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Rebuild Tour

Come with us: through the new City


The Christchurch Rebuild Tour offers a unique guided experience around the ever-changing post-earthquake Christchurch City centre.  The tour replaces the extremely popular CBD Red Zone Tour that was visited by over 37,000 people.

The tour has been completely revised, with a new route, commentary and audio visual material.

The informative coach tour will guide you through what was, what’s happening and what’s coming in the new Christchurch.

A key focus of the tour is what the future holds for Christchurch.

The tour aims to give visitors an insight into:

  • the City’s vibrant past – including the history of the City’s pre-earthquake buildings and features.
  • the seismic forces at work in the region – including the events of the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes and the devastation they caused.
  • the innovative transitional projects that have popped up – including the Re:START Mall, Greening the Rubble, Gap Filler and Street Art.
  • the technology involved in the rebuild – the tour will explain some of the lessons learnt from the regions seismic events and point out buildings that incorporate this new technology.
  • the plans for the future - including artists impressions and concept designs of new buildings and precincts in the City.


Tours include video footage and commentary from a Canterbury Museum guide who is available to answer questions.

About the tours

The Rebuild Tours operate 7 days a week.

Tour duration 90 minutes

Passengers may be able to leave the bus in the company of our guide at designated stops. Passengers do so at the discretion of the driver and at their own risk, and must return to the bus with the guide to continue the tour.

The earthquakes have left many hazards in our public areas. Please be aware of uneven ground surfaces, obstructions and our surroundings, and follow the directions of the driver and guide at all times.


Adult - $29

Child (5-15 years) - $15

Child (under 5 years) - $0

Bookings are essential.  No cash sales on bus.  Tickets may be purchased online, by phone 0800 500 929 or from the i-Site Visitor Centre in Rolleston Avenue (next to the Museum).  Sales are not available from i-Site within 10 minutes of the departure time.

Departure Point

The tour departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside the Canterbury Museum.  Passengers must report 10 minutes prior to departure time.


We welcome group bookings and charters on the Rebuild Tour.  Contact us for more information about taking your group on their own private Rebuild Tour.

Coaches are modern, fully air conditioned, environmentally-sustainable and wheelchair accessible.

For more information & bookings

Ph: 0800 500 929

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