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Discover Christchurch Tour

Rolleston Avenue | Canterbury Museum, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-385 5775
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Enjoy a fun and informative Christchurch City tour on-board our classic 1960's London double decker buses. First, take a one hour highlights tour of the 'must see' central city attractions aboard the open-top double-decker bus. Our local drivers provide an entertaining and informative commentary along the route highlighting various points of interest including the Arts Centre, Hagley Park and Botanical gardens, Cathedral Square, Re:Start Container Mall, New Regent Street, Margaret Mahy playground and much more. Learn about the history of Christchurch including the vision to rebuild and restore the city following the 2011 earthquake. Once your central city tour is completed you then board a closed-top double decker bus and spend 2 hours exploring the outer suburbs of Christchurch. We visit the spectacular Mona Vale Gardens and then journey up the Port Hills to enjoy incredible views of the city, mountains and ocean. Next we take a scenic drive out to the seaside village of Sumner and take time to enjoy an ice-cream or walk along the beach before returning to the city.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Rolleston Avenue | Canterbury Museum, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3-385 5775
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Awesome tour, guide was very knowledgable and made the tour, would definitely recommend it to any first time visitors to Christchurch

Thank Justin H
Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

We went on the 3 hour tour which started as the one hour city tour around the CBD. Our guide John was very informative and friendly. Was sad to see the damage from the quakes but also nice to see the rebuilding. We then went...More

Thank teeksseeks27
HassleFreeToursNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2016

Thank you for joining us on our double decker bus tour. As you say, it is a contrast of sadness seeing the damage but also it's fantastic to see the new building and development going on in the city centre. It sounds like both John...More

Reviewed 11 February 2016

It is good to have a live commentary rather than a canned version. One hour tour provides a useful introduction for what was a short stay in Christchurch. Crammed a lot of information into 60 minutes but for 35 dollars you expect it to be...More

Thank PeterRand
HassleFreeToursNZ, Front Office Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review our Tour Peter. There certainly is quite a story to tell in Christchurch and we are very proud of our City Guides who keep their commentary current and interesting. Operating the only Open Top Double Decker bus...More

Reviewed 5 February 2016

The tour included an hour in an open-top double-decker bus around the CBD - amazing views of the earthquake damage and rebuild. From there, the tour went on to Mona Vale which is a home to historic homes and gardens, Sumner - a beach area,...More

Thank 911deb
Reviewed 24 January 2016

This tour was recommended to us by the staff at the Top 10 Holiday Park as a great way to see the devastation in and around Christchurch following the earthquake. We booked the 3hr tour the day before through the reception desk at the holiday...More

Thank electrickev
Reviewed 6 April 2015

I took the 3.5 hour bus tour, which started with an open-top one-hour trip around the city centre. Very informative, especially to hear about the plans for rebuilding the earthquake-ravaged city. Live, not recorded, commentary - which is a bonus. The second part of the...More

Thank ExpectMore
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Double decker bus1hour tour was fantastic. Very informative. Remember the sunscreen and jumper. Highly recommend

Thank Leishh
Reviewed 4 March 2015

We booked the 3.5 hour tour. It started with an open bus tour of the main sights in Christchurch. Very in depth interesting commentary about the earthquake and which buildings survived, which ones are in discussion with insurance claims etc. thus tour lasted an hour....More

Thank Jill G
Reviewed 28 February 2015

The best way to learn more about the earth quake and the history of the city itself. Very competent and funny tour guide who tells you his personal experience swell as interesting stories about the history and rebuilt of the city.

Thank alexYphil
Reviewed 28 January 2015

Our family of 4 (2 teenage boys 13 & 16) paid the busdriver and hopped on the open-topped double decker bus, located outside the Canterbury Museum in Chch (departs on the hour in summer). It was a lovely sunny day but I found the seats...More

Thank Bron R
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8 May 2017|
Response from HassleFreeToursNZ | Property representative |
Kia Ora, The tour departs from outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Ave. Please be aware that this tour is operating its winter hours at the moment and departs daily at 10am and 2pm. We look forward to seeing you on... More