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Address: Christchurch 8082 , New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 261 5093
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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E S Tours offers day tours to Christchurch from Akaroa via Banks Peninsula...

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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A full day tour to Christchurch and the Banks peninsula

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... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wansbrough2013
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Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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The Villages, Florida
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57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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 knowledgeable about New Zealand history and shared his personal stories regarding weathering earthquakes. Visiting Christchurch... More 

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Thank nek227
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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 panoramic viewpoints (1500 ft.).....at such times we route our tours through the Port of Lyttelton... More 

Australia
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467 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 for a tender ticket we had to wait our turn to get off the ship.... More 

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1 Thank Planner55
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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 pre-booking) and that depends on the cruise ship company....some run a lot more tenders than... More 

Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 to our guide for the day Nick. The beauty about the local tours as opposed... More 

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1 Thank Wansbrough2013
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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

kuala lumpur
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 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

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Thank Siew Keng N
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the scenery and my stories ! Dermot More 

Australia
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283 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 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 found Dermot of E.S. Tours who was very easy to deal with over the internet,... More 

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1 Thank Geoff W
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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 More 

New York
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 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.

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Thank Martin M
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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

Louisburg, Kansas
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 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. Even before we got in the vehicle he was catering to our desires. Instead of... More 

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Thank Sally L
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 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 our guide, Marie, met us on the dock. The small-van tour on the serpentine roads... More 

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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 More 

Wollongong, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 January 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.

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1 Thank mistry3n
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

You are welcome ! More 

Gladstone, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 November 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

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1 Thank Rusty5858
dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this review

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

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