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“The Best of Hawke’s Bay Tour – Napier & Hastings” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Absolute deTours

Absolute deTours
112 Avenue Road | Greenmeadows, Napier 4112, New Zealand
+64 6-844 8699
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Ranked #7 of 36 Activities in Napier
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Owner description: We are a family-run travel business giving our guests a unique experience of the attractions in Napier, Hastings, Havelock North and surrounding areas. Our well trained staff will make your tour relaxed and special. We use luxury vans and coaches and provide free transportation to and from your local accommodation. We are proud supporters of Napier's Art Deco Heritage and work in close association with the Art Deco Trust. Book with Absolute de Tours today - it's simply the best way to see Napier's beautiful and historic Art Deco city centre and all the highlights of Hawkes Bay.
Hastings, New Zealand
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“The Best of Hawke’s Bay Tour – Napier & Hastings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was a great day trip for the value! We hit all the main areas. Yvonne and John customized the tours for us. They are very good tour organizers. I would definitely recommend their tour service to anyone who has a limited time in Hawke’s Bay. This was the second time they organized tours for our visitors from India.

Samuel & Cynthia

Visited January 2014
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john b, Manager at Absolute deTours, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
Hi Synthia and Samuel,
Thank you for your reply and photos. Great to hear you enjoyed the tour with us and we certainly enjoyed the time spent with you all.
Yvonne and I send our regards and look forward to meeting you all again sometime in the future.
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Art Deco Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Hi Yvonne,
Thanks for our tour with you last weekend. You were fantastic, and your knowledge of Napier, Art Deco and history of Napier outstanding. We had an incredible tour and all for $40 each - so worth it., It was certainly the highlight of our visit to Napier. Well done and we will certainly recommend you.
Thank you
Robyn, Nagaire and Kath

Visited September 2013
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“Made my trip!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We had the most fabulous day with Absolute deTours, Yvonne was a fountain of knowledge and John was a great driver and very supportive of the passenger's needs. The trip was fantastic value, informative, well paced and fun! We visited three wineries which we thoroughly enjoyed. Our participants were keen for chocolate treats and our guides kindly agreed to take us to the chocolate factory. The afternoon tour provided us with a comprehensive tour of Napier, enjoyed by all as we soaked up the sights in the sun. Highly recommended when you visit Napier.

Visited September 2013
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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“Absolutely Wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

A great value for money trip of an Art Deco tour combined with a tour of three lovely wineries. Yvonne was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and well supported by John. Nothing was a problem, the afternoon tour was conducted at a very relaxed pace and thoroughly enjoyed by all participants.
Thank you for helping to make magical, marvellous memories for me.

Visited September 2013
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Limassol, Cyprus
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“Absolutely Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

My wife Maggie and I dropped in to Napier on board the cruise ship Arcadia in March, 2013. I had not been to New Zealand before and neither of us had visited this Art Deco town. But what a fabulous run ashore it turned out to be. Napier was bathed in sunshine. We didn't book the ship's tour, preferring to do our own thing. When we dropped off the shuttle bus from the ship there were several stands manned by people offering their own brand of The Art Deco Experience. We were attracted to the Absolute de Tours stand manned by John. He explained the options we had; we decided on a tour of Napier and the former tobacco factory which took us through the Art Deco Quarter to the Marine Parade and then up Bluff Hill for panoramic views over Napier, Hawke Bay and the inner harbour. We had a wait of around 30 minutes until departure time which gave us a chance to explore a little on foot. At the appointed hour we mustered and climbed aboard a mini coach to begin our dekko at Napier. By now the coach was fully booked. The driver was Yvonne, John's wife, and owner-operator of the company. What a treasure she was/is! Such passion for Napier but then with good reason - her family roots are firmly planted in this piece of "yesteryear".
What Yvonne doesn't know about her birthplace could probably be written on the back of a postage stamp and in capital letters! Her commentary is one of a relaxed style punctuated with humour and nothing like some tour guides I have come across around the world who are very "schoolmarmish" if you get my drift. The transport is comfortable and questions are positively encouraged. The 90 minutes stretched to well past the advertised time and Yvonne offered the option of getting dropped off in town or back at the ship. As we had already walked in town, and seen and heard about its history on our tour, we opted to be taken back to the ship where one of the local character called Bertie and some of his chums with period motor vehicles were lined up. A memorable tour that will remain with us for ever I hope, made all the more enjoyable because of Yvonne's absolute passion for Napier. Thanks a million, Yvonne. Oh, and it cost just NZ$ 40 apiece an absolute bargain! John Thorpe, MBE.

Visited March 2013
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john b, Manager at Absolute deTours, responded to this review, July 3, 2013
Hello John and Maggie,
I hope you both have settled back to routine and the holiday spirit is still both with you and getting ready to book another cruise.
Thank you for your wonderful comments about your Art Deco tour of Napier and the time spent with me whilst ashore. It is great to recieve such a long and detailed account of your visit to Napier and we would like to see you back someday so we can show you what else our "Beautiful " Hawkes Bay has to offer.
All the the best to you both and John sends his regards, Yvonne.
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