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Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

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    What to Expect
    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 Tour Route includes the Canterbury 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.

    Discover Tour Route includes the Canterbury 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 both tour routes and SAVE. 48 Hour Combo pass includes FREE Quake City Museum Tour. There is no better way to spend a day in Christchurch! 
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue
    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 departs at 4pm from Stop 1 – Canterbury Museum

    Winter (1 May – 31 Oct): Last bus departs at 2pm from Stop 1 - Canterbury Museum

    • Discover Tour (Blue Line) Tour Duration: 2 Hours

    Summer (1 Nov – 31 Apr): 9am, 12pm, 3pm

    Winter (1 May – 31 Oct): 3pm

    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Transport by Double-Decker Bus
    • Hop on hop off service
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This was just ok. The driver was very friendly and did all his own commentary which was good. The tour was a bit underwhelming, though. We arrived quite early for the first circuit but a big group got on too - it was prearranged - so there was no room for us and we had to wait
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    Did the tour today, great tour friendly personable drivers, loved the interaction, really enjoyed it.
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    I always do one of these tours when I visit a city. It’s a great orientation. I have done at least 20 over the last 10 years and this is possibly the only one I can remember where the driver does a personalised commentary. So nice to not have a recorded (and monotonous)
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    Kris was great tour guide. He was very nice and provided lots of information about Christchurch throughout the entire tour! I love the hop on hop off because you can leave and come back on the bus at your convenience and enjoy all the stops. My husband and I had a nice time in
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    Our bus driver Ross? Was full of local knowledge and dad jokes. It made for a great day traveling around the city in the warmth of the bus and under a warm blanket! It's a great way to see and learn about the city.
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