Call Jeeves Tours are experienced tour operators providing small group tours from the port of Lyttelton over the summer cruise ship season.
The majority being small group 'Private Tours'. Throughout your entire time ashore you will be accompanied by one of our driver/guides to ensure a memorable and relaxing day.
Our departure and return times travelling in one of our small luxury mini-coach vehicles enable a no-rush experience, ensuring efficient use of your valuable time ashore by eliminating the frustrations associated with large passenger coach travel.
All tours return to the port of Lyttelton in time for the re-boarding of the cruise ship.
Our full day tour options from the port of Lyttelton include:
LYTTELTON HARBOUR, christchurch city AND SURROUNDS
The journey from the port of Lyttelton begins with a tour of the Lyttelton township settled back in 1850 with its many quaint historic houses that were originally the homes of the port workers. After departing the township you will visit a number of very scenic inner harbour bays before travelling up to the volcanic crater rim road with its spectactular views over Christchurch city and the immense rural land mass of the Canterbury Plains.
After viewing the region from up high, you will descend into Christchurch city, it being the 'Garden City' of New Zealand with over 700 green recreational parks and gardens. The largest being Hagley Park home to many English Oak trees planted by the city's early settlers some 150 years ago.
Since the city's earthquakes of 2011, the innner city is being rebuilt to become a safe city with a growing number of new buildings of modern and exciting architecture, being home to the city's retail hub, restaurants, and offices. Prior to he earthquakes Christchurch was a city of traditional English designed buildings of stone and brick. construction. Fortunately a number of the city's historic buildings survived the earthquakes and have now been restored and strengthened.
After visiting many of the city's iconic loactions such as, The Botanic Gardens, Canterbury Museum, Riverside Market, Cathedral Square your day will conclude with a visit the seaside suburb of Sumner prior to the startung the return journey to Lyttelton by way of a scenic volcanic peninsula road pass. Tour duration approximately 7 hours.
A tour that includes many features within the Christchurch city centre, before travelling through both flat and hilly rural land to Akaroa. The Akaroa township is a picturesque holiday resort village situated on the edge of an extinct volcano and is very proud of its combined English and French heritage.
The journey from the port of Lyttelton involves travelling a 500m+ high crater rim of the volcano that offers many vantage points with breath taking views and numerous photo opportunities, along with visits to some of the stunning smaller bays that are accessible on the volcanic peninsula.
During the time in Akaroa there are opportunities to partake in recreational activities, say a cruise on the harbour to observe and or swim with the regions protected Hector Dolphins.
The area also provides numerous options for lunch with its many quality restaurants. The day concludes with a journey back to Christchurch by way of a road pass into the Lyttelton harbour with its mixture of permanent residences and holiday homes, including a tour of Canterbury's early settled town of Lyttelton, with its many quaint old style residences. Tour duration approximately 7 hours.
Join us for an entertaining tour of the famous wine region of Canterbury.
Our Waipara Valley winery tour includes visits to a number of specially selected wineries for enjoyable and informative tastings of around twenty different locally produced wine varieties. The day is inclusive of a platter lunch at one of the wineries during which one may enjoy a bottle of locally produced wine or continue with wine tasting.
The day may conclude with an optional visit to a nearby craft brewing company where one may partake in a cold New Zealand craft beer, or alternatively a coffee. Tour duration approximately 7 hours.
Inland Rural Canterbury, The Southern Alps and Arthurs Pass
A tour to experience magnificent scenery within the area of the Arthurs Pass National Park and New Zealands Southern Alps mountain area that is bordered by the two mighty rivers of the Rakaia and the Waimakariri.
A tour into this area encompasses many magnificent views including locations made use of in movie productions. The days travel includes the traversing two mountain passes on route to the mountain village of Arthurs Pass. Arthurs Pass being a stop/destination for the famous NZ TransAlpine train.
Near to the Arthurs Pass village is a spectacular roadway viaduct that ensures safe and all year round road access to the magnificent West Coast area of the South Island.
Should one wish the day may include a New Zealand famous jet boating experience through a picturesque and breath taking river gorge. Tour duration approximately 7 hours.
A tour from the port of Lyttelton through picturesque North Canterbury rural farmland and the many small townships along the way.
Hanmer Springs, once a farming area service town is now a tranquil and picturesque alpine holiday resort and tourist village that is surrounded by mountains that are snow-capped in winter.
The area hosts a wide range of recreational activities that include the famous open air thermal hot pools and water slides, bungy jumping, river jet boating and quad bike riding, along with a number of scenic walking tracks. Tour duration approximately 7 hours.
Lord of the Rings Film Set Location at Mount Sunday
This tour is a must for Lord Of The Rings followers. It involves travelling inland into the Canterbury Plains region over some of New Zealand's high production rural farmland that is heavily involved in dairy, grain and seed crop farms.
From there we leave the flat plains area and travel into a spectacular and picturesque Rangitata river gorge located at the base of the Southern Alps mountain range. Mt Sunday was the location for the movie set for the Edoras of the Lord of The Rings.
Whilst no evidence remains of the movie set that took nine months to construct, as on completion of the filming the set was required to be fully de-constructed and the land area returned to its pre-filming state.
Our visits in to the area provides New Zealand visitors (Lord of The Rings fans) an opportunity to see the area close up and to see why Peter Jackson decided the area so ideally portrayed Tolkiens Edoras. Tour duration approximately 7 hours.