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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Best Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

On this 3-hour sightseeing tour, see the sights of central Christchurch aboard New Zealand’s only open-top double-decker bus tour, and then see greater Christchurch on a tour by closed-top double-decker bus. First up, you'll travel around Christchurch in style on board a classic Routemaster double-decker bus, seeing top city attractions like Hagley Park, the Bridge of Remembrance and New Regent Street as you learn about the city's recovery from the 2011 earthquake.Then you'll leave the city center and head to the seaside at Sumner, to the Port Hills for panoramic views and to the beautiful Mona Vale Gardens


  • Christchurch sightseeing tour by double-decker bus
  • Enjoy a one-hour tour of central Christchurch on an open-top double-decker bus
  • Learn about the city’s recovery from the 2011 earthquake
  • See greater Christchurch on a two-hour closed-top double-decker bus tour
  • Visit the beach at Sumner, the Port Hills and Mona Vale Gardens
  • Listen to a live commentary

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What You Can Expect

Best Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

After boarding your traditional, London-style, red double-decker bus in central Christchurch, enjoy fabulous views as you tour the city center for one hour. Listen to interesting onboard commentary detailing the city's history, from pioneering days to the recovery efforts following the February 2011 earthquake.

Then, transfer from your open-top bus to a closed-top vintage double-decker bus for your 2-hour tour of the greater Christchurch area. The tour takes you to the seaside at Sumner, with a stop to enjoy time on the beach while you soak up the spectacular views that include the Southern Alps.

Travel up to the Port Hills for more views over the city, as well as the Canterbury Plains to the Alps, and then stop by Mona Vale Gardens to take a stroll around some of the city's loveliest gardens.

You'll then be returned to the starting point, where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

So glade we did this tour, the Double Decker buses were great with a wonderful view, well worth the money

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Fantastic tour about the history of the city

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the driver but was excellent. We had a very insightful commentary on where Christchurch is at at the moment and it brought out al sorts of emotions and ideas. The driver did an excellent job showing us the inter city and what is happening etc. As my father in law and I were the only ones on the bus for the second part, we were taken by request, to Sumner, Redcliffs, stopped for a cuppa and the driver then took us up some hills. We had frequent stops to view the city and surrounds and to see, first hand the devastatin that Canterbury has suffered. We had lots explained. A wonderful Christchurch experience. My thoughts are that the council/government should get on with the housing and the sports fields and cathedral,can wait!!!!!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

gorgeous day for riding on the open upper deck.
very interesting seeing what still has to be done nearly 4 years after the first quake to make the city whole again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great Experience. An open air trip through the city was great. It was great to see how they are rebuilding. Well Done!! Following that a closed tour to the outskirts and seaside towns then up the mountain for spectacular views. Returning to the city on time. Our guide was informative as well as entertaining.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

The tour was great and the commentary on both coaches was very good we felt as if we were with old friends and were especially grateful to be dropped off at our accommodation - a nice very much appreciated end to our tour.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

A very informative tour of city centre, with a very compelling story. We'll done.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

A great way of seeing the sites of Christchurch at a reasonable cost.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

The reconstruction tour was both informative and heartwarming.

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Despite the destruction of the city by the 2011 earthquake, the guide made the tour iinteresting.

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