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“The complete package”
Review of Absolute de Tours

Absolute de Tours
Ranked #8 of 23 Food & Drink in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are a family-run travel business giving our guests a unique experience of the attractions in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North and surrounding areas. Our well trained staff will make your tour relaxed and special. We use luxury vans and coaches and provide free transportation to and from your local accommodation. We are proud supporters of Napier's Art Deco Heritage and work in close association with the Art Deco Trust. Book with Absolute de Tours today - it's simply the best way to see Napier's beautiful and historic Art Deco city centre and all the highlights of Hawkes Bay.
Auckland, New Zealand
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The complete package”
Reviewed 31 March 2014

Yvonne was our honey of a guide. The history of the aftermath of the earthquake came to life in the words of someone who heard all the folklore at her father's knee. This born and bred Napierite articulates tales about all sorts of things with humour, pride and love. We saw the best that Napier has to offer including the different art deco styles in architecture which Yvonne is passionate about. DON'T MISS IT

Visited March 2014
Thank Jeanette71_24
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Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Art Deco bus tour.”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

We booked our tour through the Tourist information centre on 18th March 2014 for the 2hr Art deco tour the following day and were picked up by Paul our driver at our accommodation. After introductions we were told that we were the only ones for the tour so we got a one on one guided tour. Paul was very informative on the Art deco period and the history of Napier what happened after the earthquake and the re building of the town. Time was no issue for him and he was only too pleased to stop for photo shots. The end of the tour, which went very quickly, we were given the choice of seeing some art deco homes or going to see some vintage cars so we chose the latter. And arrived at a place called Hooters vintage and classic car hire. The place was a hoot and Dave the owner has many old vintage and classic cars and was quiet happy to answer any questions asked. The cost of $40.00 was well worth the money and by far value for money. Big congratulations to Paul our driver. For anyone wanting to see Napier this is the trip to do. Anne & Dennis Watson

Visited March 2014
Thank Denwats
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Perth, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A must to understand & get your bearings of Napier”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

Paul was our driver and because of no-shows we were the only two on the tour, advantages & disadvantages, Paul looked after us very well, he has a small separate step for bridging the gap into the van which Sue found most helpful, his commentary was personal, live and to answer all our questions, he might know the facts off by heart but they came out just for us two. Great 90 minutes explaining and showing, what was left after the earthquake, what they built and how they view things now. Well worth the time and money and would recommend to do as soon after you arrive in Napier as you can. Who needs HOPO when you have Paul and this tour?

Visited March 2014
Thank BigDen55
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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470 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
“Just what we wanted.”
Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

We wanted a personalised tour of Hawkes bay with a few wine tastings. I wrote to a couple of companies, but only Yvonne actually replied with an itinerary. I had a few emails back and forward and we finally agreed a full days itinerary for an acceptable price. Yvonne arrived dead on time and my wife and I easily filled the day with visits to honey farm, chocolate maker, ice cream maker maker, olivery, four vineyards, lots of sightseeing and a magnificent lunch stop. The day ended with a full Art Deco tour of Napier. Yvonne was great and VERY knowledgeable - her company is highly recommended.

Visited March 2014
Thank Brian D
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Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Wine Tours”
Reviewed 6 February 2014

We highly recommend this tour, we were a group of 5 and John took us on a wonderful wine tasting tour to Mission, Ashridge, Te Awa (Had a fabulous lunch here) Hawke-ridge and Abby. A great selection of diverse wineries in a comfortable bus. A great tour and great value. Ticked all of our boxes.

Visited January 2014
Thank kiwoz2
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john b, Manager at Absolute de Tours, responded to this review, 19 February 2014
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about our wine and luncheon tour with us, and delighted you enjoyed the experience, especially topping the Tour off with a very nice lunch, makes the day so pleasant and also creates lasting memories.
We hope to see you again sometime and hope you have settled back to routine. Ready to do it all again one day. Kind regards to you both John.
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