For visitors staying in Christchurch and cruise ship pax stopping at PORT LYTTELTON (but NOT Akaroa !)....up to 10 pax !
Discover the "Garden City" with a day tour of central city landmarks, the Port Hills, Lyttelton Harbour. . . . . . . earthquakes have damaged a lot of buildings which are being rebuilt or demolished at the moment so the city is very busy . . . . we can walk up close to the Cathedral, visit the Restart container shoppping precinct and find out about the earthquakes of 2011. Canterbury Museum is open and next to it are the beautiful Botanic Gardens. There are great views across the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps from the Port Hills above Christchurch (Sign of the Takahe)and the Port of Lyttelton is always an interesting stop with its Antarctic exploration history etc. We can pick you up from any location in Christchurch/Lyttelton and are happy to personalise/customize your tour for you in case you have any special requests or if you are more than 11 people and need a larger vehicle.
Our tour includes Cathedral Square and its damaged neo-Gothic Cathedral, the Original Provincial Chambers, Canterbury Museum, Arts Centre, Christ's College, Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park (third biggest city park in the world). We drive up the Port Hills to the Sign of the Takahe and along the Summit Road with views of the Southern Alps, Canterbury Plains and the Port of Lyttelton. I will tell you about the history of NZ and the area as we go and give you information about the 2001 earthquake and our plans for the future. . . . PLEASE NOTE. . . . . . due to the earthquakes roads are being repaired and many buildings are being rebuilt or demolished. . . . . . Christchurch is changing daily we may adapt the tour/route to accommodate the rebuilding.
We are happy to personalise the tour by adding options such as Mona Vale Homestead and Gardens, Sumner Beach, The International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank Wildlife Park (see a "kiwi"), Air Force World (free entry) etc.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We can pickup from your hotel, Christchurch International Airport or the Port of Lyttelton (your cruise ship is inside a restricted area....we should have access to pick you up shipside but if there are any unforseen issues we will meet you just through the security gates)
End location: Dropoff at your hotel or anywhere in the central Christchurch area.....Port of Lyttelton or Christchurch International Airport
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
Half Day Tour also available ($350 USD)3.5 hours.
The services of your guide and transport in our LTNZ Licenced vehicle are included. Our vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats with seat adjustment, air-con and a microphone for commentary. We are licenced to operate under both a SPSL (small pax service licence) and a LPSL (large pax service licence...over 11 pax) if needed.
The services of your guide and transport in our LTNZ Licenced vehicle are included. Our vehicle is a modern 2013 Toyota Hiace Minibus with 11 passenger seats and a microphone for commentary. We have air-conditioning and the seatbacks can be adjusted. The seat configuration is 2+1 passengers along the back two rows with 2 passengers per row in the front 2 rows. There is one seat next to the driver (great for those who love photography).IE from the rear 1+2,1+2, 2, 2 and 1 passenger seat (front).
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 New Zealand dollars - Bring some extra cash to cover expenses (food, lunch, entrance fees)
Your morning tea/coffee
Lunch (we can recommend a variety of restaurants)...approx. $20 NZD pp
Entry to optional activities/venues (eg.International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank Wildlife Park.....see a live kiwi) etc.)
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Dermot was a great host and tour guide. He adjusted the day to fit our needs and was very knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed our day with him.