Discover the fascinating history of Christchurch on a half day city sightseeing tour. Take in the sights of the central city and its surrounds and see how this beautiful city is recovering from the devastating 2011 earthquake.
Step on board a classic open top double decker for a one-hour bus tour around central Christchurch. Your guide will tell you about the history of the city from its pioneering days to the present day. You will view some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, see how Christchurch is preserving some of its iconic heritage buildings and learn about the latest plans for restoration of the inner city.
Stop at Canterbury Museum, where you’ll have a chance to explore the country’s cultural and natural heritage, as well as learn about the history of the Canterbury Region. The museum is well known for its natural and human history collections, and there are ongoing exhibitions including stories from the Canterbury Earthquakes, a kids’ natural history centre and an Antarctic Exploration gallery.
Following your Christchurch city tour, we head towards the picturesque seaside village of Sumner where there is time to explore the beach and its interesting rock formations. From there we travel up the Port Hills to the historic Sign of the Takahe, a listed heritage building where you will enjoy panoramic views overlooking Christchurch City, the port of Lyttelton, the Canterbury Plains and the Southern Alps.
Useful tips: This tour is operated by Hasslefree Tours. The first hour of this tour is by open top double decker bus with covered seating available downstairs. The last two hours of the tour are in a closed top double decker vehicle.