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. Dermot.
E S Tours offers private day excursions from Port Lyttelton to Christchurch / Akaroa /Arthur's Pass for cruise ship passengers.
For those arriving by cruise ship at Akaroa (50 miles from Christchurch) we can arrange tours to Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.
If you have more time the South Island is the perfect destination in terms of natural beauty.....we have it all....wild beaches....high mountains....serene lakes.....unspoilt forest.....ocean views...... culture, cities and excitement too.
We have been operating tours in the South Island of New Zealand since 1995 and have enjoyed showing visitors all corners of this beautiful island. Having a teaching background we have a strong emphasis on looking after small groups and ensuring you have a great time. We are based in Lyttelton, the port of Christchurch.
Our vehicle is an 11 passenger comfortable Toyota Minibus with air-con, reclining seats and a hard-wired PA system for a clear commentary. We are NZTA approved to operate small and large Passenger Service Vehicles which are regularly checked under the COF system.
Have a bigger group ? Contact us....we have comfortable 22 seater or 33 seater buses available if needed.
We follow standard NZ Government COVID protocols,
also daily cleaning of touch surfaces with sanitizer,
access to masks and hand gel if required and use of microphone for commentary to minimize risk. Driver/guides are fully vaccinated against COVID19.
With a variety of offerings to choose from, we're sure you'll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
"The tour was just brilliant. Everything was well-organised and we had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the small group size" Benjamin Spitzbarth, Germany
"Dermot is a great guide. He is very knowledgeable and really knows the area. Would take another tour with him in a heartbeat. "
Mary de Tessan, USA
"This was by far preferable to tours offered by our cruise line. Eight of us made the cost a superlative value, plus we avoided crowds"
Julie McEliece, USA
.......up to 11 pax in our comfortable air-con minibus.....great value for your family or traveling group.....tours start and finish in Christchurch (you decide how long you want to tour for and where you would like to go)........these are typical tours and can be tailored to suit your group. Please contact us for your quote.
Christchurch/ Lyttelton/ Port Hills/ Sumner Tour
Air Force Museum - entry free
.Christchurch/ Port Hills/ Little River/ The Hilltop/ Akaroa & Harbour/ Barry's Bay Cheese Factory/ Canterbury Plains.
Enjoy the views over the Canterbury Plains and the countryside we pass through (lakes, volcanoes, mountains, harbours etc. You will see the highlights of Christchurch (The Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, The Arts Centre, Cathedral Square etc.).....find out about the Feb. 2011 earthquake and our continuing rebuild. Learn about some NZ his the Maori and the people who lived her
Christchurch/ Port Hills/ Lyttelton Harbour /Little River/ The Hilltop Tavern/ Akaroa & Harbour/ Barrys Bay Cheese Factory/ Canterbury Plains/ Birdlings Flat gemstone beach)
Options .... 2 hour Black Cat Cruise@ approx.$95/adult....look for the Hector's Dolphin....the world's smallest and rarest and penguins or Manderley Farm Tour...please book these option with me before the tour
Arthur's Pass/Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains..go 2/3 the way to the West Coast and back....movie location scenery..braided rivers..look out for the kea-New Zealand's joker parrot of the mountains....flat, fertile farmland.....time to have a look at Christchurch on the way back.
Option of jet-boating the Waimakariri Gorge@approx.$95 pp for 30 min
OR Kaikoura Day Tour
Private groups of up to 11 pax.
Please contact us for more itinerary details......Driver/guide and vehicle/fuel included -excludes your accommodation/meals/entry costs
Please contact us for more itinerary details..... Driver/guide and vehicle/fuel included-excludes your accommodation/meals/entry costs
For small group tours, we can customize an itinerary to emphasize your interests. If you have a special request, send us a message, and we will be sure to get back to you soon.