Yearning to see Christchurch from a unique perspective? Once you’ve picked up your Hertz Christchurch Airport Car Rental, why not check out one of these interesting city tours?
New Zealand’s only open top double decker tour takes its cue from the famous London bus tours for a fun and informative tour of Christchurch. From its pioneering foundations through to today’s recovery post-quake, you’ll learn all about what makes the Christchurch you see today. Learn about the preservation of historic buildings and the vision for the future. The tour runs for three hours in total: an hour around the city on the open top bus and two hours in a closed top bus around greater Christchurch (in winter, both parts may be run in a covered bus). Tours start at 10am and 2pm from outside Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Avenue. Adults $69, children $48.
If you’re after a personalised experience, check out Christchurch Bike Tours. The original tour is a relaxed and interactive tour lasting 2 hours ($50 per person), kicking off with a view of the historic Antigua Boatsheds on the River Avon. Progress on through the Cardboard Cathedral, pastel New Regent St, Botanic Gardens, Arts Centre, Hagley Park, Mona Vale, and more, before concluding the tour at the popup container city. The company also offers a guided farmer’s market bike tour, gourmet bike tour, and comprehensive Rebuild tour, which explores the area beyond the cordon that was off limits for more than two years.
The Redbus Christchurch Rebuild Tour is a unique guided experience around the always-changing CBD. Find out what was, what’s happening and what’s ahead; a main focus is what the future holds for the city. You’ll get an insight into the seismic forces at play in the region, the innovative projects that have spawned from the Re:START Mall, to Greening the Rubble, the technology being used in the rebuild and artist’s impressions of the new Christchurch. There’s also video footage and commentary from a Canterbury Museum guide who is available to answer questions. Tours last 90 minutes and tickets are $29, or $15 for children. The tour departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside the Canterbury Museum.
The flat terrain in Christchurch makes it ideal for a 2 hour Segway tour. The historical tour takes in sights like Riccarton House, Mona Vale and Hagley Park, paired with commentary about the early European settlement of Christchurch. The city tour offers a look at how Cantabrians are responding after the quake and rebuilding their city. Tour times are 10:30am or 1:30pm by arrangement and cost $99.