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We took the 1 hour double decker bus tour of the Christchurch CBD at 12pm on a Wednesday and it was very worthwhile. Cost was $32 each and we had enough room for all travellers to sit up top for the best viewing of the tour. Our tour guide was the most lovely woman who had lots of insights about the Christchurch area, the earthquake damage and also the rebuilds happening around town. It's great to see the local tour operators encouraging visitors and remaining positive about designing a new city. Really great tour.
- Adela, Australia

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New Zealand’s only Open Top Double Decker City Tour!

Join us on our classic 1960’s London Open Top Double Decker buses for a fun and informative tour of Christchurch. Learn about Christchurch’s fascinating history from the pioneering days through to modern day times and learn how Christchurch is recovering from the devastating February 22 earthquake which has now become a major event in New Zealand’s history.

On tour we will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and hear about the exciting vision to rebuild and restore the inner city.

We have three exciting tour options available for you to choose from:

1 Hour Tour: Central city open top bus

The central city one hour tour operates on the open top double-decker bus and focuses on Christchurch Central city.  On the tour you will see areas affected by the Canterbury earthquakes and learn about the exciting rebuild that is now taking place in Christchurch.  You will enjoy incredible viewing from the top deck while being entertained and informed by the live commentary of our local Kiwi guides. On the tour you will get to a few all of Christchurch city centre most iconic buildings and landmarks as well as all the major new building projects.

1 Hour Tour Details

Summer Schedule:
15 Oct – 30 Apr
Departs: hourly, on the hour beginning 10am, last departure 4pm

Winter Schedule*:
1 May – 14 October
Departs: 10am, 2pm

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1 Hour Tour Highlights

  • Hagley Park and Antigua Boatsheds
  • Botanic Gardens and The River Avon
  • Canterbury Museum and Arts Centre
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Provincial Chambers
  • Catholic Basilica
  • Bridge of Remembrance and Friendship Corner
  • Cashel St ReStart Shipping Container Mall
  • Christchurch Cathedral and new Cardboard Cathedral
  • Art Deco New Regent Street
  • AMI Stadium

And much, much more!


Adult: $35.00
Child: $19.00
Family Pass: $89.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
(children age 5-14yrs)
Under 5′s travel FREE (1 per fare-paying Adult)

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3 Hour Tour: Discover Christchurch

The Discover Christchurch three hour tour includes option one central city one hour tour followed by two hours on a closed roof double decker bus visiting places of interest in greater Christchurch including Mona Vale Gardens, here you will get off the bus and enjoy a walk through the gardens.  Next we travel out to the seaside area Sumner before making your way on the Port Hills where you will enjoy incredible views into Lyttelton Harbour over Christchurch the Canterbury Plains and all the way to the Southern Alps.

3 Hour Tour Details

Summer Schedule:
15 October – 30 April
Departs: 10:00am, 12noon, 2:00pm

Winter Schedule*:
1 May – 14 October
10:00am, 2:00pm

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Closed Top Bus highlights

  • Tour highlights include all of Option 1 highlights
  • Picturesque Seaside Sumner – Visit the quaint seaside village of Sumner, here you will have time to explore the beach while taking in the beautiful views of the sea towards the Southern Alps.
  • Port Hills – After departing Sumner we head up onto the Port Hills for breathtaking views into Lyttelton Harbour, over Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains, all the way to the Southern Alps
  • Mona Vale Gardens – At Mona Vale you will enjoy a casual stroll through one of Christchurch’s most famous and spectacular gardens.


Adult: $69.00
Child: $35.00
Family Pass: $173.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
(children age 5-14yrs)
Under 5′s travel FREE (1 per fare-paying adult)

Accommodation pickup and drop -off is available for the 10am tour.

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Full Day Tour: Discover Christchurch including International Antarctic Centre

This full day tour includes both option 1 on the open top bus and option 2 on the closed roof double-decker bus and also includes a visit to the famous ‘Restart’ Container Shopping Mall where you will have free time to shop and enjoy lunch.  We then make our way to Riccarton House and Bush, one of the most historic sites in Christchurch as well a walk through a rare piece of native forest in the heart of Christchurch.  Next we make our way to the International Antarctic Centre we’ll get to experience the thrill and excitement of the Hagluund Ride and Antarctic storm, 4D movie experience and much more.  Tour includes includes hotel pickup and drop-off.

Full Day Tour Details

Departs: 9:30am
Returns: 4.30pm

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Tour highlights

  • Tour highlights include all of Option 1 and 2 highlights
  • Free time to explore Restart Container Shopping Mall
  • A visit to Riccarton House and Bush
  • Full entrance to the International Antarctic Centre
  • Accommodation pickup and drop-off


Adult: $115.00
Child: $57.00
Family pass: $299.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
(children age 5-14yrs)
Under 5′s travel FREE (1 per fare-paying Adult)

Includes accommodation pickup and drop-off.

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*The Open Top Double Decker bus is replaced by Closed roof Double Decker during our winter schedule

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We really don't want you to miss out on what could be the highlight of your New Zealand vacation so highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
The team at Hassle-free Tours look forward to being part of your next New Zealand experience.

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The bus is gorgeous older and charming. The bus driver could tell u every inch of the city. Would highly recommend.
- Eimzyi

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