Embark on a half-day sightseeing tour of Christchurch while your ship is at port in Lyttelton. This tour highlights both the damage to the city inflicted by several large earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 and the rebuild which is currently in progress, paired with the surviving beauty of the city and historical landmarks.
Experience the grand architecture, beautiful gardens and scenic view points on a half-day city tour of Christchurch.Wander the Monavale Gardens with pretty ponds and water features, drive through the city center - once a place of historic buildings and architecture - now heavily destroyed and badly damaged by the 2011 Earthquake. See for yourself the both destruction of the central city and the rebuild that is taking place.You will visit both botanical gardens in the central city and the seaside suburb of Sumner. Travel to the Sign of the Takahe to admire the spectacular views over the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps.Should you be on the morning tour we can drop you outside the Museum / Botanical Gardens in central Christchurch at the end of the tour and at your leisure you can catch the return shuttle to your cruise ship in Lyttelton HarbourHighlightsCentral Christchurch including the badly earthquake damaged city centre with full commentary on the impact of the earthquakes and the rebuild that is in progress • Christchurch Botanical Gardens, • Mona Vale House and Gardens • Sign of the Takahe with magnificent view over the entire city from the coastline to the mountains • Port Hills and Lyttelton Harbour • Sumner Beach and township • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinationsThis sightseeing option of Christchurch is designed for cruise ship passengers.Departs Lyttelton at 8.45am and 12.30pm returning to Lyttelton at 1.15pm or by 4.30pm, this will ensure you arrive at the cruise ship before departure.