Hop aboard and prepare to take Christchurch head on! With an eclectic mix of new and old, Christchurch is truly a city like no other. Take in the historic sights from the top deck of our double decker bus and Hop On and Hop Off completely at your leisure.
Become a part of history at the Canterbury Museum before Hopping Off at Riccarton Mall for a spot of shopping or take in the beautiful sights at Mona Vale before seeing the awe-inspiring and totally unique architecture that is the Cardboard Cathedral.
As you make your way around the English-style Botanical Gardens, you’ll find out exactly why Christchurch is known worldwide as the Garden City. The scent of fresh flowers will waft over and inspire you to Hop Off to take a closer look.. Before Hopping back on again for your next adventure!
Prepare to explore a truly stunning city with both an epic and recent history which will leave you feeling completely inspired.
- Unique vehicles with fantastic views
Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on board our unique, classic and new, double decker buses. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views from the top deck.
- Hop-on, hop-off and visit Christchurch’s best attractions
As you circumnavigate the city in our red double decker buses, visiting historic landmarks and all the ‘must see’ attractions, you can hop on and off at your leisure to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
Tour Duration: 1 Hour
Summer (1 Nov – 30 Apr): Buses depart every 30 minutes from 10.30am, last bus departs Stop 1 at 3.30pm.
Winter (1 May – 31 Oct): Buses depart every 60 minutes from 10.30am, last bus departs Stop 1 at 3.30pm.
Stop 1: Canterbury Museum
Experience New Zealand’s rich cultural and natural heritage at the Canterbury Museum. Learn about the past, present and future of Canterbury. View rare Maori artefacts, find out about Christchurch’s link to the Antarctic, and The Christchurch Street will transport you back in time with sights and sounds of pioneering days.
Stop 2: Mona Vale
Mona Vale is home to one of Christchurch’s most beautiful garden settings. Mature trees, rose gardens, a water lily pond, meandering river and sloping lawns, provide a stunning backdrop to Mona Vale Homestead. The Homestead and Gate House are both listed buildings with Heritage New Zealand.
Stop 3: Riccarton House and Bush
Riccarton House and Bush is a unique New Zealand heritage site consisting of two historic buildings, flanked by beautiful open parkland and ornate gardens, bordered by the River Avon and set against native bush. The forest features Kahikatea trees up to 600 years old. This is a tranquil oasis just 3.5km from the city centre.
Stop 4: Westfield Riccarton Mall
Stop location: Bus stop on Rotherham St, outside the mall in front of Starbucks.
Westfield Riccarton is the largest shopping mall in the South Island and the third-largest in the country. It features over 190 stores, including Farmers, K-Mart, jewellers, supermarkets, beauty therapists, cafés, fast-food chains, Westfield & ASB banks, a cinema complex and more.
Stop 5: Earthquake Memorial/The Terrace
Stop location: Bus stop on Cashel St, opposite PWC building.
This memorial provides a place to reflect on the events that changed Canterbury forever – paying respect to the people who lost their lives and those who were seriously injured. Located along the banks of the Avon River, this is a tranquil and poignant setting for this important monument.
Stop 6: Cardboard Cathedral
Stop location: Bus stop on Hereford St, diagonally opposite the Cathedral.
The Cardboard Cathedral is the transitional cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. The original Cathedral was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake, and this temporary building was opened in August 2013, to help service the community. It is the world’s only Cathedral made substantially of cardboard.
Stop 7: Margaret Mahy Playground
Stop location: Bus stop on Madras St, next to clock tower behind the "Big Slide".
Named after one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed children’s book authors, this magical wonderland is a child’s paradise. With a 4m wide slide, double flying fox, water cannons, sandpit, climbing web, splash pad, picnic and BBQ area, food and coffee carts - this is the perfect stop for families.
Stop 8: Cathedral Square
Stop location: Front of Novotel Hotel in the north-east corner of the Square.
Cathedral Square is the geographical centre and heart of Christchurch. It has long been a community focal point, a place where the community comes together, in good times and bad. The Christchurch Cathedral is located here and was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. Restoration has been confirmed and will take up to six years to complete.
Tour Pass & Pricing
You must keep your tour pass safe and replacements cannot be issued. You must show your pass as you board. The tour pass remains the property of Soaring Kiwi Tours. Passes are not transferrable. Prices may be altered at any time. Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.
Child passes are available for children aged 5 – 14 years. Children under 5 years may travel free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Soaring Kiwi Tours reserves the right to amend the tour route, including designated stops, at any time, as circumstances require.
From time to time, due to issues beyond our control, the tour may be delayed due to unexpected street closures, traffic congestion, street parades/celebrations and road works.
Seating and Safety
Passengers must adhere to the driver’s instructions at all times. You must remain seated whilst the bus is in motion. Seating cannot be guaranteed.
Soaring Kiwi Tours reserves the right to use an alternative vehicle than is advertised, without prior notice, due to unforeseen circumstances, including health and safety or mechanical concerns.
Use our interactive maps to check out some of the stops on our tour.