CBD & Christchurch City Tour
Our Christchurch City tour really focuses on the central city urban space and culture. Christchurch is a brand new city and the rebuild has create a unique environment that is bursting with things to do and see.
We begin our tour with a cruise along the picturesque Avon River / Ōtākaro which flows through the centre of the city of Christchurch, and out to an estuary which it also shares with the Heathcote River.
Here you will see the earthquake memorial wall commemorating the 164 people that lost their lives in the February 2011 earthquakes and the historic Antigua boat sheds before we head into the city past the new Terrace entertainment precinct in the new City Mall towards the Bridge of Remembrance.
The historic Bridge of Remembrance is one of two main war memorials in Christchurch. It is dedicated to those who died in World War I, and serves as a memorial for those who participated in two World Wars as well as subsequent conflicts in Borneo, Korea, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
It is located on the Cashel Street Bridge at the head of City Mall. The Bridge of Remembrance was repaired and strengthened following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and was reopened with a rededication ceremony held on Anzac Day in 2016.
We check out the iconic New Regent Street shopping precinct which originally opened in 1932. New Regent Street is home to an exciting range of boutique businesses, bars and cafes in a stunning heritage setting. Restored to reflect the original style, New Regent Street is possibly Christchurch’s most charming street that really captures the essence of Christchurch.
As we take you through the heart of the city you will see some of the amazing street art, murals and graffiti from renowned local artists along the way. Christchurch street art became a popular part of the post earthquake Christchurch rebuild, telling a story about the city’s past and where it is heading in the future.
New Zealand is the home of the flat white, so as you can image, we have some pretty amazing coffee and local roasters in Christchurch. We will take you to some of the most popular roasters and cafes that are world famous in Christchurch where you can sample some of the coffee and even purchase some beans for your yourself.
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Most of the tour uses a mix of public roads and cycleways, you may also encounter some loose gravel surfaces through parks and public spaces. Care must be taken with other road users, cyclists and pedestrians and NZ road rules apply.
FOOD & WATER: Whilst there are some food and drink stops along the way, you may also bring your own food and water with you. We usually stop at one the cafes in the city where we can sit down, relax, have a chat and something to eat and drink.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Canterbury weather is very changeable, we recommend bringing a jacket even if the weather is good as we will be out in open spaces. In the event of bad weather preventing us from going, you will be notified by email.
MOBILE COVERAGE: Christchurch has good mobile and data coverage in the central city and most suburbs and you should have no problem using your mobile phone.
CAMERAS: We recommend bringing your camera regardless of the weather. We stop at a number of locations along the way that provide some great photo opportunities.
OTHER ITEMS: We recommend sunglasses and sunscreen when the sun is out in Christchurch. Sunscreen is strongly advised when it’s sunny as we have quite harsh sun here in New Zealand.