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Arahi Tours NZ

Christchurch, New Zealand
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About Arahi Tours NZ
"Arahi Tours New Zealand" is a locally owned and operated private tour business. We offer personalised tours that focus on delivering, fun, flexible, adventurous trips. We provide pick up and drop off from your accommodation in the Christchurch area. Alternatively, why not stay with us in our beautiful "Cabbage Tree Retreat"? This is a private, secluded, a chalet in the bush, and includes an outdoor hot tub/spa. The Chalet sleeps 4 Adults, 1 queen, 1 King bed that pulls apart to make 2 king single beds. Your tour coach has large comfortable seats. We stop often to take photographs of the stunning alpine and summit views. Our journey travels along summit roads, harbours and bays for glorious views. We stop for drinks and snacks along the way. Our tours take us to the “wild side” of the of Banks Peninsula on our way out to Little River and Akaroa. The terrain and views are spectacular In the winter we offer skiing and snowbike tours.
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Paul wrote a review Feb 2020
Rochester, New York2 contributions
3 of us had a 4-day excursion with Vicky and had a great time; couldn't have been better! She drove us in her tour van from a private house in Christchurch to Queenstown, stopping at numerous lakes and towns and sites on the way. She was extremely knowledgeable regarding the geology of NZ, could identify every mountain peak. She knew the history of every town we passed through and would stop whenever we asked for a photo shoot, toilet break or get fresh fruit or ice cream! We even stopped at Lake Tekapo where Vicky setup a table and brewed us morning tea! She got us to our motel at the end of the 1st day. Next day we explored on our own. Next day Vicky picked us up and took us to Arrowtown where she explained the complete town history. Then we went to several wineries and breweries in the Queenstown area. She knew as much about Queenstown as her home town of Christchurch. She even took us to a grocery store when we asked. The final day we had a nice drive back to Christchurch. Vicky is very friendly and a great conversationalist. All of us would highly recommend Vicky as a tour guide. Thanks Vicky!!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from VickyEastwood, Owner at Arahi Tours NZ
Responded 27 Feb 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip also, it is such a beautiful drive down past the Tekapo - Twizel - Benmore dams it's such stimulus to the eyes and refreshing for the soul. Thank you so much, I would love to take you all again someday. Keep well, keep fit and love life. Kindest regards Vicky
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Patty M wrote a review Jan 2020
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We had an extensive full-day tour with Vicki on January 15, 2020, along with another couple from our ship. We had tremendous views driving around Banks Peninsula with all of its switch back roads and drove over new roads that have just been constructed to replace the ones destroyed by the earthquake. We viisited Christchurch, botanical gardens in Christchurch, New Regent Street and the Christchurch Transitional Church made of cardboard. We drove through Brighton Beach and through the charming little French town on the sea called Akaroa. Vicki even prepared us a picnic lunch! Vicki was most informative and we thoroughly enjoyed all she had to show us. Book her tour -- you won't regret it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from VickyEastwood, Owner at Arahi Tours NZ
Responded 29 Jan 2020
Patty what a lovely review, thank you so much. I enjoyed your company and your interest in the history and commentary. Your great sense of humour always makes a tour special. Thank you for emailing us, Kind regards Vicky Arahi Tours New Zealand.
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Luther28 wrote a review Jan 2020
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One could not ask for better hosts, Vicky and Chongy not only make you feel welcome but a bit more like a family member. The tour is personalized to your tastes and without question it will be not only informative from a historical view but the sights along the way are something one must see for themselves. We spent 38 hours getting here and Vicky along with Chongy made it worth every second spent.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from VickyEastwood, Owner at Arahi Tours NZ
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Thank you so much Jay for such a positive review. We strive for personal and unique ways of entertaining our guests, travel safely. Vicky
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Kerensa C wrote a review Jan 2020
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I had a wonderful time with Vicky from Arahi Tours. She took me into the city to see the rebuild and knew so much about the city's history. The van she drives was very comfortable and made the driving around a lot of fun as it meant we could get a great view of everything. Vicky is very energetic and also an amazing walk with spectacular views of the coastline, which was just so beautiful. I was very grateful for this experience and highly recommend her service.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from VickyEastwood, Owner at Arahi Tours NZ
Responded 15 Jul 2020
Thank you so much for such a lovely review. The sea and the Peninsula are spectacular on a stunning day, actually, it looks great when the clouds are black and swirly also from a photography point of view. Thank you for booking my tour company, I loved our walk out on the Peninsula, spectacular views and a fab walk for us all. A lot of fun. Thank you Vicky
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dreamhiker wrote a review Dec 2019
Phoenix, New York35 contributions12 helpful votes
Vicky is an outstanding tour guide! Her knowledge of the local flora/fauna, peoples, and history of the islands is fantastic. The tours I took were made more memorable by all the small details Vicky includes. She packs a lot of sights and experiences into a day's outing. Her lunches were beautifully prepared and presented with flair! Her tour van is comfortable, has a wide sunroof that allows one to pop up for a stable photo shoot platform. She customizes her trips to what you want. She went out of her way to help my friend Cynthia...who unfortunately left her passport sitting on a SIM Phone Card stand at the airport...after spending most of the morning on the phone with the local police and airport security...Vicky was able to track down the whereabouts of the passport...took us to the local police station and the airport in the process of obtaining the wayward passport! That is customer service that goes above and beyond!! THANK YOU VICKY!! Additionally, her guest house is spacious, clean, comfortable, well appointed and has a wonderful view of her beautiful backyard that has a most relaxing hot tub/spa. The house is within walking distance to the CBD...restaurants and a large grocery store are less than 5min walk away. Her cats are charming, and very sociable. The beautiful birdsong warms one's heart. Am so happy that I chose to stay here...I now have many lovely memories of the Christchurch area. If you are looking to be nearby to the CBD yet want a quiet retreat...THIS IS THE PLACE!! I look forward to coming back someday in the winter time to try out the skibikes that Vicky teaches clients to use.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from VickyEastwood, Owner at Arahi Tours NZ
Responded 29 Dec 2019
Thank you so much Colleen, yes it was an eventful day with a great outcome. I enjoyed the sunset and Godley heads walk too. Cabbage Tree Retreat is humming along, come back for winter for a Snowbike and Ski stay. Thank you once again for such a wonderful review, it makes taking tours a real pleasure. Kindest Regards Vicky
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