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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Meryl D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing - I have lived in Christchurch most of my life yet I really enjoyed the city part of the tour including the walk through Mona Vale. I had Australian family with me who had never been to NZ before and we were really surprised when the bus went up Evans Pass Rd to the top, then came down through Mt Pleasant and St Andrew's Hill. The commentary was excellent but a little hard to hear above the noise of the engine.

Stephen W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A brilliant tour not only of Christchurch itself but also the surrounding areas in a lovely old London Routemaster RM bus. We went merrily up hills and down dales in the Bus, luckily they have put in a reinforced engine to the one we were on, as we certainly chugged up and down with the bus working very hard. Lovely commentaries both inside Christchurch on an open-topped bus and then afterwards changing buses to a closed-topped RM for the views around the bar and environs.
Be warned - Christchurch is still looking rather poorly after all the earthquake activity over the past few years. They are working hard to restore it, but there is plenty of work still to do and plenty to see and hear about on this brilliant tour.

Sandra O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

If you are in Christchurch you have to do this tour. We ha not really appreciated how much of the city was destroyed 5 years ago. They are doing a great job rebuilding. If you go before next January make sure you visit the restart mall, you will see just how resilient people can be.

raymond b M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

just great

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

Excellent

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

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