3 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:3 hrs
Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch. Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city center with its historic buildings and architecture. Visit the seaside suburb of Sumner, and travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps. Choose either a morning or afternoon departure, and upgrade to include the Intentional Antarctic Center.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive sightseeing tour of Christchurch
  • Wander the beautiful landscape of Mona Vale Gardens
  • See historic buildings and architecture
  • Travel through seaside suburb of Sumner
  • Spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps
  • International Antarctic Center (if option selected)

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What You Can Expect

Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour with optional International Antarctic Center Admission

Sign of the Takahe

The tour commences by covering the central city highlights including the Botanical Gardens, Museum and Art Centre, Avon River and the Bridge of Remembrance.

Then leave the inner city and drivel to Mona Vale, a historic homestead and gardens. Here you will have time to take a short stroll within the 5.5 hectares of richly landscaped gardens, ponds and fountains.

Next, travel up to ’Sign of the Takahe’ a historical building nestled atop the Cashmere Hills, with spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps. Journey back to the city to the Port of Lyttleton, through the harbour tunnel to the seaside suburb of Sumner and cave rock before returning to the central city where the tour will conclude.

Optional upgrade:

Why not combine the Christchurch Sightseeing tour with admission into the International Antarctic Center. The center recreates the atmosphere of Antarctica with a Snow and Ice Experience, the Blue Penguin Encounter and an exhilarating Hagglung ride. This option only available for the morning departure and will add an additional two-hours to your sightseeing tour.

Customer Reviews

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Paul C
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

Very nice tour through the city and up to the lookout and the harbour. Wouldn't recommend the Antarctic Centre unless you have children with you.

Suzanne
Australia

4 star rating: Recommended April 2010

I have done this tour before but had not done the Antarctic Center, which was fantastic.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2010

Fairly basic tour of Christchurch and nearby areas. It could be better, but it covers most of the key sights.

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2015

Good

Kenneth A
Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2010

The bus driver did not communicate very well what there was to see in Christchurch other than lots of suburbs and shops. There was no information on tourism, history or information about Christchurch.

John V
Netherlands

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better August 2010

We thought we would stop for longer periods of time at more places.

Ray L
Australia

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2010

The guide was difficult to understand - he had a heavy English accent. His knowledge of Christchurch was very good, if you could understand him. He was polite but did not have any enthusiasm for his job. It is just a job for him. He said that his job is truck driving. Unfortunately, I was not very happy with the tour operator. As we were the only couple to take the optional International Antarctic Center admission, the guide wanted us to make our own way back to our accommodation. We were not happy about this. We were picked up from our accommodation in the first place! When I asked what public transport would take us back to our accommodation, the guide did not know - he just expected to leave us at the Antarctic Centre to make our own way back to our lodgings in a strange country! The guide then contacted who I presumed to be his boss and said he would pick us up in 2 hours and take us back to our accommodation. He did do this. This tour left a sour taste with us.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this June 2013

The bus we travelled around in had broken rear suspension and we bounced around very uncomfortably. The bus was dirty and needed some inside fixtures repaired. The driver was friendly but appeared disinterested. Christchurch is still devastated from the 2011 earthquake and there is not much to see as the driver kept pointing out where buildings had once been. Very disappointing tour.

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