Discover the secrets of Art Deco Napier and beyond with a knowledgeable local private guide
The 5 HOUR "Napier City and Environs Excursion" includes the majority of the Napier City Highlights Tour followed by a wine tasting and relaxing platter lunch at a beautiful vineyard. We then get off the beaten track and drive through the famous Gimblett Gravels wine region on the way to "Birdwoods Gallery and Sweet Shop" for complimentary Devonshire Tea.
Our adventure continues with a drive up Te Mata Peak. Learn about the Maori Legend of this stunning location, which stands 399 metres above the Heretaunga Plains, and experience the most incredible views of Hawke's Bay.
The tour casually makes its way back to Napier City via some of Hawke's Bay's wonderful countryside. I can drop you off at the City for a bit of shopping or to the ship via the shuttles.
This journey will inspire, entertain and delight
The "Napier City and Environs Shore Excursion" begins with a personal pick from the City i-Site or ship. We drive around Bluff Hill and past the bustling port and along the Northern waterfront where the reclaimed land as a result of the major 1931 earthquake is a highlight. The majority of the attractions of the Napier City Highlights Tour are included, with Art Deco a highlight, then off to enjoy a relaxed winery lunch. A drive through the famous "Gimblett Gravels" wine country takes us to the delights of the Birdwood Gallery and Sweet Shop for Devonshire Tea. We will see the towering mountain of Te Mata Peak in the distance with it's Maori legends and history. This astonishing location will offer the best panoramic views imaginable before we descend to enjoy a wine tasting. Well after all that we wind our way back quietly through beautiful countryside to Napier City in time for some shopping or to return to your ship.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will personally pick you up from your location or if on a cruise ship I will meet you at the Napier I-Site where the ship's shuttles will take you. If however your party numbers 6 I can pick you up directly from the ship.
End location: I will return you to your pick up location or the I-Site in the city centre to allow you to explore the shops or to catch the regular shuttles back to your ship. If I was able to pick you up directly from the ship I will also return you directly to the ship.
Duration: 5 hours
You will be transported in a luxury air-conditioned Mercedes Viano Van that seats six passengers plus the driver.We will be alighting a number of times for photographic opportunities and to enjoy the attractions.
My services as your personal tour guide and transportation in a private luxury vehicle to and from the I site in the city centre. If you are on a cruise the ship's shuttles will disembark and return you to the ship from here unless your party numbers 6 in which case I can meet you direct from the ship.
A relaxed platter lunch and a glass of wine at a beautiful local winery and wine tastings are included in the package along with Devonshire Tea.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZD - All tour related expenses including admissions are included in the cost of the tour.
However other personal purchases at any of the attractions are not included. Amount indicated here is for those personal expenses.
You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and additionals refreshments.
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There are not enough superlatives to describe our tour with John! Exploring Napier with John quickly placed Napier on my list of "where do I want to live if I ever move to New Zealand?" I can't think of a better way to get a spectacular overview of the Art Deco heritage, the wine growing region, and unique art. We bought a sculpture at a local gallery and are enjoying reminiscing about our wonderful New Zealand trip every time we look at it.