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E S Tours
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 5, 2014

An amazing tour, great sights and great facts, fantastic guide from Akaroa to Christchurch, Thank you soooo much, highly recommend, a trip with E S Tours- Jessica

4  Thank PumpkinJess
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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2014

Thanks very much for the review ! I hope the rest of your cruise went well !

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Dermot ordered perfect weather for us today, and we were on our way to Akaroa to go on the harbour cruise, at his suggestion, later in the day. Making sure we had our reservations taken care of, we were ready to explore. Dermot had picked us up early this morning so we were at Akaroa for sunrise, he explained the village layout, provided a map, and information on what and where to sight see, and knowing we had the day to ourselves to explore, gave us plenty of time to get acquainted with all the attractions before catching our cruise. On the way home, we drove through magnificent hills, and scenery that everyone should have the opportunity to experience. Thank you so much for your care and concern, and the amazing day. D& G

2  Thank G K
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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2014

I am happy you enjoyed the great scenery......!!

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We booked Dermot for a private 4 hour tour in Akaroa to make the most of our short time there whilst travelling around the South Island in a campervan.

What can I say? He was great from the very start. Having very patchy wifi connectivity, he was very patient with us and our delays in getting back to him to confirm the booking. When we met in Akaroa, he directed us swiftly to where we needed to meet and got us going straight away.

Highlights of the tour were the Barrys Bay Cheese Factory and the Akaroa Vineyard, both very small local businesses in which we were able to try some of the delicious food and drink. During this time, Dermot was a wealth of knowledge and explained plenty of the local history of the area (Maori cannibalism extremely detailed!!) as well as making some excellent recommendations for the other places we were visiting after Christmas (a great thumbs up to the flying recommendation for Milford Sound). There were also some very personal insights regarding the devastating Christchurch earthquake.

Secondly, Dermot was fantastic with our two year old. We had been on a long journey to get to Akaroa, and he was able to adapt the itinerary so that our son could have a good run around and enjoy his favourite thing - trains, at the Little River railway station, which wasn't originally on the agenda.

We overran on time but there was no clock watching and Dermot ensured we were settled into our campsite correctly before saying goodbye. It would have been great to spend more time with him. He is a great guide and a great person, I cannot recommend him highly enough!

2  Thank AmyHKGreeters
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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2014

Thanks for the recommendations.......great for a small business like mine !!!

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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Forget the alpine train (which is like 9 hours) and forget the 45 passenger transports.... Dermot and his personal tour is the way to go. Left at 10a back at 415p... Saw all the beauty if the bank peninsula as well as a first hand commentary on Christchurch. He also gives a personal account of the earthquake that makes this the highlight of my trip. Seek him out. You will love the trip. Perfectly timed. Lots of scenery. And a great flow! Thanks!!!

1  Thank Jackson K
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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2013

Many thanks. Happy you enjoyed the day out !

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A recent cruise stop in Akaroa provided us with an opportunity to tour Christchurch and we were lucky enough to choose Dermot and E.S.Tours for our experience. Dermot's knowledge of the area and New Zealand in general was extensive and his cheerful presentation and informative commentary made for a most enjoyable day. Of our many day trips on our voyage around New Zealand, our day with Dermot and the other travellers in our van was the most memorable and we would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting this fantastic region of New Zealand.

David and Pat , Vancouver Canada

2  Thank 391DavidA
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