All tours return to Lyttelton ahead of time for the boarding of the cruise ship.
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 worry free 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.
Our full day tour options from the port of Lyttelton include:
Christchurch City, Volcanic Peninsula, Akaroa
A tour that includes the 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.
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. The beer stop is often popular with the male members of a group, following a day of wine tasting.
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.
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
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.