum and New Regent Street among other great Christchurch attractions.