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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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Exactly what you need to do at Akaroa and Christchurch.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rusty5858
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Gladstone, Australia

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Gladstone, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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 

Tweed Heads, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect trip for the day we had in Akaroa. Dermot was at the dock awaiting our cruise ship and offered us a great day with many sights to see from Akaroa to Christchurch. He was very knowledgeable about the area and far superior than the ships crafted tours. Extra stops were not a problem either. Should we visit this beautiful... More 

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

Thank you very much for chosing our tour......as an owner /operator of a small business such as ours we value every customer and review ! I hope you enjoyed your other stops in New Zealand ! Dermot (Dermot Hall, E S Tours) More 

Bunbury, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Marie from ES Tours was an excellent host/driver and tour guide, Very informative about the area and a lovely woman to spend the day with on our shore excursion. Definitely recommend as we were very pleased with service.

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

I am pleased you enjoyed Marie's tour !......she will be back helping us in December/ January 2016/7 when it is busier....I will pass on your comments to her....it is nice to have a French-born guide working with us in an area with so much French history and flavour. Dermot (owner/operator, E S Tours) More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016

Although we had researched possible tours before we arrived in Akaroa we were not confident about prebooking. We were very pleased to find ES Tours on the pier. They were offering exactly what we wanted at a good price and assured us that we would be back in plenty of time for our cruise departure. Nick was a very pleasant,... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind comments......I will pass them on to Nick. Dermot (Owner/operator , E S Tours) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

Hats off to Dermot from ES Tours for a fabulous day. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about the area, he is also very personable and friendly. Our group of 10 was well looked after and enjoyed the day immensely. As our ship's itinerary was reversed due to impending cyclonic weather, we were arriving on a completely different day but... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

We arrived in Akaroa from our cruise ship unwilling to pay top dollar for an inferior tour. We were delighted to find this great tour company on the pier. We enjoyed a wonderful day out with informative commentary and good company. We were delivered back to port in good time for our departure. Thank you for a wonderful memory.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

The second stop on our cruise was Akaroa. We joined E S Tours and was met by Nick, our tour guide for that day. We toured around Akaroa and smalls towns, for some very great views and many spectacular wildlife; After that we went to the main earthquake place Christchurch. We saw many of the ruins around Christchurch and how... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Spent the day being harassed by other tour guides as i got off my Cruise Ship, we spoke to Nick, he was straight forward and nice and was very reasonably priced. Very professional and he is a true local knows the in's and outs of the area

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Gosford, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

In 2012, my ex-wife and I did a Princess cruise to New Zealand. Apparently it didn't work. Three and a half more years passed and I just had to do it again, and took along my housemate. We did the same trip, but in reverse order,so we hit Akaroa as the second port. This was one tour we had actually... More 

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Lemont, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

We stepped off our cruise ship and did not know what we wanted to do for sure that day. Dermot from E S Tours was on the pier with information, decent tour prices and seemed genuine and nice. We usually prebook these things, but we had not done so in the Port of Akaroa. We wanted to see the countryside... More 

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