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Best Way to Access Christchurch from Cruise

Due to the earthquakes in Christchurch cruise ships are not able to dock there. In order to visit... read more

Reviewed April 19, 2017
nek227
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The Villages, Florida
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A good way to see Christchurch and surrounding countryside

I booked this tour online through Dermot because it looked interesting and because he was happy to... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2017
Planner55
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Australia
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E S Tours offers day tours to Christchurch from Akaroa via Banks Peninsula for cruise ship passengers. As ex-teachers we run an informative tour telling you about the history of the area and New Zealand in general......and stop at lots of points of interest along the way. With a maximum of 11 passengers we like to keep our tours small, friendly and interactive. Our smaller vehicle allows us to get onto some of the more scenic roads that are not suitable for big bus tours and keep away from the crowds. Our other area of expertise is South Island Tours which we can adapt to suit your needs.
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“cruise ship” (7 reviews)
“great guide” (4 reviews)
“day tour” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Christchurch 8082, New Zealand
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+64 27 261 5093

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Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

Due to the earthquakes in Christchurch cruise ships are not able to dock there. In order to visit the city we hired E S Tours to transport the six of us to Christchurch. It was a visually interesting drive through the countryside. Our guide was...More

Thank nek227
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2017

Thank you very much for your review and endorsement of our day excursion from Akaroa to Christchurch.....I am glad you enjoyed the diverse scenery and guides stories ! The weather can be an issue at times (maybe 5% of tours) and restricts our access to...More

Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

I booked this tour online through Dermot because it looked interesting and because he was happy to take us to 'The Giant's House' in Akaroa at the end. The Holland America ship was one hour late berthing and even though we got down there early...More

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

I am glad you enjoyed our tour, the pricing and were happy with Nick's flexibility (dropping you at the Giant's House then picking you up again at the end). It does pay to line up early for a tender ashore (especially if you have a...More

Reviewed April 1, 2017

We had a very active roll call for our NZ cruise and managed to organise for 3 vans to do a full day tour to Christchurch and the Banks peninsula with E S Tours. We were met at the pier by Dermot who introduced us...More

1  Thank Wansbrough2013
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

I am very happy your cruise critic group enjoyed the day ....... I will pass on your endorsement to Nick ! Regards, Dermot Hall

Reviewed March 16, 2017

Dermot is an excellent guide, gv us a lot of info. He stopped at scenic areas for us to take photoes. we truly enjoy the trip

Thank Siew Keng N
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Glad you enjoyed the scenery and my stories ! Dermot

Reviewed February 20, 2017

My wife and I would be visiting Akaroa off a cruise ship and we wished to see Christchurch as well as Akaroa.. I checked the local tourist office of Akaroa online for a less expensive tour than those offered by the cruise company and I...More

1  Thank Geoff W
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

I am happy you had a good day in the area and enjoyed Nick sharing his local knowledge ..... and appreciated the value of our small group tour ! Regards, Dermot Hall E S Tours

Reviewed February 19, 2017

Nick was waiting for us at the end of the dock.Nick was a great guide. He gave us very interesting information about the history of the area. He was spot on. The tour was everything that was promised.

Thank Martin M
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your feedback and appreciation of Nick's historical knowledge. Regards, Dermot Hall E S Tours

Reviewed February 16, 2017

Dermot, our guide for the day, was a dream-come-true for our group of four. Docking for a day at Akaroa, our goal was to see as much as possible of the town, countryside, and the city of Christchurch. Dermot hit the nail on the head....More

Thank Sally L
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Many thanks for taking the time to post feedback....much appreciated ! Dermot

Reviewed January 9, 2017

A couple months before our December New Zealand cruise we booked a day-tour with ES Tours. Dermot Hall, the owner, was very prompt in answering e-mails and making suggestions to accommodate the desires of our group of eight. On our arrival in Akaroa, Dermot and...More

1  Thank traveler87506
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

Thank you for your review ! The small winery at French Peaks is a delightful stop for small groups on the way back to Akaroa if we have time.... the pinot gris is well-regarded !.... Regards, Dermot E S Tours

Reviewed January 4, 2017

We had a great time viewing and discovering wonderful views from Akaroa to Christchurch. Dermot is very knowledgeable tour guide. Great history and information about this area. Thanks Dermot for a very enjoyable and extraordinary day trip.

1  Thank mistry3n
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2017

You are welcome !

Reviewed November 27, 2016

Look for this tour on the docket ,its a 11 seater bus with a very Knowledgeable tour guides.We had Dermot and it was the best trip we had on our 14 day trip on Celebrity Solstice.Everything was great Thanks Dermot

1  Thank Rusty5858
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2016

Many thanks for your kind review.....it was a pleasure showing you the area ! Dermot (Owner/ Operator.... E S Tours)

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Yes, we will be operating on cruise days from Akaroa doing a Christchurch/Banks Peninsula Tour.....end of the wharf left hand side....and better to book ahead to make sure you get a seat...maximum of 11 on our... More
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