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Shore Excursion: 4-Hour Discover Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour provided by Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd

Shore Excursion: 4-Hour Discover Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour

Shore Excursion: 4-Hour Discover Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour
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Enjoy a fantastic sightseeing tour of this very unique part of New Zealand. Showcasing the very best the Region has to offer. Drive through river valleys, stopping close to the top of the highest drive-able lookout in the region. Drive through Sheep, Cattle and Deer farming areas. See Orchards, Vineyards, Market Gardens, stopping frequently for photographs as you travel. Finally learn the history of Napier and discover Napier's Art Deco delights. This is a small-group tour limited to just 22 travelers for personal service. This tour is operated by a 16 year local veteran of Napier tours. A tour to remember for a very long time. Enquire now, seats are strictly limited and only available as pre-booked. NO sales on the day.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 240-270 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 240-270 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 38389P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or small coach (20 seats)
  • Bottled water
  • Fruit
  • Small souvenir
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Any other private purchases on the day not outlined in the itinerary
Duration
240–270 minutes
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Your tour starts at the FINAL SHUTTLE STOP on the day. Generally this is the Napier Aquarium and on occasion (generally smaller ships) it maybe the Visitor Centre. We will always be at the FINAL SHUTTLE STOP for you.
  • Ports:
  • Napier
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels maybe accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark; Please advise at time of booking. Subject to storage space
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan or small coach (20 seats)
  • Bottled water
  • Fruit
  • Small souvenir
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
  • Any other private purchases on the day not outlined in the itinerary
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Your tour starts at the FINAL SHUTTLE STOP on the day. Generally this is the Napier Aquarium and on occasion (generally smaller ships) it maybe the Visitor Centre. We will always be at the FINAL SHUTTLE STOP for you.
  • Ports:
  • Napier
Duration
240–270 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels maybe accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark; Please advise at time of booking. Subject to storage space
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 3 Nov 2020
A note from Shore Excursion: 4-Hour Discover Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour
Hawkes bay Scenic Tours will always meet and exceed all requirements around Covid. We also promote the use of the NZ Covid app which the QR code is displayed inside and outside all coaches.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd
    Stop: 2 hours
    Travel some of the best scenic roads in New Zealand
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
12 reviews
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Elaine & Nol
1 contribution
amazing Napier with amazing guide
Mar 2020
What a great experience. Firstly with John arranging our tour and then with our tour guide Maggie. Both have a great passion for their home town and region and willingly shared their extensive love and knowledge of the area with us. We toured the township to see and learn the Art Deco and earthquake histories and and then ventured into the hinterland to view some amazing scenery. We stopped off for a very tasty ice-cream along the way. We spent a very relaxed and enjoyable half day in friendly company, which then allowed ample time for us to take in the foreshore and this amazing town.
Written 26 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John H
Hi Melbou: Thank you for your fantastic review. All love our tours, but most don't leave reviews so it is always great to receive any review. Yes, we are both passionate about our City and we have been told many times, that it certainly reflects in our tours. It is always easier to sell something that you have a passion about. Thank you for your review. - John.
Written 27 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

karen d
8 contributions
Lovely Napier
Feb 2020
I booked the tour independently as I was travelling alone , the communication before I left was amazing, Maggie came to the hotel to collect me and drive me to the pick up point.

John was an amazing guide , friendly and very knowledgeable about Napier and the history about the Earthquake.
It was a hot day so again we were provided with cold water and an apple now that is thoughtful.Plus good rest breaks
Just another point Maggie even dropped me at the Mission Winery for Micheal Buble concert. Thank you so much , you are a great team it was a great trip I will definetly book with you again
Written 3 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
John H
Hi Karen D. Thank you for a fantastic review. We were pleased to have been able to assist you with the tour and also get you to the Micheal Buble concert... (2 birds with one stone). the tour you took, our Discover Hawkes Bay Tour, is hugely popular and I am glad it was what you were after and thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you for taking the time to review your day with us. - John
Written 6 February 2020
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Beverley M
Terrigal, Australia38 contributions
Napier’s Hinterland: Hawkes Bay
Apr 2019 • Couples
What a great excursion if in Napier for the day. We had a little history, a brief look around Napier & a wonderful trip into the stunning hinterland. There were orchards, wineries & an amazing mountain range with views to die for... photos attached! On return to Napier there is still ample time to enjoy this wonderful Art Decor town... loved it! Our guide was knowledgeable & entertaining.
Written 14 April 2019
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Hi Beverley M: Thank you for your fantastic review of your shore excursion tour. We are one of the longest serving tour operators here in the area and we pride ourselves with our Napier shore excursion itinerary. it has been most successful and enjoyed by thousands over the years. Thank you again for taking the time to review the tour. - John
Written 1 May 2019
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cindyjacox
San Antonio, TX100 contributions
Beautiful Scenery
Feb 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed our tour in an air-conditioned minivan with John as our guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable, telling us about the area and answering all our questions. The scenery was beautiful as we traveled through the countryside. When we returned to Napier, John described the history of the use of Art Deco architecture in the city and pointed out the specific features of this design style to help us appreciate the detail. As the tour was only a half-day, we had plenty of time to shop and explore the town before returning to the ship. This tour was a good value at a very reasonable price.
Written 21 March 2019
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Hi cindyjacox: Thank you for taking the time to write this fantastic review of your Napier Shore Excursion. Yes, we have been taking this tour for many years, we are one of the original tour operators in Napier and every day, every tour is a new tour to us. We love meeting our visitors and showing off the region to all our visitors. Thank you for confirming that we are still producing great Napier shore excursions.. and tours in general. - John
Written 1 May 2019
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Rons
2 contributions
Lois and Ron day in Napier
Mar 2019 • Couples
Our tour guide John was outstanding and very Knowledgeable of Napier's history and the wonderful locations we visited in the comfortable bus we traveled in. We particularly enjoyed the art deco architecture, the beautiful wine Valleys, and the panoramic views of the region from mt. Mata. We highly recommend this tour operator for anyone visiting the Napier area.
Additionally we left a cell phone on the bus which John recovered and was kind enough to forward it on to our next tour destination.
Written 20 March 2019
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Hi ATSFRR: Yes, I recall your tour.. yes, the hardest part was re-uniting you to your phone. That is so easy to do, and we have so much info on those phones/cameras today that it really is a lifeline to us. Firstly, thank you for your fantastic review of your Napier Shore Excursion and yes, I am pleased we were able to connect you to your phone before you flew out. Thank you again for taking the time to place this review. - John
Written 1 May 2019
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John C
Treasure Island, FL41 contributions
Well Worth It. Te Mata Peak is Amazing
Dec 2018 • Couples
This was nice tour, with plenty of time to wander the city and get back to the ship. We had a good driver, very informative and there was plenty of time at all the stops to take pictures and take in the views. If anything, I wish we'd have seen a little more of the art deco in Napier, but no complaints.
Written 22 December 2018
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Hi JohnC: Thank you for your great review. I am pleased you enjoyed your Napier shore excursion with us. As you are sometimes in port for a very short time, as your were this day, it is a juggling act for us to deliver a tour that everyone is happy with and the correct proportions for all. We do try to allow at least an hour at the completion of the tour for you all to walk up and around the main shopping areas before boarding the shuttle back to your ship. I am pleased that you enjoyed your tour with us on the day. - John
Written 1 May 2019
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TheTwinsMom
The Woodlands, Texas277 contributions
Could have been so much more
Nov 2018 • Couples
I am not a wine drinker so this tour seemed perfect for me and my husband. Unfortunately, it did not meet my expectations.

Transferring to the tour from the ship was very simple and straight forward. Once we arrived, we were divided into 2 vehicles. Our driver was a very nice man. Unfortunately, he was not a great tour guide. He started the first 10 minutes off well with the architectural information on the city. But after we passed the 6 sisters, the information curtailed off greatly. He did talk to us. It was just REALLY basic. He pointed out the things that were listed in the tour description as we drove by on the highway. He was a safe driver and I enjoyed hearing him sing a song.

Buses need to be escorted to the peak due to the narrow, winding road. So we had a scheduled time to arrive. We were going to arrive about 50 minutes ahead of schedule, so he detoured to a small town (Havelock North). He parked and told us we could all use the public toilet and shop for 30 minutes. So we all went our own way. This was a half day tour and killing this much time wasn't what I was paying for.

Afterward, we headed on to the peak. Our guide was pretty informative on the drive from town to the peak. He called to let them know we arrived but got no answer. We waited there for a while (we were still early). Eventually, the escort arrived and we went to the top. It was a nice view of the area. He gave us plenty of time to take pictures. We then headed back toward Napier. He asked us if we were ok skipping going to one town on the way back. He seemed to think we didn't have time and that "we only go down one street." Of course, we all agreed.

When we arrived back in Napier, we went to a very picturesque neighborhood with narrow streets and a good view of the city from up high. We all popped out and took photos. Then we headed back to town where our guide offered to drop us off in town or take us back to the transport. Since it was still early, we pretty much all chose to walk around town.

A bit more information. 1) The transport vehicle was nice and in good shape. Unfortuneately, several seats don't allow you to put your feet on the floor. Which was very uncomfortable.
2) I have a feeling that this tour would have been significantly different if we had gone with the other guide. I am assuming that we missed a bunch of things or we would not have arrived so early. That is part of the reason I gave this a 3 star review instead of a 2 star. It has the potential to be better. As it is, if I could do this tour again, I wouldn't.
Written 10 December 2018
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Grace
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Beautiful scenery, informative, fun, best value for money and time
Mar 2018 • Friends
We joined John recently on this tour after visiting several other NZ cities in a similar fashion via shore excursions - this was the best tour by far for the following reasons: John was flexible when our ship changed our original plans and then adjusted the tour to fit the timing. We saw everything and did not feel rushed. John is both knowledgable and personable. Some surprising sights along the way in terms of seeing farm animals too which I will not spoil for future visitors. Overall I thought this tour the best value for time and money overall. Not to be missed!
Written 16 March 2018
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Hi Grace P: Fantastic review... thank you !. As you will know, Maggie and I have operated this tour for 13 years now and we wouldn't change a thing. We continually receive fantastic reviews like your review and this makes us so proud of what we do. We understand that a bad tour can ruin a holiday so we try very hard to make our tours the best tour of all our clients holidays... and many say "this is the case". Again thank you for taking the time to place your review. Happy memories. - John
Written 18 March 2018
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nicklehorse
North Shields, UK36 contributions
Best Tour by a mile!
We were on a cruise round New Zealand. We mainly did excursions organised via the cruise ship but we decided to go with an independent company. I’m so glad we did. This tour was excellent. Much better than any of the ones we did via the ship and much better value for money. The organisation was easy to sort as was the rendezvous and drop off in plenty of time to get back to the ship before sailing. Our guide was Maggie. She was great. Knew so much about the area. We learned loads about Hawkes Bay and Napier area. Loved the whole tour especially Napier. Amazing Art Deco architecture. If you are on a cruise round NZ then definitely check out this company. You’ll save loads and have a much better time.
Written 5 February 2018
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Hi Nicklehorse Thank you for your kind words, I thoroughly enjoyed your company and it's people like you that make it fun and enjoyable. Glad you have left with happy memories of a wonderful little city that has so much to offer. What a shame you are not here this weekend (14th- 19th Feb) for our amazing Art Deco celebrations. Thank you once again . Cheers to all Maggie
Written 13 February 2018
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MervDrew
Frome, UK57 contributions
Shore excursion
We decided to book this tour in the UK before our cruise. As looking at the ships tours this was good value for money we were not disappointed. A small bus excellent driver in John and very enjoyable we certainly learnt the history of the area. Perhaps the only fault was too much of the decor of some of the houses. Impressive.
Written 31 January 2018
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Hi MervDrew: Thank you for your great review.. they are always appreciated. The tour you choose in my opinion, is the most popular pre-booked tour in Napier on any given ship day (for many years) and we are proud to state this. Yes, the fantastic countryside and scenic locations etc are all fantastic and the Art Deco of course is unique in the world. This is the reason why we drive through an Art Deco Housing Estate. The house drive is just 2 streets at a slower pace for the many that wish to take photographs. I do appreciate your comment as while this is hugely popular for most, it may not be everyone's favorite subject. Overall, this portion is hugely popular. I can tell be the amount of requests to stop for photos and listening to the very quiet van or small coach and seeing everyone against the windows taking dozens of memorable photos. Again, thank you for your review - John
Written 12 March 2018
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Perfect afternoon tour
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Great wine tour
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Really enjoyable, informative and fun afternoon!
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