My Back Yard private tour


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Activity Level



City, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 7



English (fluent)

Gardens, heritage, views and coffee of Christchurch with a private guide

This City Tour is a 6. 00 hour trip which will show you why it is called the Garden City showing off the city's main attractions as well its beautiful parks. Christchurch is still in recovery mode from the February 2011 Earthquake, but the main features remain. The heritage precient with Museum, Arts Centre, Botanic Gardens and Art Gallery providing the backdrop for the Port Hills.
As this tour is more organic than most, I have built in flexibility to allow for personal interests. However one of my recommendations would be to drive up the Port Hills to see the spectacular view over the city and across to the Southern Alps. Other interesting attractions are the Cardboard Cathedral as well as a chance to see the Anglican Cathedral which is still showing the power of the quake.
This tour is personalized and flexible to accommodate your interests.


Depending on your departure point your tour will include a visit to the City's heritage present. Included in this area is the Arts Centre, Botanic Garden, Christ's College, and Canterbury Museum. Other points of interest that will be covered are The Tannery, the Spanish influenced New Regent Street, Sumner Beach and the Port Hills.

There will be time for a bit of shopping, art gallery viewing and coffee and a bite to eat.
I am happy to personalize a tour to meet your interests. For example, if you are a Rugby fan I can show you Richie McCaw's home club, if craft beer is your thing I am happy to stop by a couple of excellent brewery's. Wine, no problems, just north of the city we have excellent vineyards serving award winning wines. Aviation history is covered with the excellent Air Force Museum.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: I will collect all those touring with me from their specified meeting point. Be that the Wharf in Akaroa or Lyttelton,your hotel in Christchurch or a private residence.

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 6 hours 30 min.

This tour time may vary to fit in with your schedule.


Transportation will be in a late model Van or SUV.
There may be some walking involved depending on activities.

What’s Included

Other: Your Tour will include any entrance fees, water and on board snacks.
This 5 /6 hours guided tour in private transportation will be in an air conditioned van.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 New Zealand Dollars - The estimate is based on a quick lunch, a glass of wine or juice and perhaps a snack.

What’s Extra

Other: Any purchases of souvenirs will be at your own expense as will lunch.

A Recent Review of this tour

What a fabulous tour & guide! We had an absolutely wonderful day in & around Christchurch with Michael. During our first few minutes conversation, we mentioned our previous activities & he said that told him what we liked. He tailored a perfect day for us. We enjoyed the drive around the surrounding countryside, got to see a kiwi (!) at a nature preserve, enjoyed a nice cafe lunch, a flying visit to the botanical garden, & a drive through the city. He was knowledgeable, informative, friendly. Loved this!
Eileen Eads

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