Art Deco Napier, a wine tasting and great scenery with a private guide
Explore Napier and surrounds in a spacious luxury air conditioned SUV with me, your knowledgeable, friendly local driver/guide to show you all the highlights. I will not only show you all the key locations but will bring the historic events to life with true stories from the time and plenty of photo opportunities.
Napier - famously destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 - was rebuilt in the Art Deco style. l will be happy to adjust the itinerary to include the things you most want to see, including for example:
Art Deco City
Bluff Hill Lookout Point (great views)
Ahuriri's historic fishing village
National Tobacco Co Building (Rothmans Building)
Art Deco homes in Marewa
The Six Sisters
Next, visit one of Hawkes Bays finest wineries for a wine tasting before heading out of town to ascend Te Mata Peak (Hawkes Bay's highest point) for stunning 360-degree views.
Finally, a short stop at a local cafe for refreshments before returning you to the drop-off point.
The tour itinerary can be fully customised to ensure you enjoy your time with me to the fullest. Starting in central Napier, we cruise the Central Business District as I share with you the story of Napier's destruction by earthquake and subsequent rebirth as the Art Deco Capital of the world.
Up to Bluff Hill Lookout for spectacular views over the Port of Napier, then down to the historic fishing village of Ahuriri and the famous National Tobacco Company building. On next to the Napier suburb of Marewa to see the streets full of Art Deco homes built in the late 1940s, then on to a top local winery for a tasting.
*Optional* stop at a local chocolate factory for a tasting.
Onward out into the open countryside taking in rivers, estuaries and open farmland until we reach the village of Havelock North, where we drive to the summit of Te Mata Peak to enjoy fantastic views (weather permitting).
Finally a pause for teas, coffees or something stronger before returning to the drop off point in Napier.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at any location within central Napier - other locations by arrangement.
If you are arriving in Napier by cruise ship, please let me know; I will send you details of a cruise ship-only meeting point where I will be waiting for you.
End location: I will drop you at any location within central Napier - other locations by arrangement.
Duration: 4 hours
Luxurious modern & spacious Nissan Murano SUV with full air conditioning, leather interior and privacy glass.
Transportation & wine tasting fees are included in the tour price.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 New Zealand Dollars - estimated possible costs per person to cover refreshments or snacks along the way (optional).
If you want to purchase wine during the tour, you can expect to pay an average of between US$15 and US$40 per bottle, which is not included in the estimated figure. The majority of wineries in Hawkes Bay accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards, so it is normally unnecessary to carry large amounts of cash.
Any food and drink (apart from the wine tasting) purchased during the tour is not included.
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We enjoyed our day with Paul. He was informative and knowledgeable about Napier.