Discover Christchurch Sightseeing Tour With Optional International Antarctic Center Admission

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    9am - Morning tour, 1:30pm - Afternoon tour, Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Return Details :
    Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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.


  • Local guide
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hagglund ride (if option selected)


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Wheelchair accessible

Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller

Service animals allowed

Public transportation options are available nearby

Infants are required to sit on an adults lap

Transportation options are wheelchair accessible

Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

Traveler Reviews

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  • 28-Mar-2023

    I'm so glad I booked this tour! I traveled to Christchurch on my own and while I have friends there, I still wanted to go on an official tour to learn more about the city. First of all, the company itself is incredibly accommodating and helped me switch the date of my tour once I realized I had a conflict with my original booking. I was picked up at the hotel by Scotty in a very comfortable van and he immediately helped me feel welcomed. He was very knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions. I got to see the city from a perspective I'm sure I wouldn't have been able to had I tried doing all the exploring on my own. I also definitely recommend adding the stop at the Antarctic Center!

  • 28-Mar-2023

    This is a lovely tour that gives you a good overview of the city. The guide was professional, informative and good fun.

  • 08-Mar-2023

    We enjoyed a fantastic half day tour with Scotty our VERY informative driver and guide. He is so knowledgeable and gave us lots of interesting and relevant facts and details. We were fortunate to have a fine day and his commentary made the whole experience unforgettable. Also made us more sensitive and sympathetic to those who suffer due to earthquakes and other calamities. Thank you, Scotty !

  • 22-Feb-2023

    Joseph our guide was excellent. He went out of his way to educate and show us the city. He answered all of our questions on both tweets city and the country.

  • 19-Jan-2023

    Christchurch experienced a devastating earthquake in 2010 which closed the city for 2 years and forced hundreds of homeowners to sell their property back to the government to minimize future flooding and damage. The town is just starting to get back to normal but there is still a lot of work to rebuild the city back to its former glory. There tour of the city shows the devastation from the 2010 earthquake and how the city is starting to come back to life.

  • 02-Dec-2022

    Scotty, the tour guide was excellent. Wonderful tour of the area and lots of information. Especially the information about the earthquake and the rebuild. The Only reason we didn’t give it five stars was that Viators description was very confusing, how they listed the tour and the duration. .We thought we were doing a city tour for 3 1/2 hours. The optional tour, to the Antarctica information center, was apparently included, and NOT optional, and the total tour was actually over eight hours… But our ticket nor the tour description reflected that. Caveat emptor…and Viator, please make these things more clear.

  • 22-Nov-2022

    We didn't get onto the trip as the time was changed without telling us! Our trip was booked for 1.30pm but when we arrived at the designated departure point there was no-one there. We had no wifi or phone coverage but luckily the staff at the Local Information Centre telephoned the Company, only to be told that we had missed the tour, it left at 9.45 am!. Leisure Tours were most unhelpful. The Tourist Information Staff took the full details and offered to follow-up and investigate. Reported to Viator and awaiting a response.

  • 21-Nov-2022

    The Tour driver was fantastic, I think when its a rainy day you should cancel. We did not see much of Christchurch do to bad weather. Tour guide attempted everything.

  • 18-Nov-2022

    Our guide Sally was lovely and admiited straight off she was relatively new. She did not need to say that as her own personal insights were brilliant and not from the tour book. In fact given the events of 2011, her words gave a realistic account of what happened. A few turns around the CBD then to the gardens followed by a trip through the burbs and up the hill to the Takahe look out. A great view. Then up and over the top and down to Lyttelton round the coast to Sumner and the back to town. Would recommend it. Back in CBD on time. Great to do if only in town for a few days as we were. Sally is a real character.

  • 28-Oct-2022

    Enjoyed a running commentary by the driver Kevin going round Christchurch and seeing the rebuilding and flattened buildings the museum was very interesting the Antarctic section brilliant.

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