Visitors to New Zealand’s most popular tourism cities will soon welcome a new attraction in the form of large
red, classic, and new, double decker buses. Kiwi Holiday Parks & Accommodtion newest partner is offering a 10% discount off tours with your Kiwi Membership Card.
Hassle-free Tours, a Christchurch based and family owned tour company, is investing nearly $2 million dollars
in a project to expand their city sightseeing double decker bus tours into Auckland and Queenstown from
Mark Gilbert, owner and Managing Director of Hassle-free Tours, says this is the realization of a long-time
dream. “We have been successfully operating a similar service in Christchurch for more than 10 years now
and we are excited to showcase our expertise, and genuine passion for city sightseeing, to Auckland and
Around the world double decker bus tours are a popular way for people to explore new cities, but Mark
believes you need more than a bus and great views to ensure a positive visitor experience. Hassle-free Tours
source local guides to provide live, informative, and entertaining commentaries, rather than using a generic
“A truly memorable tour is about more than just ‘seeing the sights’,” says Mark. “We are story-tellers. Our
cities are filled with unique attractions and have a vibrant history. It is our job to share the ‘story’ of each city
in a way that is both fun and factual.”
For non-English speaking passengers, multi-lingual commentaries will be available via an in-built GPS
operated system. Languages will include Mandarin, Japanese, German and Spanish with the addition of a fun
kid’s channel for families to enjoy.
To manage these new services Hassle-free Tours have purchased three brand new ANKAI open top double
decker buses which have been purpose built to handle New Zealand road conditions and include the very
latest technology and safety features. These new buses will operate in Auckland and Christchurch alongside
classic 1960’s, open and closed top, London Routemaster buses from Hassle-free Tours original fleet.
“The predicted growth in tourism and increased pressure on our roads makes a double decker bus service a
great solution to traffic congestion, offering higher seating capacity yet occupying less road space than a
standard bus,” says Mark.
In Auckland and Christchurch Hassle-free Tours will provide a hop-on hop-off city sightseeing service, with
half hourly departures from 10am. Tickets options will include a 24hr and 48hr pass, providing passengers
with the flexibility to explore each city and spend as much time as they want at each attraction.
In Queenstown visitors will enjoy a 2hr sightseeing tour, including a journey to Arrowtown, onboard a classic
London double decker bus.
“We love the idea of combining our historic fleet with the new modern buses and are confident that our
passengers will really enjoy both experiences.”
Hassle-free Tours is a Christchurch based company offering a range of different tours, from day tours out into the High Country, Lord of the Rings Location Tour and a Kaikoura Tour offering many different options once in Kaikoura. We also run City Tours on a mixture of beautifully restored and modern Double Decker buses. These tours are to become hop on hop off from the 1st November.