A frenzied scene greeted me this week up at the Gondola Top Station. The Shop at the Top Manager, Noeline Atkinson, and her staff were stocking the shelves with many interesting items. I was amused by some of the decorative items on the walls. It is set to become a popular venue from next Monday.
Food and Beverage Manager, Samantha Mules was sampling tasty morsels in the Red Rock Café. Tradesmen’s paint rollers were spinning.
Outside, gondola cabins were moving on the cables. They were carrying gear needed at the top as well as staff and workers.
Among the gear were boxes of fashionable uniforms for staff.
It was a glorious autumn day. The turquoise harbour backdrop looked spectacular.
The “soft” reopening is on Monday (March 25). With the good weather looking like stretching at least that far, I suspect the Gondola attraction will be a hit. It is already on my bucket list as an occasional morning coffee destination. Annual passes will be popular and kids accompanied by paying adults travel free until May 7.
Also this week, I visited the International Antarctic Centre and was more than impressed. I experienced an Antarctic storm, enjoyed the 4D movie, and the little blue penguins were so cute. But I was warned they, being wild creatures, have beaks like razors. Despite all our seismic woes, Christchurch has some excellent attractions for visitors. From next Monday it gets even better.
The Gondola official opening will be on April 19.