Discover the secrets of Art Deco Napier with a knowledgeable local private guide.
Ki Ora and welcome to Napier!
This 3 HOUR journey will begin at New Zealand's Art Deco Capital Napier when John, in his Mercedes Viano coach, personally greets you at the I-Site as you alight from the shuttle. You will discover how the region recovered, reclaimed and developed after the 1931 Earthquake disaster, before John takes you to one of the cities most stunning locations for a panoramic view of Napier city and beyond. Then it's into the city itself to discover what it has to offer and where you can see samples of perfectly preserved Art Deco Architecture. The tour will include visits to local Artisans in the area and will then circle back to visit New Zealand's oldest winery The Mission Estate before returning to Napier City to allow time for a stroll around the shops.
During this amazing half day tour you will see all the most popular sights and experience the best parts of the city with a knowledgeable and personable local guide.
Our morning "Napier Shore Excursion" will begin at 9. 00am with a personal pick up at the I-Site.
We will drive around Bluff Hill and past the bustling port where your beautiful ship will be at anchor. A drive along the Northern waterfront will highlight the reclaimed land as a result of the major 1931 earthquake.
A visit to "Classic Sheepskins" will delight and then a stop at the most photographed Art Deco facade in New Zealand.
On and up the Napier Hill, which used to be an island, and a stop at the panoramic "City Lookout" for an amazing overview.
From there a leisurely drive through the Art Deco streets of Napier City with John explaning the history of the rebuild that makes the city unique.
We then drive down the stunning Marine Parade with views out to Cape Kidnappers for a stop at "Silky Oak Chocolate Factory". After indulging some treats we visit New Zealands oldest existing vineyard the historic Mission Estate for a tasting and then back to the City/Ship via the Northern coast
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: 3 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 for the tour and connections to and from the Napier City I-site.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZD - All tour related expenses including admissions are included in the cost of the tour as well as wine tasting at the Mission Estate which is complimentary.
However other personal purchases at any of the attractions are not included. The amount indicated here would be for those personal expenses.
You are responsible for purchasing any items of a personal nature related to shopping, souvenirs, snacks, and restaurant meals.
Wine tasting at the Mission Estate however is complimentary and included in the package.
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Four of us were on John's tour of Napier,New Zealand. It was our best tour of our cruise! John was very informative and his Mercedes van was Uber comfortable.