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Address: Rolleston Avenue | Canterbury Museum, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3 385 5775
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Enjoy a fun and informative Christchurch City tour on-board our classic...

Enjoy a fun and informative Christchurch City tour on-board our classic 1960's London double decker buses.

First, take a one hour highlights tour of the 'must see' central city attractions aboard the open-top double-decker bus. Our local drivers provide an entertaining and informative commentary along the route highlighting various points of interest including the Arts Centre, Hagley Park and Botanical gardens, Cathedral Square, Re:Start Container Mall, New Regent Street, Margaret Mahy playground and much more. Learn about the history of Christchurch including the vision to rebuild and restore the city following the 2011 earthquake.

Once your central city tour is completed you then board a closed-top double decker bus and spend 2 hours exploring the outer suburbs of Christchurch. We visit the spectacular Mona Vale Gardens and then journey up the Port Hills to enjoy incredible views of the city, mountains and ocean. Next we take a scenic drive out to the seaside village of Sumner and take time to enjoy an ice-cream or walk along the beach before returning to the city.

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Great, but bookings could improve

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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,... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Public Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Kia Ora and thank you for your honest review of our City Tours. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the commentary and tour, and appreciate your comments regarding preferential seating. All pre-paid/booked customers are allowed onto the bus first and those who are collected on the way into town are all pre-paid. Once we arrive at the Rolleston Avenue collection... More 

London
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28 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

There are two options, a one hour tour of the City Centre on an open top bus and an extended tour adding another two hours of the wider Christchurch area. The cost of the former was $35 and the latter $69. We opted for the former because it was a warm day and we did not feel like sitting on... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Public Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and review. We are extremely disappointed to hear that we did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We do work hard to ensure our tour route covers all the 'must see' sights and that our commentary is entertaining and informative. Each driver has their own unique style and delivers interesting facts about the wider... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

I have to admit to being a little skeptical about the value of this tour before attending. I am so pleased we did this. Our driver/guide, Adrian, was absolutely magnificent as he drove us around providing a live narration of what we were seeing. Offering both a reflective look back at the history of the mostly lost old city, but... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Public Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your honest review of our Discover Christchurch 3 hr tour. We are thrilled that you enjoyed exploring Christchurch with Adrian and learning all about our heritage. We hope you enjoyed your time in New Zealand and wish you all the best for a safe journey home! Warm regards, from all our team here at Hassle-free Tours.... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Excellent drivers and guides. (Brian, Scott and Steve.) THe men made for a great fun tour with lots of information about the town and it's history. Fantastic classic red double decker London buses ensures you dont miss a thing! So much to see and experience. Great in any weather...nice in dry weather but the buses are all weather. Beautiful city... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Public Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your honest review of our Discover Christchurch 3 hr tour. We are thrilled that you enjoyed exploring Christchurch with us and learning all about our heritage. We hope to welcome you back another time. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Warm regards, from all our team here at Hassle-free Tours. :) More 

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74 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Take the Discover Christchurch 3- hr tour by Hasslefree tours which includes the 1-hr central city tour. Regular tour price is $69 but reserve through bookme.co.nz to get it for $39. Board the Old double decker London Transport bus and its a feel in itself. Live commentary in the bus takes you through the city lanmarks and explains the glory... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Public Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your honest review of our Discover Christchurch 3 hr tour. We are thrilled that you enjoyed exploring Christchurch with us and learning all about our heritage. We hope to welcome you back another time. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Warm regards, from all our team here at Hassle-free Tours. :) More 

Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

The 3hr tour started with a 1hr trip thru Christchurch city. Only a small number were on the tour which was good for photos. The tour stops at a couple of locations to enable You to take decent snaps. The guide, Andre was knowledgeable. After the hour, those continuing on for the 3hr tour hopped off the open top bus... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Public Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your honest review of our Discover Christchurch 3 hr tour. We are delighted that you enjoyed exploring Christchurch with us and hope you managed to capture some spectacular photos of our beautiful city. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Warm regards, from all our team here at Hassle-free Tours. :) More 

Picton, New Zealand
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

We had the whole bus to ourselves! We sat up the top in the very front. Steve our guide was doing excellent commentary and was very informative and humorous. He made the trip so much more enjoyable by doing a live commentary instead of the prerecorded narration some tours have. We had a look at the new bus terminal, the... More 

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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Awesome tour, guide was very knowledgable and made the tour, would definitely recommend it to any first time visitors to Christchurch

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Sydney, Australia
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82 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

We went on the 3 hour tour which started as the one hour city tour around the CBD. Our guide John was very informative and friendly. Was sad to see the damage from the quakes but also nice to see the rebuilding. We then went continued for the next 2 hours with a different driver, cant remember his name, but... More 

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Guest Relations Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on our double decker bus tour. As you say, it is a contrast of sadness seeing the damage but also it's fantastic to see the new building and development going on in the city centre. It sounds like both John and Carl looked after you and kept you well informed and entertained! We hope you... More 

Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

It is good to have a live commentary rather than a canned version. One hour tour provides a useful introduction for what was a short stay in Christchurch. Crammed a lot of information into 60 minutes but for 35 dollars you expect it to be good.

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HassleFreeToursNZ, Front Office Manager at Discover Christchurch Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our Tour Peter. There certainly is quite a story to tell in Christchurch and we are very proud of our City Guides who keep their commentary current and interesting. Operating the only Open Top Double Decker bus in NZ also offers a great opportunity for premium viewing of sites and developments. Thanks... More 

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