Interesting Facts About Christchurch

One of our favourite tours to run is the Discover Christchurch city tour, where one of our friendly and fun guides shares facts and history about our great city while you admire the view from one of our restored double-decker buses.  Christchurch sightseeing has never been more fun!

Double Decker bus tourOne of the comments we hear a lot, especially from locals, is how much new information they learned about the city.  There are plenty of interesting stories to tell about Christchurch (which is one of the reasons we think everyone should check out our Discover Christchurch tour).

Here are just a few interesting facts about Christchurch that might inspire you to dig a little deeper into the city’s history:

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Open top double-decker resumes Christchurch tours

New Zealand’s only open top double-decker bus resumes its tours around Christchurch this week as its owners celebrate an award winning first year of operation.

Mark and Nikki Gilbert, who together run Hassle-free Tours, brought the distinctive 1964 Routemaster bus to Christchurch last year and it, along with a closed top double-decker, has proved a big hit with visitors to the city.

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5 Amazing Lord of the Rings Filming Locations

Just a few more months until Peter Jackson’s newest movie, The Hobbit, comes out.  We can’t wait to see Mr. Jackson’s interpretation of Tolkien’s story, as well as the always-stunning New Zealand landscape starring as Middle Earth.  We expect the film will give us a good reminder to appreciate the surreal and diverse landscapes in our backyard.

All of the excitement over The Hobbit has got us thinking about the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and we’ve come up with a list of our five favourite Lord of the Rings filming locations.  Check out our picks and let us know which sites you’d love to visit the most.
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Christchurch and Canterbury Tours: Weka Pass Railway

Hassle Free Tours has developed a number of new tours in Christchurch and Canterbury to expand their range of offerings and provide the perfect excursion for corporate, team building and private group travel. After travelling in the recently restored historic double decker bus operated by Hassle Free Tours, you will be able to sit back and relax on a historic railway experience that transports you back in time. Boarding a vintage steam powered locomotive, the train will meander along nearly thirteen kilometres of scenic beauty through the Weka Pass; where the unique limestone rock formations are a wonder in themselves.

The Weka Pass railway has a history dating back to the late 1800’s, where large amount of limestone and clay materials were removed by hand to create the railway that still exists today. The section of the railway that passes though Weka Pass has a much younger history; being completed just over two years ago.

The journey there is much in the same stead, with the double decker bus dating back to the early 1960’s. Driving through some of the most parts of North Canterbury and the Waipara Valley, the views to be had fro the top tier of the double decker bus are nothing short of breath taking.

Perfect for individuals and family outings, as well as private charter for those corporate and private groups who wish to turn an event into an occasion, the Weka Pass Daily Tour will not disappoint.

Christchurch Tours: Experience it the Hassle Free Way

Despite the high media attention covering the recent seismic activity in Christchurch, tourists are starting to venture back into this great city. Christchurch has long been a favoured destination in New Zealand, for both domestic and international tourists. Even though the city centre is still cordoned off, life is very much returning to normal for a majority of the residents. The same can be said for visitors to the area, with nearly all of the major tourism activities and attractions in Christchurch operating at full capacity; and welcoming the tourist back.

One of the best ways to view and experience the city is on a Christchurch tour … and not just any tour. With Christchurch being renowned as the English cultural capital of New Zealand, it would only do the Christchurch tour justice through the transportation being provided by a classic 1964 Routemaster Double Decker bus. With Christchurch being located close to the sea, the views from the nearby Port Hills is simply amazing, With 360 degree panoramic views of the eastern coast line, the might Southern Alps mountain range that stretches the entire length of the South Island, as well as the bays and beaches of Lyttleton Harbour and Banks Peninsula.

Being named after an Oxford college, Christchurch is the most English cities in New Zealand. Being suitable termed ‘the garden city’, Christchurch prides itself on the expansive green areas, including public parks, gardens, golf clubs and sporting grounds. Offering a unique balance between the urban and rural environments, Christchurch provides the perfect backdrop and terrain for a range of outdoor activities and pursuits.

See the and experience Christchurch for yourself, with the best view in the house from the top deck of the double decker bus; immerse yourself in the scenery and beauty, while being transported by a unique piece of history.