After arranging our tour with Jo, we were lucky to be met in Akaroa by John Gilbert who was our driver and guide for the day. John's knowledge of the area is vast and his friendliness and enthusiam are even greater. He loves his native New Zealand and wanted to share as much as he could with us. Our day was busy but not rushed; there were numerous stops for photos and scenic views. John was careful of time constraints and yet no request made of him by any of our party was too much for him. I should comment too, that he is an exceptionally carful driver, something you will appreciate when you experience the terrain. We stopped at a sheep farm in the morning on our way to Christchurch. It was a delightful experience and well worth the admission fee. The South Island beauty is incredible and filled us with wonder. However, Christchurch shows devistation and the precariousness of mankind in the modern world, I am so glad we were there even though it left a lingering feeling of sadness. On the way back, John again took us through some beautiful countryside which was helpful in restoring our equilibrium. The journey ended with a short tour of the quaint town of Akaroa. A wonderful day with an charming guide. I highly recommend John as "your" guide with Discovery.
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