Before that I had a job where I welcomed thousands of passengers off cruise ships that came into the Bay. So my favourite thing to do is show incoming visitors our stunning slice of paradise, all from the luxury and comfort of a vintage car! I emigrated here from England nearly 25 years ago, I have got three wonderful kiwi kids and could not have embraced my new life here more! I'm totally in love with Napier and it's surroundings, and over the years it has been my passion to learn more about the fascinating history and stories of the region.
Napier is the Art Deco capital of the world, imagine seeing all the beautiful architecture from the back of an open top car from the 1920's or 1930's! Our rich Art Deco culture has been immaculately preserved over the years since the devastating earthquake of 1931, let me tell you the stories of our locals, both tragic and uplifiting. I also have of course made many friends in this warm and inviting community, these connections have been invaluable when it comes to showing my visitors "the best of the Bay". Who doesn't want to meet a winemaker and taste wines from our world class wineries, or head to the many incredible, award winning restaurants. I will find the best spots for photographs, maybe take you for a sumptious high tea at one of the old homesteads of Hawke's Bay, all the while taking in the incredible scenery along the back roads that no tourists will ever find?
One of the best connections I have made is with a family that own 20 vintage cars! I have been trained specifically to drive these vintage beauties (no mean feat I can assure you! No power steering, you have to double dip the clutch, and often in the pre-1930's vehicles the pedals are in a different order!) and I now offer my tours in an array of spectacular cars. Open tops for those sunny days, or the grandeur of a closed top will make you feel like royalty. My aim is to provide my customers with a luxury tour in a vehicle you would never normally get the opportunity to ride in, then sit back, relax and let me show you around this amazing part of New Zealand.
Hopefully by the time you leave, you will be as in love with Napier and the Hawke's Bay as I am.
I have a NZTA accredited passenger endorsement, which involved stringent tests to ensure my suitability to carry passengers correctly.
I have been trained specifically to drive all the vintage vehicles I have to offer tours in.
My 9+ years involved with the tourist industry, either through the cruise ships or vintage car tours, means I have my finger on the pulse of all that is in the Hawke's Bay for our visitors to experience.