Christchurch Sightseeing Tour By Classic Double-Decker Bus

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    Central Tour (Red Line) Frequency: Every 60 minutes Year-round (1 Jan – 31 Dec): First bus departs at 10am from Stop 1 – Canterbury Museum Summer (1 Nov – 30 Apr): Last bus depart.. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


These Hop on Hop Off 'Soaring Kiwi Tours' are the very best way to experience the 'magic' of Christchurch! With a mix of open and closed top double-decker buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.See first-hand the exciting rebuild that is taking place after the devastating 2011 earthquakes. Enjoy fantastic views from the top deck of our double decker-buses, while being entertained by the commentary from our local Kiwi guides. Chose from our1 hour Central Tour Route or 2 hour Discover Route or for the complete tour take advantage of the savings with our Combo Tour Pass. 48 Hour Combo Passes also include free entry to Quake city!


Know More about this tour

Central Tour:
The Central Tour red loop is operated on an open top double decker bus and is a one hour long tour, or you can choose to spend all day hopping on and off at the different stops along the way. On this tour you will see how the earthquakes have completely changed the Christchurch central city landscape and you will see and learn about the exciting rebuild, which is now well underway.

Central TourRoute includes theCanterbury Museum, Mona vale,Westfield riccarton Mall,Cardboard Cathedral,Christchurch Catholic Basilica,Margaret Mahy Playground,Cathedral square, and Earthquake Memorial/The Terrace.

Discover Tour:
The Discover Tour blue loop is a two hour tour operated on a Classic London closed roof double decker bus. This tour travels into the red zone which is a residential area where more than 6000 homes were demolished after the earthquakes.

Your guide will talk about the many exciting opportunities that are being explored to redevelop this area. The
tour then heads out to the beautiful seaside area of Sumner where you will have time to enjoy an ice cream on the beach, before heading to the Port hills to enjoy breathtaking views over the city, Canterbury plains and out to the Southern Alps.

DiscoverTourRoute includes theCanterbury Museum,Residential Red Zone, Sumner Village, and the Sign of the takahe/Port hills.

Combo Tour Pass (Central Tour + Discover Tour):
Explore the very best that Christchurch has to offer with one fantastic combo pass. Enjoy bothtour routesand SAVE. 48 Hour Combo pass includes FREE Quake city Museum Tour. There is no better way to spend a day in Christchurch!



Live commentary on board

Transport by Double-Decker Bus

Hop on hop off service


Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

2 children (0-14yrs) may ride free with an accompanied adult.

We reserve the right to use an alternative vehicle than is advertised, without prior notice, due to unforeseen circumstances, including health & safety or mechanical concerns.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please bring a printed copy of this ticket

Traveler Reviews

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  • 20-Feb-2020

    Great old london bus trip around Christchurch with guide commentary. About an hour to complete the circuit and get a good flavour of the area.

  • 06-Jan-2020

    Great way to see and learn about the sights of the city. The guide was great - very friendly and knowledgeable.

  • 28-Oct-2017

    Our driver and guide made this trip with lots of local knowledge and some great banter

  • 28-Oct-2017

    This tour is by far the BEST way to see the city!! I highly recommend it!!

  • 13-Sep-2017

    A first-class tour. I did the 1-hour city tour and it was interesting to hear all the facts about the earthquakes that decimated the city in 45 seconds. I then went on the 2-hour tour of the suburbs. This too was interesting - earthquake related but also a great commentary on the existence of NZ. Driver was knowledgeable and personable.

  • 12-Sep-2017

    It was very hot and they they changed buses in the middle of the tour. It was not very well run.

  • 20-May-2017

    This tour was great... informative and affordable for 3 hours. The best part of the tour was Karl, our driver and guide who was so knowledgeable about the city and how the earthquakes affected it, and the rebuild project. We did an hours tour of the city, took a walk through the beautiful Mona Valentine's Gardens, went up to Cashmere Hills for a birds eye view of the city and ended the tour with a visit to Sumner Beach. I felt I had a good knowledge of the city and a bit about its history and a greater understanding of how the earthquakes affected the city.

  • 25-Mar-2017

    We did both the one-hour city highlights and the two-hour which turned into nearly three-hour tour of surrounding areas.
    Very knowledgeable and entertaining guide
    Good itinerary and coverage
    Good value for money
    - Pre-paid/pre-booked customers should be let on the bus first - and not have to compete for seating with those that arrive on the day, but may have been picked up earlier. On the city tour, the bus was actually over-booked due to earlier pick-ups. We had pre-booked, but were seated in two very bad seats with poor vision and poor comfort

  • 14-Feb-2017

    Excellent tour around Christchurch. We only had 2 full days to visit the area and this for the bill perfectly. The guide knew his stuff thoroughly. Would recommend this to one anyone who wants to learn about how Christchurch is recovering from the earthquake.

  • 12-Feb-2017

    This tour certainly provides lots of information on the earthquake and history of New Zealand's origins so well worth the money. Unfortunately we had mechanical problems that caused quite a delay but the Bus Driver did his best to keep us entertained. The Double Decker Bus is a great way to see the after effects of the earthquake from 2011. Christchurch is a big area to get around so taking this tour gives you a good chance to see as much as possible in a short time.

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