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

Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

Tour the highlights of central Christchurch aboard an open-top double-decker bus, then swap the classic London-style Routemaster for a bus with a closed top. Venture outside the city center to see views from the Port Hills, stroll the Mona Vale Gardens and stop at a beach in Sumner. Your 3-hour sightseeing tour also covers Christchurch’s top landmarks, including Hagley Park, the Bridge of Remembrance and New Regent Street. Listen to live commentary and learn about city history and recovery efforts since the 2011 earthquake. 


  • 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

Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

You’re picked up in central Christchurch, where you’ll take a seat on a traditional red Routemaster before departing the city center for its outskirts on a second vehicle.

Throughout the 1-hour city tour, hear live narration on board an open-top London-style double-decker bus that provides optimal viewing of the city sights. Your driver-guide points out key attractions such as Hagley Park, the Bridge of Remembrance and New Regent Street, and details the city's history, including recovery after the 2011 earthquake that devastated much of New Zealand’s second most populous city. 

Afterward, board a closed-top vintage double-decker bus for a 2-hour tour of the greater Christchurch area. Travel to the Sumner seaside, stopping for free time on the beach with views of the spectacular Southern Alps. Enjoy more vistas of the Canterbury Plains at the Port Hills, then make a final stop for a stroll around the lovely landscapes of Mona Vale Gardens, before returning to the city center where your tour ends.

Customer Reviews

Toni J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Christchurch has been through so much with the devastating earthquakes the last few years, this was a really good way to and appreciate the rebirth of this beautiful city.

Georgina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A good way to get your bearings. Great guide.

Andrew K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The open top was good. Good explanations about the town on how they have recovered from the earthquakes from 4 years ago. On the cover bed bus, I was the only passenger on it so was quite personal when I was speaking to Carl and getting explanations

Alvin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great tour great service

David H

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

Vikas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Fantastic tour about the history of the city

Margaret G

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!!!!!!!!

Steven T

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!

Paul T

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.

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