Take a comfortable and informative tour through the heart of central Christchurch, and gain a unique insight into what happened in the September 2010 and subsequent earthquakes.
Enter parts of Christchurch including Cathedral Square usually closed to the public. The only tour to journey behind the scenes of Christchurch's CBD Red Zone.
Learn about the seismic activity in Canterbury
Hear about what happened on the days of the earthquakes
Learn details about the fate of Christchurch's iconic central city buildings
See how the city is changing
A key focus of the tours is what the future holds for the CBD, including plans for redevelopment.
Tours include video footage and commentary from a Canterbury Museum guide who is available to answer questions.
The Red Zone tours operate 7 days a week.
Duration is 30-40 minutes.
Under-15-years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (a maximum of five under-15-year-olds per parent or guardian).
Bookings 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.
The tour departs from Rolleston Avenue, outside the Canterbury Museum. Passengers must report 10 minutes prior to departure time.
Passenger safety is of the utmost importance to Red Bus. No effort is spared to ensure maximum safety . A Safety Information card can be found in the seat pocket in front of you on the bus. Once on board the bus, it is important that you read this carefully, take note of the safety features, and all restrictions on behaviour.
CERA regulations require you to follow all safety procedures outlined in the safety document, safety briefing and instructions given by Red Bus staff.
Before taking the tour, people will be required to accept and acknowledge Red Bus’ terms and conditions and sign or confirm a customer declaration. Terms and conditions specify the risks of entering the red zone, and remove liability from Red Bus for any losses and damages incurred on the tour.
We welcome group bookings on either the Red Zone or Red Zone Plus tour. Contact us for more information about taking your group on their own private Red Zone tour.
This tour offers all the features of the Red Zone tour which goes into the cordoned off area of the central city. In addition you will see some points of the city outside the cordon and progress in key recovery areas.