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Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd

Napier, New Zealand
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About Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd
We are a family owned and operated Local Tour company. We specialize in private local tours, including Cruise Ship Shore Excursions. These tours offer Sightseeing, Art Deco, City history, also Wine and Brewery Tours. This is truly a fantastic region to visit. Napier was completely destroyed in 1931 by a 7.8 earthquake, and rebuilt in the style of the day, mainly Art Deco and Spanish Mission. Napier, along with the Hawkes Bay region, has been a secret for too long, discover it today with us.
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21 reviews
Napier is famous for two things: its Art Deco architecture and wine. Travelers can experience both on this convenient tour. It’s especially designed for cruise ship passengers who have a limited amount of time on land and therefore don’t want to waste any time getting to the highlights. Learn about Napier’s history and the reason for all the Art Deco design, then stop at two wineries and an ale house.
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from $80.21
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The Hawke's Bay wine region produces some of New Zealand’s most renowned wines, but it is also becoming known for its beers and ciders. This half-day tour lets you sample all three—visit New Zealand’s oldest winery and a boutique winery, sample a selection of red and white wines during guided tastings, then visit an ale house and cider house where you can taste the many different varieties.
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Discover Napier’s striking Art Deco architecture on this city tour. Admire the beautiful buildings of the Ahuriri and Marewa districts; see Art Deco landmarks such as the National Tobacco Building; and learn more about the distinctive design style. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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from $41.71
25 reviews
Visit three wineries and a beloved local ale house on a half-day tour that’s all about Napier wine and beer. Taste wines at each destination, from the country’s oldest winery to a boutique winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a comprehensive tour, then visit a wine museum built into underground wine fermentation tanks. The small-group tour wraps up with three glasses of cider or beer at an ale house in Napier’s historic center, and it includes round-trip transportation from the city center.
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Discover the rural beauty of Hawkes Bay and Napier’s Art Deco architecture on a half-day shore excursion from Napier. You’ll see a scenic landscape of orchards, vineyards, and pasture, and enjoy dramatic views of Te Mata Peak. Next, step back in time in Napier’s historic neighborhoods, where you’ll see perfectly-preserved Art Deco architecture that dates back to the 1930s and 1940s. With all transport by climate-controlled coach or minivan, this Napier shore excursion is the perfect introduction to the Hawke’s Bay region.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank-you John for the excellent and informative tour of the Hawkes Bay area and 3 wineries and ale house. Your choice of wineries and personal touch was much appreciated and made it an enjoyable day. We especially enjoyed Moana Park where they gave us a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Guys.. Thank you for your great review. It is always a pleasure to receive such reviews. It is also great to hear what portions apeal the best to you, as this also keeps us ahead of our game for our clients. Safe travels -...More

Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

My friend and I had a great day out with john. He was fun and informative about the Hawke’s Bay Area. The wineries we visited were wonderful. All in all it was a fun fantastic and informative day out. Thanks john for such a good...More

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2019

Hi Jo and Jules: Thank you for this lovely review of your Wine and Beer Tour. Yes, as I mentioned to you both, we love our local area and do our very best to highlight it to our clients. I am really pleased to receive...More

Reviewed August 8, 2019

Picked up on time by Maggie. The day was full of absolutely lovely wine , beer & Cider. Maggie was a wealth of knowledge, whether it was about the history or architecture of Napier or about wine & wineries. Don’t miss this tour, it was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

Fantastic trip went to 4 vineyards and tried lots of wines! Maggie our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we learnt a lot and drank a lot😂. Would definitely recommend

Date of experience: August 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2019

Hi Susan: Thank you for lovely review. It was a pleasure to have your company. I hope you got to see the whales. Email on its way. wink.. wink.. - Maggie

Reviewed August 1, 2019

Thank you John for a fantastic afternoon out. Your personalized tour, knowledge, choice of venues, and company was thoroughly enjoyed and greatly appreciated. All our stops were memorable with each one having their unique tipple, however Moana Park must get a special mention for their...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2019

Hi Susan50: Thank you for your fantastic review. It is always great to receive reviews to keep us on top of our game. Yes, we have been taking tours now since 2006 and are proud to receive so many reviews such as yours. Thank you.-...More

Reviewed July 26, 2019 via mobile

John was a great tour guide and always kept us updated with what was happening prior to our tour. On the day we did tastings at three wineries - Mission Estate, Monana Park & Te Awa Winery, we then finished with drinks at Speight Ale...More

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2019

Hi Theonly..: Thank you for taking the time to write a fantastic review. We really do appreciate that you have taken the time to compliment us on your tour. We are proud of our tours, the places we visit and the feedback we consistently receive....More

Reviewed July 22, 2019 via mobile

I cannot say enough great things about our tour guide, John. Such a lovely man who really knew his stuff. The wine, beer and cider tour was the best one I’ve ever been on! Hands down. Be prepared for a large amount of alcohol (which...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

HI Caitlin: Thank you for your great review. It is always great to receive reviews like yours. Most say they will review but we all have busy lifestyles and while on holiday, it is often overlooked. This is our 14th year and we have it...More

Reviewed July 22, 2019

I can't recommend this tour enough. John was an excellent tour guide and extremely accommodating. John picked us up at our accommodation, took us for a quick art deco tour (which was extra on his part and fascinating), we went to four different stops and...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

Hi Rachel: Thank you for your fantastic review. It was a pleasure to be able to accommodate your wishes on the day and throw in some extras. I love this fantastic part of New Zealand and taking the tours is a great way to express...More

Reviewed July 19, 2019 via mobile

We were in the area during off season but still wanted to do a tour. Contacted the company because we wanted the wine, beer and cider tour. John arranged it for us for the next day, even though he had to make some changes to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

Hi Taliar: Thank you for taking the time to write your great review of your tour. Yes, we will try very hard to supply the best tour possible on the day. Yes, this year we have many extra wineries closed for different reasons, but I...More

Reviewed May 19, 2019

We were met at the shuttle terminal point from our cruise ship by John, the owner. He tailored our tour to our preferences, and was very affable and informative throughout. I do not believe we could have done better. He has several sizes of vehicles...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

Hi 488 Mic... : Thank you for your fantastic review. As we are a small company, we are often able to make the changes to make your tour fit your requirements on the day. I am very pleased we were able to deliver a tour...More

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Irving F
December 9, 2017|
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Response from John H | Property representative |
Hi Irving Have no worries about the timing. We have been taking these tours for 12+ years now, same tour (too popular to change) and the ships arrival times (shore times overall) have not changed for the past 5 years. The... More
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wendykohke
June 21, 2017|
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Response from John H | Property representative |
Hi Wendy - thank you for your enquiry Yes, we would start a tour for you based on a couple (2 people). You did not mention which tour. Regardless, if you complete the booking form on the site - I can get you all... More
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Kevin C
September 19, 2016|
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Hi Kevin C: Yes, the tours we offer suit these times. This is the normal amount of time for Napier (sadly it is a very short time). We offer 2 tours. In very short form, 1 is a wine and City art deco tour while the other is... More
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