Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus

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Christchurch Sightseeing Tour by Classic Double-Decker Bus
from AUD $37.69
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 our 1 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!
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In Brief

Ashburton, New Zealand
New Zealand
1 to 2 days
Important InfoInfo
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! 


  • 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

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

Departure Point

Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • 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

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.92 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2020
This tour is by far the BEST way to see the city!! I highly recommend it!!
• Submitted 28 Oct 2017
Our driver and guide made this trip with lots of local knowledge and some great banter
• Submitted 28 Oct 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.
• Submitted 13 Sep 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.
• Submitted 20 May 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.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2017
This was a really informative trip and gave us the opportunity to see more of Christchurch than we would have done. The 2 guides were very good and were happy to answer questions.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
Great tour guide. We were amazed at how much destruction there was in Christchurch after the earthquakes. They are rebuilding. We stopped for ice cream which was great, too. Highly recommend taking the full tour not just the downtown one
• Submitted 31 Oct 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.
• Submitted 21 Jul 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.
• Submitted 20 Apr 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.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2016
just great
• Submitted 21 Feb 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.
• Submitted 04 Feb 2016
A good way to get your bearings. Great guide.
• Submitted 30 Dec 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
• Submitted 26 Nov 2015
• Submitted 30 Nov 2015
great tour great service
• Submitted 12 Nov 2015
So glade we did this tour, the Double Decker buses were great with a wonderful view, well worth the money
• Submitted 29 Apr 2015
Fantastic tour about the history of the city
• Submitted 22 Feb 2015
Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the driver but was excellent. We had a very insightful commentary on where Christchurch is at at the moment and it brought out al sorts of emotions and ideas. The driver did an excellent job showing us the inter city and what is happening etc. As my father in law and I were the only ones on the bus for the second part, we were taken by request, to Sumner, Redcliffs, stopped for a cuppa and the driver then took us up some hills. We had frequent stops to view the city and surrounds and to see, first hand the devastatin that Canterbury has suffered. We had lots explained. A wonderful Christchurch experience. My thoughts are that the council/government should get on with the housing and the sports fields and cathedral,can wait!!!!!!!!
• Submitted 22 May 2014
gorgeous day for riding on the open upper deck. very interesting seeing what still has to be done nearly 4 years after the first quake to make the city whole again!
• Submitted 24 Feb 2014
Great Experience. An open air trip through the city was great. It was great to see how they are rebuilding. Well Done!! Following that a closed tour to the outskirts and seaside towns then up the mountain for spectacular views. Returning to the city on time. Our guide was informative as well as entertaining.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2014
Great way to see and learn about the sights of the city. The guide was great - very friendly and knowledgeable.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
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
• Submitted 25 Mar 2017

In Brief

Ashburton, New Zealand
New Zealand
1 to 2 days