Steve MejeurUnited States
Dermot was fantastic! He was very easy to work with, easy to be with, and by the end of our day, we felt like we had made a new friend! He made arrangements ahead of time for our group to visit Christchurch. His attention to detail provided security for us, and allowed everyone to relax and enjoy, knowing we were in good hands!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for taking the time to write a review.....I am happy the group enjoyed the Antarctic Centre and Christchurch !
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 !
Janice ScottUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for taking the time to rate your tour !
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.
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
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
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 ArmijoOrange, CA, United 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 !
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
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 !
John DoanUnited States
My diverse group of ten from Florida, California, Minneapolis and Montreal had a great time on this trip with Dermot. Dermot was very accommodating and understanding of our special requests to see some of the most amazing sights in New Zealand. During our journey, he would entertain us with interesting stories about New Zealand and its history. We gained so much knowledge and witnessed such beautiful country side from this one day trip with Dermot. We highly recommend him to everyone. Thank you Dermot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks John.....I enjoyed the day immensely also. Cheers, Dermot
George S.Boca Raton, FL, United States
A great job by Dermot. The six of us will highly recommend Dermot to other touring individuals or groups in the Christchurch and Akaroa area's. His recommendation on the International Antarctic Center and Exhibit was spot on. We had a full day of sightseeing, made mid-course changes for sites based on changing requirements and weather, and had a great time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks George....it was a delight to show you and yur group the area ! Dermot
Laura BlackUnited States
He is a superb guide. Extremely knowledgeable and sensitive to the clients needs. He was able to teach us both the history and culture of the area in an entertaining and thought provoking manner. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any of my friends visiting in the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Laura for the fabulous review ! Dermot
Dermot was a stupendous guide. Informative, kind, amazingly accommodating, very knowledgable. He made our day, especially my aging parent's, a very pleasant one. made the best of the available time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Sam and family. It was a pleasure to show you around Canterbury ! I hope you enjoyed your time together as a family in New Zealand !
Dan O'BrienBryan, TEXAS, United States
On April 4, 2013 Dermot gave 11 of us from the ms Oosterdam an outstanding tour from Akaroa to Christchurch and back. You know you're taking the scenic route when you go over cattle guards! The views from the ridge of Akaroa Harbour and Govenors Bay were stunning. We visited Christchurch for lunch and surveyed the damage done by the earthquake. Dermot has a pleasant personality and was fun to be with. He met us promptly at the dock when we arrived. Dermot literally went the extra mile when we c
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Dan.It was a pleasure to show your group around ! Dermot
Carolyn EwingUnited States
Despite the fact that I sent 3 different emails with names ten people on the tour, Dermot still had the booking listed as 4 people from our initial email. He was able to accommodate 8 people who enjoyed his tour, but we had to go with a guide who ignored our requests for time in Akaroa, dropped us at a shopping mall to eat in a food court,ignored our preferences.To Dermot's credit, he found another guide for us and paid the difference in the fare, but our tour was bad.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: 10 travelers arrived when I was told the tour was for 4, and that day I had an 8 seater van. I did pay another operator to tour with Carolyn and another traveler. I did not realize that the tour had not gone well until now, I did my best to ensure the 8 I had had a great tour.When I got home I checked through the correspondence and found there was no confirmation of names at my end. I believe I did the right thing on the day. I am unhappy that the tour with Robin did not go well. Regards, Dermot H.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: Dermot is very shocked to hear and apologizes for the way the tour with Robin went since he did his best to deliver a premium experience to the group he had with him. After going through the communication between guide and customer I couldn't find any message advising Dermot that there were more than 6 people in the group.
Gary NishiokaUnited States
Historian background. Intelligent, flexible, engaging, and helpful beyond expectations.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for the fine feedback!
Julie McElieceUnited States
This was by far preferable to tours offered by our cruise line. Eight of us made the cost a superlative value, plus we avoided crowds. The van was perfectly comfortable where we easily asked questions. Dermot is extremely knowledgeable, engaging, informative, sensitive to our needs, a good driver and generally charming. We were an athletic group, so Dermot added locations and activity level. His tour added huge value to a location he obviously loves. We all would unequivocally recommend this tour to all