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Kids Go Free in July

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

The school holidays are here and we have some great deals for entertaining the kids. Kids travel for FREE on the Gondola and Tramway, whilst we have a discounted family rate for the jet boat in Hanmer.


Gondola Rides

Email - GondolaValid from Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July 2017 the Gondola is offering up to three children for free with each paying adult between 4-19 July inclusive. With awe-inspiring scenic views on the ride to the top of Mount Cavendish the Gondola is a great way to keep the kids entertained. Children must be 15 years or younger.


Christchurch Tramway

Email - TramDon’t forget up to three children can travel for free when accompanying a paying adult. It’s great value, and there is always something new to see in our rebuilding city centre.

Children must be 15 years or younger.

Jetboat Ride

photoshoped-jet-smallIf you would prefer the thrill of a high-speed jet boat ride, join us for an exciting adventure on the Waiau River on board our Hanmer Springs Jet during the school holidays! We’re offering a discounted family ticket rate of $249 for two adults and up to three children between 4-19 July inclusive. Bookings are essential, so check out our website for further information and and to book your tickets.




Pop into our attractions and visit us these school holidays!

Outdoor Team Building Activities – Corporate Adventure Package

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to organise a team building experience with a difference, look no further than Hanmer Springs Attractions (formerly Thrillseekers Adventures). Escape to our natural alpine playground at Hanmer Springs, just 90 minutes north of Christchurch, and enjoy your pick of our exciting outdoor group activities with a Corporate Thrills Package.

Outdoor fun perfect for groups and teams

Whatever your requirements, our experiences suit a range of group sizes – whether you’re looking for exciting team building activities, a unique corporate hospitality event for your clients, or a company party for the adventurous at heart.

Wide range of adventure activities

From quad biking and bungy jumping to river rafting and paint balling, Hanmer Springs Attractions offers all the outdoor adventure activities that New Zealand is famous for.

Team Building Activities

Get out into alpine country and enjoy our unspoilt Canterbury scenery, crystal clear rivers and rugged terrain from a unique perspective.

Create your perfect group adventure day – find out more here >>

What you need to know:

  • All activities are fully guided by licensed, qualified guides
  • Safety equipment is included
  • Catering can be provided to fit in with your schedule
  • We can provide a Shuttle Service from Christchurch or Hanmer Springs Village to our base

Talk to us and organise the ultimate team building experience today!

Speak to one of our friendly staff members for a quote today.

Call 0800 661 538 or email


Welcome Aboard’s fun school holiday activities!

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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 is back for the school holidays. In conjunction with Kidsfest, we’re offering free entry for up to three children with each paying adult. There are lots of fun things to do at the Gondola’s summit station (along with some amazing views of the city and surrounding areas to take in) such as a short ride about the history of Christchurch (entry is free with your ticket), walking tracks, a gift store with lots of toys – as well as a café for Mum or Dad to get their coffee fix!

Gondola Cable Car

Visit the Gondola for some amazing views of Christchurch and beyond

Did you know that we offer free Tram rides for children all year round? Up to three children can hop on the trams for free with a paying adult, and since Tram tickets last all day they are a great way to explore the central city! Hop on and off the Trams to check out some of the great things to offer along the Tram tracks, such as the popular Imagination Station opposite our Tram Shop in Cathedral Junction, the Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens, various Gap Filler projects (including the Dance-O-Mat), and Mrs Higgins Cookie shop in New Regent Street (which is always a hit with the kids!)

Birney Tram From Invercargill

Our Birney tram, originally from Invercargill, passing Cranmer Square

We’re also bringing back our pre-earthquake Tram Treasure Hunt for the school holidays. Treasure hunt maps can be purchased from our Tram Shop in Cathedral Junction for $5 each, and kids can then fill in the answers to the map’s questions about various sights along the Tram route. Completed maps can be handed back in to our Tram Shop staff for kids to receive some Tram treasure!

If you’re looking to get out of Christchurch and warm up with a soak in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs during the holidays, don’t forget our family Jet Boat special at Thrillseekers Adventures in Hanmer Springs. We’ve knocked $50 off our pricing for this package for the duration of the holidays, bringing it down to $249 for two adults and up to three children. Jet Boat rides are suitable for children aged over 3 years, and kids always enjoy the fast speeds and spins on board courtesy of our experienced Jet Boat drivers!

Jet Boat on Waiau River

High-speed fun on our jet boat at Hanmer Springs

With some great ideas to keep the kids entertained these school holidays, we hope to see some of you from 4-19 July 2015. Check out our website for further information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We hope everyone enjoys their winter school holiday and keeps warm!

Emma, Welcome Aboard

Gently Down the River on the New Hanmer Canoes!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

A river cruise by canoe, less ruffled than a jet boat ride and not as rollicking or drenching as a white water raft dash, is the newest tourist activity available at Hanmer Springs Attractions (formerly Thrillseekers Adventures) near Hanmer Springs.

Hanmer Springs Canoes offers a six-hour self-propelled downstream canoe trip on the famed North Canterbury Waiau River, and promises to satisfy those wishing for a gentler ride over the same course as the more adventurous options.

One is tempted to think of the canoe trip as reminiscent of writer Kenneth Grahame’s famed messing about in boats quote in his The Wind in the Willows.

In fact this canoeing activity is ideally suited for families.

Inflatable Canoes

Our brand new inflatable Hanmer Canoes!

Our inflatable canoes are wide and exceptionally stable. Although participants paddle their own canoes, they will not be alone. A qualified guide will accompany every river trip, and customers will return upstream to the starting point near the historic Ferry Bridge by jetboat.

Here’s what people had to say:

Hanmer Canoes Customer Reviews

About Hanmer Canoes

The cost for the six-hour activity is $189 for adults or $299 for a family, and lunch is included.

Canoe trips are available daily (river conditions permitting) between 10 am and 4 pm.

Find out more and book your canoe adventure today!

Christchurch’s Best Activities in One Ticket!

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Top Christchurch Activities

Welcome Aboard has nailed the ultimate product for visitors to Christchurch. Our new Christchurch Pass is being launched for the approaching summer season, and solves the ‘what shall we do?’ dilemma for visitors by combining the four most sought-after Christchurch attractions in one ticket:

  • Christchurch Tram – a one day ticket to travel on Christchurch’s heritage trams
  • Christchurch Gondola – a return cableway trip to Mount Cavendish’s summit
  • Caterpillar Botanic Gardens Tour – an hour-long guided shuttle tour through Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens
  • Punting on the Avon – a relaxing 30–minute punt ride along the river Avon

The cost* for the Christchurch Pass is $75 per adult, $25 per child and $175 per family (two adults and up to three children), and represents a significant discount on the usual cost of entry to the four attractions.

Another bonus is free travel on Welcome Aboard’s Gondola Shuttle bus between the city and the Christchurch Gondola, with a return ticket included in the Christchurch Pass. The usual shuttle cost is $10.00 per adult.

And the Christchurch Pass does not have to be used within a frantic time frame. Visitors to the city can choose to either visit all four attractions in one day, or choose to visit the attractions during their stay in Christchurch (or when returning to the city from another destination during their New Zealand vacation).

Christchurch Passes are available for purchase online, at the four attractions, or from our office at the Tramway. Tickets will also be sold at the i-SITE information centre.

The Christchurch Pass is the key to the ideal Christchurch discovery experience, and is already proving to be extremely popular so far this summer!

*Please note prices are correct at time of publication.

Welcome Aboard Embraces Heritage Week

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Christchurch Heritage Week 2014 (17 – 27 October) is an opportunity to connect with our past, appreciate the present, and ponder the future. Welcome Aboard’s attractions are ideally relevant to celebrating Christchurch’s heritage. Our historic city trams and Botanic Gardens tour will be to the fore on Sunday 19 October, dubbed ‘A day of family fun’.

And fun it will be with free Christchurch Tram rides and Botanic Gardens Caterpillar tours between 11 am and 3 pm. Three Outwits (wacky conductors) plan to board the trams at the Museum stop from 11 am, and will rotate between all three trams until 3 pm.

The trams will be the ideal heritage tour connection between the Botanic Gardens Kids Zone and the New Regent Street Retro Zone.

Christchurch Tram - New Regent Street

The historic Christchurch Tram passes the beautiful heritage buildings of New Regent Street

Joe Bennett, the popular Wednesday Press columnist, will be storytelling on a selected tram. Storytelling will be during two round trips between Cathedral Junction and Canterbury Museum. Passengers can join the storytelling tram at Cathedral Junction. Bookings must be made through Christchurch City Libraries (sponsors of the event) for either of the storytelling tram rides departing Cathedral Junction at 12.54 pm and 1.30 pm.

‘Tales on the Caterpillar’, aimed at four to six year olds, will depart from outside the i-SITE information centre (close to the Peacock Fountain) at 11 am and 11.45 am. Bookings can be made through Christchurch City Libraries (phone 941 7923), as numbers are strictly limited.

Caterpillar Bus Among Tulips

The Botanic Gardens Caterpillar Tour bus is a popular family attraction.

Throughout Heritage Week, present a Heritage Week voucher (found on page 8 of the official Beca programme) to receive generous discounts at Welcome Aboard’s Gondola Shop at the Top, Punting on the Avon or Botanic Gardens Caterpillar Tour.

Come and join us for Christchurch Heritage Week!

Bungee or Bungy?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Adventure tourism has almost the same excitement for the spectator as the participant.  It is especially good for the camera-wielding blog-writing spectator such as myself.  But penning a few words about people who jump off the Waiau Ferry Bridge at Hanmer Springs Attractions, my spell-checker became confused with the spelling of ‘bungy’ – or is it ‘bungee?’

Here’s the rundown.  Both are correct.  But ‘bungy’ is the correct term for Hanmer Springs Attractions.

‘Bungee’ was coined by the English-based Oxford Dangerous Sports Club.  The first bungee jump was made on April 1, 1979 from the impressive 76 m-high Clifton Suspension Bridge spanning Bristol’s Avon Gorge.

Inspired by the event, two Kiwi guys, AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, created a commercial version of jumping from great heights near Queenstown in 1988.  With help from scientists at the Auckland University, they developed their elastic cord and called their new adrenalin-rush activity, ‘Bungy.’

Against expectations, their new tourist activity caught on and became a draw-card for Adventure Tourism in New Zealand.  Bungy had been put on the world map the previous year when Hackett jumped (illegally) from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.  He was arrested soon after but the event proved to be a very successful publicity stunt.

Hanmer Springs Attractions has a worthy souvenir shop at its headquarters idyllically overlooking the Waiau River and nearby Ferry Bridge.  Hanmer Springs Attraction’s  boss, Neil Duncan, is a dab hand at the coffee machine.  On the counter I spotted short lengths of the 4 cm-thick bungy cord for sale ($4).  Neil tells me elastic cords are retired after 500 jumps and recycled as chopped sections for souvenirs.  My piece of bungy cord certainly makes an excellent curiosity for visitors.