Arthur's Pass/Southern Alps Day Tour with Private Guide....from Christchurch/Port Lyttelton (not AKAROA)

 (3)

Tour Number

Activity Level

529273


Categories

Other, Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. Tour is suitable for children.

Friendly: No.
The vehicle is not set up for handicapped visitors and has a small step up to the door.

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

Japanese (basic), English (fluent)

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

Itinerary

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

Transportation

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.

What’s Included

Other: 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). Single seats are 42 cm wide (approx. 14 inches) and double seats are 89 cm wide (approx. 30 inches for 2 pax)
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.
Our insurance is with Lowe, Schollum and Jones (including standard industry $10,000,000 liability insurance) and my vehicle is FULLY compliant to be operated on tours as required by NZ law (Certificate of Fitness AND Certificate of Loading).

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 NZD - NZ$30 lunch

What’s Extra

Other: Jet-boat ride on the Waimakariri River .....30 min.
We suggest lunch at Arthur's Pass village (about $20 -30 NZD)

A Recent Review of this tour

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.
Robert S.

Read More Reviews For This Tour
  • Book this tour

    Currency
    Tour Price

    1000 USD(for up to 10 people) (duration: 7 hours) deposit ?

  • Tour Number

    Activity Level

    529273


    Categories

    Other, Shore Excursion, Nature and Wildlife

    Details

    Kid Friendly: Yes. Tour is suitable for children.

    Friendly: No.
    The vehicle is not set up for handicapped visitors and has a small step up to the door.

    Maximum travelers: 10

    Language(s)

    explanation

    Japanese (basic), English (fluent)

  • Share This Tour
Private tour guide Dermot

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Dermot H.

Web address (URL) of this page: http://www.toursbylocals.com/ArthursPassDayExcursion

Tours by Dermot H.

See more of the tours offered by this guide.