For those staying in Christchurch or arriving by cruise ship at PORT LYTTELTON (not Akaroa).......for up to 11 pax !
Our tour starts at the Port of Lyttelton within the ancient volcanic harbour. We drive across the fertile Canterbury plains (about 50 miles) and up into the Southern Alps passing over Porter's Pass (just under 1000m or 3000 ft) and on to the Craigieburn Range. The naturally flowing, braided Waimakariri River is a magnificent sight as are the limestone rock formations of Castle Hill. Arthur's Pass National Park and alpine village are in the centre of the Southern Alps which are covered in native beech forests and enticing valleys.
My tours are flexible and very personal so let me know exactly what you would like and I will do my best to provide a fun and informative day out !
If you are more than 11 and need a larger vehicle I can create a customised tour for you
Our tour takes us about 2. 5 hours drive up into the Southern Alps where we can enjoy the great glacial valleys and rivers to the alpine village of Arthur's Pass. . . . stops at points of interest along the way and for photos. We will look out for the joker of the mountains. . . . . . the Kea. . . . New Zealand's curious and unique alpine parrot. . . . . . the return trip is back along the same route across the Canterbury Plains. . . . if time permits we can also explore the centre of historic Christchurch. Total driving time : 5 hours.
OPTIONS : Jet-boating on the Waimakariri River (please let me know before the tour), Port Hills Summit Road (views over Christchurch and to the Southern Alps), Christchurch Tour (time permitting)
International Antarctic Centre (time permitting).
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
Duration: 7 hours
Our vehicle is a modern Toyota Hiace tour vehicle 2013 with microphone for the guide commentary. We have air-conditioning, reclining seats and maximum capacity is 11 passengers.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZD - NZ$30 lunch
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Two scores. For Dermot, 5 stars; for the tour, incomplete. Dermot is experienced, knowledgeable & adaptable - reworking the tour per our requests. The requirements we imposed & other factors did not allow him to complete the tour as planned. A late start + a short city tour (~30 minutes), addition of a jet boat ride (~1 hour), unbelievable road construction delays (~hour, maybe more!), plus a requested early boat return (~1.5 hours penalty) meant we did not get to experience the Southern Alps as hoped.