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Well worth doing. The drivers have all the facts and figures at their finger tips. Plenty of time given to take photos. I admire the way they find their way around with street closures changing daily.
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Enjoy a fun and informative Christchurch City tour on-board our classic 1960’s London open and closed top double decker buses. Experience spectacular views from the top deck and discover the city's fascinating history from pioneering days through to modern times.

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 two exciting tour options available for you to choose from:
Discover Christchurch Tour - 3 hour experience
City Highlights Tour - 1 hour experience

Tours depart from outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue. See below for departure times and pricing.

NEW: Annual Pass now available for local Christchurch & Canterbury residents!
Enjoy 12 months of unlimited rides on the City Highlights 1 Hour tour experience.
For details and to download a registration form please click here or see our friendly drivers directly.

Discover Christchurch: 3 Hour

Enjoy the very best that Christchurch has to offer with our 'Discover Christchurch Tour'. Visit all the central city sights shown on the City Highlights tour PLUS spend a further two hours exploring other exciting Christchurch locations. You will spend time wandering through the stunning Mona Vale Gardens and we encourage you to take photos surrounded by the beautiful flora and fauna. Next we travel out to the seaside village of Sumner, where you can stop for an ice-cream, before making our way up the Port Hills. At the Sign of the Takahe you will enjoy spectacular views of the city, mountains and ocean. "See More, Do More" with the Discover Christchurch Tour!

3 Hour Tour Details

Departs daily: 10am and 2pm

Tour departs outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the City Highlights Tour including all of the 'must see' central city sights; The Arts Centre, Christchurch Cathedral, Re:Start Container Mall and much more!
  • 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 to stop at The Sign of the Takahe and enjoy spectacular views of the city, mountains and ocean.
  • Mona Vale Gardens – At Mona Vale you will enjoy a casual stroll through one of Christchurch’s most famous and spectacular gardens.

Pricing

Adult: $69.00
Child (14yrs & under): FREE*
*2 children ride FREE per paying adult

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City Highlights Tour: 1 Hour

The Christchurch City Highlights tour visits all the 'must see' central city sights whilst enjoying spectacular views from our classic 1960's open, and closed top, double-decker buses. 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 an informative and entertaining live commentary from one of our friendly local guides. This one hour tour is perfect for those who may be short on time but still want to experience everything there is to see and do in our central city. 

1 Hour Tour Details

Summer Schedule:
15 Oct – 30 Apr
Departs daily: On the hour from 10am to 4pm
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Winter Schedule:
1 May – 14 October
Departs daily: 10am and 2pm

Tour departs outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

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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!

Pricing

Adult: $35.00
Child (14yrs & under): FREE*
*2 children ride FREE per paying adult

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Annual Pass - City Highlights 1hr Tour

Enjoy unlimited rides on the Discover Christchurch 1hr City Highlights Tour for a whole year!

Your Annual Pass will allow you to ride on our classic 1960’s London, open and closed top, double decker buses, as often as you like for 12 months! Our fun and friendly drivers provide an entertaining and informative commentary that changes regularly along with the view. Christchurch is undergoing a fascinating period of change and on our tours you can sit back, relax, and watch the re-build unfold from the comfort of our top deck. The unique and uninterrupted views from our top deck ensures that no two tours are ever the same!

Additional cardholder benefits:

10% off for any full-paying guests you accompany on the City Highlights 1hr tour only. 
10% off all Hassle-free Tours experiences (excludes combo offers)

Please click here to read our full 'Terms and Conditions'.

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To purchase your pass:

1. Download, print and complete the registration form.
2. Upon your first visit, take this form to the bus and hand it to our friendly driver, whilst purchasing your pass.
3. Once we receive your payment and completed form, your personalised card will be generated and mailed to you, for continued use throughout the year.

If you have any queries please email us or phone 03 385 5775.
(Note: Unfortunately this pass cannot be purchased via our online booking system.
If you wish to pre-purchase a pass and have it mailed to you please contact us directly. Thank you!)

1 Hour Tour Details

Summer Schedule:
15 Oct – 30 Apr
Departs daily: On the hour from 10am to 4pm
10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Winter Schedule:
1 May – 14 October
Departs daily: 10am and 2pm

Tour departs outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

Tour Highlights

  • Botanic Gardens and The River Avon
  • Canterbury Museum and Arts Centre
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Margaret Mahy playground
  • Bridge of Remembrance 
  • Cashel St ReStart Shipping Container Mall
  • Christchurch Cathedral and new Cardboard Cathedral

And much, much more!

Pricing

Adult: $60.00

Child (14yrs & under): FREE*
*2 children ride FREE per Annual Pass card-holder.
Additional children $10 each, maximum 4 children per adult. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Departure location

Tour departs outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue.

*If necessary, we reserve the right to use alternative vehicles on this tour. 

Book Now to avoid disappointment!

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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