Last week on a beautiful summery Christchurch day, a friend and I decided to ride up on the Gondola for coffee.  Catching up at the Summit Café, while surrounded by 360 degree stunning views of Lyttelton Harbour, the city, mountains and the sweep of Pegasus Bay towards Kaikoura, was well worth the 20 minute cablecar commute each way.

Let’s face it, the Port Hills are a cherished playground for Christchurch people – and we watched cyclists and walkers making the most of it on the trails around the hilltop. The gondola ride was exceedingly gentle and decidedly rural. It’s fantastic that within a stone’s throw of the CBD you can see sheep grazing!

A pretty cool morning out.  Next time, I’m taking my mountain bike and doing the trails!

It’s easy and just a little bit different to add the Summit Café to your regular coffee stops – with my Welcome Aboard Annual Pass I have unlimited gondola rides throughout the year.