Scott GreenbergUnited States
Dermot went above and beyond during our tour of Christchurch. His enthusiasm and knowledge was impressive and his personality was genuine and warm. We had a delightful time seeing this part of New Zealand through his eyes. My only regret is that we could not take him with us on the rest of our trip! I highly recommend Dermot!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Scott, it was a pleasure showing your group the area ! ....and many thanks for taking the time to post a review.
Seng Hai LeeSingapore, STATE/PROVINCE, Singapore
Dermot was highly professional and knowledgable. He was safety-conscious, and navigated the mountainous roads and one-lane tracks with ease. His vehicle was spacious, clean and comfortable. He knew the best places to eat, rest, take walks and snap good photographs. While he was a good conversationist as he drove, he also let us take naps when we needed it. He was accommodating towards our requests to tweak the itinerary, including last minute changes. As a result we enjoyed our day trip to the Pass!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure taking you and your family to Arthur's Pass and jet-boating the Waimakariri River......many thanks for taking the time to write a review ......happy travels! Regards, Dermot
Thomas DowdUnited States
Dermot is an excellent, friendly guide but the tour involves too much monotonous driving over bumpy, winding hillsides of similar appearance. I was led to believe Christchurch was special. It did not appear to be. The price was therefore excessive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am pleased you and your wife enjoyed the local NZ craft shopping and choice of restaurant in the Botanic Gardens for lunch. With a Tours By Locals booking the guide/transport are booked as a package so it is the same cost for 2 or 11 in the group..this is clear in the booking process and I am sorry you did not pick that up and include your 2 friends..that would have halved the tour cost per person. Many come to NZ just for the scenery-I hope you enjoyed the larger cities in the N. Island and Australia.
Patty VilleggianteUnited States
Dermot, was great and showed us a great time and very accommodating and learned a lot. we loved Antarctic which is a must see. he is friendly and makes you feel like he knows you. we seen as much as we could and he makes that happen. I would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure showing your group of 22 around Christchurch for your day excursion.....I am happy everybody enjoyed themselves !
Ann FarinaUnited States
If you are looking for a guide who is familiar with the area oh can't govwrong. Dermot knows the history and trivial facts and makes for an excellent tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your rating and comments and it was such a pleasure showing your group the mountains and passes of the South Island near Christchurch and Lyttelton !
John JamisonUnited States
Dermot was an excellent guide for our group of 4. He provided us with considerable insight into Christchurch's struggles since the earthquake. Given the amount of destruction and reconstruction in process, I do not think we could have had a better tour. The pace was right and Dermot was friendly and knowledgeable .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks John for taking the time to review ! Safe travels, Dermot
Janice ScottUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for taking the time to rate your tour !
Kathleen AllenCarmel, CA, United States
Dermot was flexible on the itinerary which allowed time to see Christchurch. We had been there thee decades earlier long before the fatal earthquakes. He also added the personal touch to those lives lost rather than quoting statistics. I work with earthquakes every year and he was able to weave that aspect into his tour of a city rising from the ashes.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure showing you both around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.....many thanks for taking the time to write a review !
Glenn ParksUnited States
Wonderful!!! Dermot was our guide/friend and did a wonderful job. He added so much to our vacation; meeting us right when we left the ship and filled our time with amazing adventures including beautiful vistas and interesting places. Some of the best memories of our 15 day trip are becauses of Dermots knowledge and joy for what he does. Don't miss out.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review....it was a pleasure showing you and your family Christchurch, The Antarctic Centre etc.
Nancy B.United States
Dermot led a great tour of Christchurch. His knowledge of the earthquake experience and consequences, the history of its founding, and the current emerging architecture was most impressive. He knew where to take us for fabulous views from its dormant volcano, upclose sighting of the port city, the estuary and the beachfront, and multiple stories of local people. His willingness to answer our many questions about the economy and educational system was much appreciated. A delightful tour on a sunny day!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to show you around Christchurch and Lyttelton.....best wishes on your travels !
Jan LangeUnited States
We had a great tour of Akaroa and Christchurch. Beautiful area. Very knowledgeable about the area. Strongly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Very happy that you enjoyed this part of New Zealand ! Regards, Dermot H.
Dermot provided us with a wonderful tour of the Akaroa area. We wanted a tour "off the beaten path" and he certainly provided that for us! He packed so many things into the day that we felt as if we had really seen everything that we had been hoping to see. He took us to a wonderful little spot for lunch and made frequent stops along the way so that we could take pictures wherever we wanted to. He was flexible, pleasant and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend Dermot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am glad you enjoyed the views around Akaroa and Banks Peninsula....it was a pleasure to show you some of the less visited places. Regards, Dermot
Sandra DavisUnited States
The four of us had a great day with Dermot. He clearly knows the area around Christchurch, the beautiful drives, the history of the area, the people and what the area has to offer. He did an especially good job of introducing us to Christchurch, its past, the earthquake, and its present. We enjoyed him personally and know you would find your time with him well spent.
Susan HarperUnited States
Dermot was a fun guide with interesting commentary about the area. Highly recommend this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review....Regards, Dermot
Christine W.United States
Dermot customized a tour for us that included a visit to the Mandalay sheep farm to see a demonstration of sheep dogs herding -- at our request, he even arranged a special sheep shearing demonstration with the farmer that none of the big tours got to see. Thanks for the special effort, Dermot! The visit to Christchurch was good too, with beautiful scenic overlooks. But it's a drive and more time poking around Akaroa might have been equally fun. Everything was top notch with Dermot--we loved every minute!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Glad your group enjoyed the day ! Cheers, Dermot
Geoffrey S.United States
Dermot was a pleasure to work with. I contacted Dermot back in March of 2017 for a tour in November 2017 expressing the interests of our group of six. He put together a tour to satisfy the requests of each of us. His knowledge of New Zealand kept us all informed and his easy going, pleasant personality helped make our tour educational and enjoyable. He was willing and able to modify the tour a bit to accommodate new requests. We highly recommend Dermot to anyone wanting a wonderful day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking time to give feedback ! Merry Xmas, Dermot
Diane FoxUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the 5 star rating. Regards, Dermot
Bob GoldsteinUnited States
Dermot delivered a really good day in a city that had been devasted from the quake. He did the best he could under diff weather conditions. It rained mist of the day but he made sure every part of our tour was seen. Great hard. Tough conditions.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for taking the time to do a review . Regards, Dermot
Wayne YipHong Kong
DERMOT is an empathetic walking encyclopedia,deserves 5 STARS AT THE VERY LEAST! Not a dull moment on our 3-day Christchurch/Banks Peninsula/Akaroa tour which showcased 2011 quake destruction, the community's ALTRUISTIC effort to rebuild; scenic drives over breathtaking landscape with abundant wildlife evolved since volcanic eruptions MILLIONS of years ago,modified by diverse native and colonial farm heritage; conservation of native endangered species,supervised ADVENTURE ENCOUNTERS; splurge-worthy EATS!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your review.....it was a total pleasure showing you the area ! Regards, Dermot
Karen CaillierUnited States
Christchurch is interesting as far a how they are moving forward after the earth quake, especially the use of cargo containers. The real beauty of this tour is the country. There are beautiful views everywhere if you take the route over the mountains. Dermot lives in a beautiful area with an awesome view, you don't want to miss.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your review Karen !
Christine AdlerUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for taking the time to submit a rating, Regards, Dermot H.
Sally LundbladUnited States
Dermot was an excellent guide. He met us at the port and was cognizant of, and adaptable to, our interests and needs. This began before we even jumped in the car when we expressed an interest to take a short walk to the nearby lighthouse and continued throughout the day until her returned us to port. He shared a wealth of knowledge about the area and was also very personable. I would highly recommend using Dermot as a guide when you are in the Akaroa-Christchurch area. Kudos to him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the review Sally !
Robert ArmijoUnited States
We really enjoyed our time in Christchurch with Dermot. He's a great guide and it was amazing to see the beautiful countryside and the town. Can't wait to go back again in a few years!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for taking the time to review the tour Robert !
Carol LoveladyUnion, KENTUCKY, United States
Dermot was fantastic guide and we all had such a wonderful day. The lunch he arranged was the best of the entire cruise and we really appreciated the "snacks". The airplanes were a hit since we had so many pilots and they kept asking for them in other locations but were unable to find them. Highly reccomend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the review Carol.....it was a pleasure customising the tour for your largish group. Hope you enjoyed Christchurch !
Leslie SlezakUnited States
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.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks, Leslie ! Dermot
Nancy ShelmonUnited States
Great tour, well-paced. Dermat worked hard to customize for us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Than you Nancy.....I hope you enjoyed the rest of your NZ tour ! Dermot
Susan HsiUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure showing your family the South Island, Susan.....best wishes for the rest of your travels ! Dermot
Yvette GafenUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the feedback.....a pleasure showing you and your family Christchurch and Queenstown !
Michelle KingGRAPEVINE, TEXAS, United States
If there were six stars then that is what we would give Dermot for our day in Akaroa and Christchurch. He met us at the pier after our tender from our cruise ship. From the great vehicle with microphone and speaker to his wonderful commentary and insight, the day just got better and better. He drove us to one of the most beautiful views any of us had ever seen. He gave us time to walk the rim of the mountain in peace and never rushed us. His perspective on the recovering Christchurch was heartfelt.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Michelle....it was a pleasure showing you the area !
Alan AndersonUnited States
Dermot was great tour guide. Flexible. Very personable. Made our newzealand experience very memorable. Highly recommend. Great personality. Definite to do tour
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Alan !