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Discovery Travel Day Tours

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Address: Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-357 8262

Christchurch based tour operator offering small group, day tours to Akaroa,...

Christchurch based tour operator offering small group, day tours to Akaroa, Waipara wineries, Arthurs Pass, Kaikoura, and Hanmer Springs, giving you a very personalized tour. Cruise ship tours from Akaroa are also available. Activities such as whale watching, swimming with dolphins, TranzAlpine Train, thermal pools, spa treatments, jet boating, and wine tastings are all on offer. Private charters for 2 people to 200 people are also available.

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Great Day on Tour

We had a private tour of two couples and our excellent tour guide, John. We started out in Akaroa with a general tour of the area and then started over the hills to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Roy B

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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a private tour of two couples and our excellent tour guide, John. We started out in Akaroa with a general tour of the area and then started over the hills to Christchurch. Stunning scenery and excellent narrative by John. We had a nice break in Little River then on to Christchurch with a view of the entire area... More 

Thank Roy B
Vienna, Virginia
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71 reviews
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

We arranged a private tour of Akaroa (including Banks Peninsula) for my wife and me from Discovery Travel on Waihangi Day (Feb. 6, a public holiday in New Zealand). John Carter picked us up in a Toytota Highlander at 8:45 am from the Strathern Motor Lodge. There was delightfully little traffic because of the holiday. John took us along the... More 

Thank Silverstreak46
Potton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We used Discovery Travel for a full day private tour from Christchurch to Mount Cook. We found them a very professional & reliable company. It was a long day trip and John the Owner/Driver provided an excellent service in a very comfortable vehicle. Coffee was provided en route, as was an excellent lunch in the Mount Cook Lodge. We thoroughly... More 

Thank thebankses
Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We were a mixed group of 11 friends and family ranging in age from teenagers to grandparents arriving in Akaroa on a cruise ship looking for a private tour to suit our needs rather than a big bus group tour. After researching the web and reviews I found Discovery Travel's website and from my initial email enquiry was very impressed... More 

Thank SparkyMax50
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We did the Waipara wine tour and visited 5 great wineries. John was very helpful and knew exactly where to take us and was very friendly. He was also very happy to drive us into Christchurch centre after the tour. For a small group (i.e. Just 2 people), this tour is quite pricey but was an excellent trip.

Thank Alexandra M
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

We were 4 couples from the Celebrity Solstice tendering off in Akaroa to take our day trip to Christchurch. The weather was perfect and we were able to get off very early and surprised John by being there when he arrived. We had a beautiful ride through the countryside and rolling hills to Christchurch. Christchurch was somewhat disappointing because what... More 

Thank BonRich1
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Beautiful Mt Cook region and landing by Ski plane on the top is highly recommended. Our guide, John, was just great and made our day an unforgettable experience!

Thank veronique277
Shenzhen, China
1 review
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I sincerely recommend this tour. Booking online was easy and Jo was very responsive to my questions via email. John is a nice person and chatted with us and helped us considerately throughout the trip. Easy 45 min drive from Christchurch downtown to the Waipara region. totally we went to 4 wineries and they each have their own characteristics of... More 

Thank Xiaolin W
Austin, Texas
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 9 September 2016

Waipara Wine I could not recommend this tour more. This was one of the highlights of our 2 week trip through Australia and New Zealand. Booking online was easy and Jo was very responsive to my questions via email. We booked a wine tour for our group of 4 last Thursday. John picked us from the Novotel Cathedral Square at... More 

Thank Mrs_O_TX-USA
Houston, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 1 June 2016

My husband and I went on a private day wine tour and is was fabulous. We had the freedom to visit the wine tours at our leisure and have lunch at whatever winery suited our taste. Josh our driver was very helpful on what wineries to visit depending on what we liked to drink. Overall, great experience!

Thank melis0516

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