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