Christchurch is a beautifully flat city that makes it easy to get around. It’s also ideal for walking and biking – see some of the recommended tours below! You can step away from your Christchurch Airport car rental for a few hours and let somebody else whisk you around, or give your legs a workout.
New Zealand’s only open top double decker bus city tour hails from Christchurch, departing from outside the Canterbury Museum. Aboard these vintage vehicle you’ll hear about the city’s history from pioneer days through to modern times, through some of the areas affected by the earthquakes, and the restoration efforts under way. Highlights include Hagley Park and Antigua Boatsheds, the Botanic Gardens and River Avon, Catholic Basilica, Bridge of Remembrance and Friendship Corner, ReStart Shipping Container Mall, Christchurch Cathedral and new Cardboard Cathedral, and Art Deco New Regent Street.
The experience also includes two hours on a closed top double decker visiting attractions throughout greater Christchurch – Sumner, Port Hills, and Mona Vale Gardens.
Choose from a range of Christchurch bicycle and walking tours, including the original route, the rebuild tour, farmer’s market tour and gourmet tour. Bikes with baskets and helmets are provided.
The original tour includes Antigua Boatsheds, Christ’s College, Hagley Park, Riccarton House & Bush, Deans Cottage, Mona Vale Gardens, River Avon, Cathedral Square, Re:START Shipping Container Mall, New Regent Street and the Arts Centre.
The rebuild tour includes ReStart Shipping Container Mall, Transitional Cardboard Cathedral, New Regent Street, Antigua Boatsheds, Provincial Chambers, Christchurch Arts Centre and Cathedral Square.
The gourmet tour includes the Canterbury Farmers’ Market, local fudge, coffee roaster, microbrewery, local juice production, chocolatier, and an environmentally sustainable restaurant with its own fruit and vegetable garden.
For something different, try a two hour Segway tour through Christchurch. Historical tours visit Riccarton House, Mona Vale and Hagley Park accompanied by commentary about the early European settlement of Christchurch. CBD tours show off the ongoing reconstruction efforts including Cathedral Square, New Regent St and the Cardboard Cathedral. The combo tour combines the best of both individual tours.