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“EXCELLENT DAY OUT”

Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd
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Shore Excursion Half-Day Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour
Ranked #7 of 23 Food & Drink in Napier
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Owner description: 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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“EXCELLENT DAY OUT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

We took this trip during our 2 month holiday in NZ. John was a great guide. The wineries and brewery we visited were all welcoming. The tour and tasting were were informative and interesting. I would recommend this trip to anyone visiting Napier.

Visited February 2013
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Johnboy0123, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Good morning Elaine215: Thank you for taking the time to review your tour. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your tour with us in Napier. The wineries and stops that we make are very popular and for this reason we are very confident with the tours we undertake. Kind Regards John
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“Great day in Napier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

John was excellent in explaining the areas where we went. He also had a booklet with illustrations on every seat in the minivan. We had 20 people in our group.
He made sure we arrived at Te Mata Peak before all the buses did. The views were fantastic.
On the way back to Napier we stopped at a famous home made ice cream place where we could select the fruits of our choice to be made into ice cream. It was delicious.
I greatly recommend this tour since everybody in our group enjoyed it very much.

Visited March 2013
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Johnboy0123, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Good morning AJH_1Cruiser: Thank you for your kind words.. yes the day went very well, and more importantly I am pleased you enjoyed your Napier experience. I am not willing to make any changes to this very popular itinerary based on comments like yours and all the others we receive.
Again your comments keep us motivated and passionate about the shore tours we operate.
Kind Regards, John
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“Well worth seeing Napier with John and Maggie!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Like Leona C, we were a party of three and followed John's instructions to be off the ship right at disembark. Just a short walk down the pier were John's van's waiting for us. Maggie was our guide and yes, she was full of so much information for our many multiple stops in the city, great wineries to experience and the brewery was also great (had lunch there too). Maggie took very good care of us. My final remark, and I'm sorry but I have to mention it - is I wish we were given just a little bit more time in Napier to walk around and experience (ok - shop!!). 10 minutes is just not long enough! But all else was great...

Visited March 2013
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Johnboy0123, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Good morning Marie and DaryL. Thank you both for your comments. Yes, it really is a shame that your time here is so short.. not by your choice. We do maximize your time the best we can on the day. I agree... the broccoli salad is delicious! Thank you again. John
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“Lovely day in Napier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Thanks John for a very informative and fun day. Your obvious knowledge, passion and love of Napier is very evident. We only had a by short time in Napier and we are really glad we had the opportunity for you to show us around. We couldn't have asked for a more personalised tour guide. We have learnt a lot about Art Deco and wine from this region. Thanks for sharing your little hide away for lunch, the broccoli salad was delicious! All the best to you and Margaret. Marie and Daryl

Visited April 2013
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Johnboy0123, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Good morning Marie D. Thanks for your kind words. The tour went really well especially with the Winery and Winery Museum portion of the tour. It was great to see the complete wine making process from the fruit to the wine (tasting). The beers and ciders went down well to, as I recall... Ha ha.
Thanks again for your comments and enjoy N.Z.
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“Informative and fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

There were 4 of us traveling together, and we were off the ship very early. John was already waiting, but directed us to another van that his wife Maggie drove. There were 11 of us in her van. Maggie is so full of information and her love and energy for the area shows. She made sure all of us could see what she was talking about by always pulling over. She knew a lot of detail and could answer any question thrown her way. After showing us the art deco, we went wine tasting and beer tasting. I'm sure everyone on our tour had a great time with Maggie. The only drawback is the time was too short. I would have enjoyed staying in Napier longer.

Visited March 2013
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Johnboy0123, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review, April 5, 2013
Good morning Leona C. Thank you for your kind words. I (Margaret) generally take these tours from the ship. Both John and I believe that the tour is yours and if you want to stop for a photo we will whenever possible. This is one aspect that keeps us apart from our competitors. I agree, your shore time is very short, too short for such a great place to visit.
Thanks again for your comments and enjoy N.Z.
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