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Best experience with tour agency. Over and beyond expectations.

Dermot was a pleasure to work with and helped us pick the perfect excursion for our cruise ship... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
Vinnysmom
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Boston, Massachusetts
Great day trip from Akaroa port to Christchurch

We met Nick on the pier where he was selling his tour. It sounded interesting enough and we booked... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2018
CatrinaE
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Sydney, 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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Christchurch 8082, New Zealand
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+64 27 261 5093
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Dermot was a pleasure to work with and helped us pick the perfect excursion for our cruise ship group, Christchurch and Banks Penninsula. Our guide, Nick, added depth to the breathtakng scenery by sharing his own experiences of the earthquake. Christchurch is still rebuilding which...More

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Many thanks for your kind and extensive review !

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We met Nick on the pier where he was selling his tour. It sounded interesting enough and we booked it on the spot. He had 6 people going and off we went. He was quite chatty and entertaining. He took us first to the original...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

We only had one day to see this area and Dermot made the most of it! He was very knowledgeable and looked after our every need. He walked with us thru the amazing Gardens and took us to the Cardboard Catherdal. He told us about...More

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

Glad you enjoyed the tour to Christchurch and the Botanic Gardens and that you will remember the day !

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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Got off the cruise ship via tender at Akoroa where we were met by an abundant amount of friendly people offering a variety of tours. We chose to go with Dermot. We were glad we did. His was very friendly and very knowledgeable. In his...More

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2018

I am very happy you enjoyed the tour and the views from the Summit Road above Akaroa Harbour !

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Nick was a great tour guide. Very engaging and kept us entertained all the way to Christchurch and back. Would recommend to anyone wanting to learn a bit about the history and development of Akaroa and Christchurch.

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Thanks for4 taking the time for this review.

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Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Got off the cruise ship via tender at Akoroa where we were met by an abundant amount of friendly people offering a variety of tours. We chose to go with Dermot. We were glad we did. His was very friendly and very knowledgeable. In his...More

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2017

Very happy you enjoyed your day excursion to Christchurch and Banks Peninsula ! Thank you for the review !

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Reviewed 20 April 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

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 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

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Reviewed 9 April 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 12 April 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

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Reviewed 1 April 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

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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

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

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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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dermot_hall, Owner at E S Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Glad you enjoyed the scenery and my stories ! Dermot

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hheinz93
10 July 2018|
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Response from CatrinaE | Reviewed this property |
If this relates to Christchurch then I can highly recommend ES tours. Very pleasant and knowledgeable. Good tour, all day.
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Bustopher_Deane
23 August 2015|
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Response from dermot_hall | Property representative |
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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