Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour

Experience the splendors of Hawkes Bay's colorful fields, vineyards, orchards, and postcard scenery, along with the world famous "Art Deco Capital of the World".

Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour

This tour will allow you to unlock New Zealand's best kept secret - Napier and the greater Hawkes Bay area.

This tour features some of the best scenery in New Zealand, as you drive through mixed farming country. Enjoy sights of sheep, cattle and deer farming, as well as orchards, vineyards, market gardens and much more while on your journey.

Hawkes Bay is noted as the Gourmet Food and Wine region of New Zealand. It is the second largest and oldest wine producing region, producing mainly Bordeaux style wines. You will drive through the most scenic parts of this land on some of the most picturesque roads in New Zealand. Eventually, you will reach Te Mata Peak--the highest peak in the area. This famous location boasts some of the most breathtaking views of the Heretaunga Plains and Hawke's Bay. Your vehicle will take you to a photo stop, located almost towards the top of the peak, where you will be able to take in the majestic view and snap some pictures as we traverse the scenic Hawkes Bay roads.

The tour continues with an informative drive through the main streets of Hastings City. You will hear some of the stories behind New Zealand's largest natural disaster, the 1931 Napier (Hawkes Bay) earthquake, and why the cities of Hastings and Napier were rebuilt in the popular styles of yesteryear.

From Hastings, the tour takes a scenic drive back to Napier to soak up the Art Deco style in and around Napier. You will enjoy a drive through a mostly 1930's Art Deco housing estate. The tour then drives through the Art Deco Capital of the world, Napier City. Here you will see all the world famous Art Deco buildings first hand.

At the conclusion of the tour, you will have the option to do some shopping or just walk the main streets in the central city with your camera before returning to your shuttle. You will also receive a small souvenir to remember your time spent in Napier.

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Starting At
 
Tour Type
Group
 
Group Size
Small
 
Activity Type(s)
Scenic
 
Tour Duration
5 Hours
 
Activity Level
Easy
 
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 5 to 10 minute shuttle (complimentary) is required to reach your departure location.
 
Food/Beverage Provided
Fresh water and local fruit are included.
 
Special Instructions
We recommend guests wear comfortable clothing, a light jacket, and sunglasses.
 
Restrictions
This tour is not wheelchair accessible, as small vehicles used for the tour do not have storage compartments for walking aids. Guests must be able to walk unaided over paved, gravel and packed dirt surfaces, some with inclines.
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Bradford J. Miller
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Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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