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“Best tour ever”
Review of Hawkes Bay Express

Hawkes Bay Express
Ranked #5 of 32 Tours in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: See the highlights of Hawke's Bay aboard the award winning Hawke's Bay Express, a delightful and truly unique sightseeing train that travels on road. Hop aboard the family built and run Hawkes Bay Express and begin your journey through one of the most attractive cities in New Zealand or take a sightseeing tour of the region. Your modern road train is styled like an old-fashioned steam train and inside you'll find a romantic, old-time atmosphere. Sit back, relax and watch vibrant Napier come alive through the train's large opening windows. The Hawke's Bay Express city tour guides you through the coach restricted city centre. Then takes you over Napier's beautiful Bluff Hill, where the early settlers lived and the old port village of Ahuriri and the inland lagoon. The in-depth commentary covers the regions history, 1931 earthquake, the cities rebuild, economy, industries and lifestyle with personal stories of life from the 5th generation Hawke's Bay owners. If you have a large group book a private sightseeing tour around the region or even a beer appreciation tour to 3 venues. The options are endless. See you on board!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
East Gippsland
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best tour ever”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

The most informative and money well spent (Will) to hear and see the history and sites of Art Deco Napier.

Visited March 2013
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
To the tin shed crew, many thanks and love the photos of your house on line, my wife thought it was fantastic.
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very Enjoyable and Informative”
Reviewed March 5, 2013

Have just returned home from our Cruise to New Zealand and whilst in Napier we did the Hawkes Bay Express tour it was a great way to get around the town and was also very informative and interesting. Very pretty town with a lot of history and love the Art Deco buildings, the old time cars around the town all beautifully restored and even the locals dress in the old style clothes. Reminded me a little of Brisbane in the 1960's. The Hawkes Bay Express has been lovingly built by its Owner/ Operators and is a credit to you guys and a great boost to Napier Tourism. Thank You. Leanne and Trevor Brisbane. Queensland. Australia

Visited February 2013
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2 Thank leannes477
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Hello Leanne and Trevor, Thank you for your kind comments.
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Hawke's Bay
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fantastic tour for both young and old!”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

As a Hawke's Bay local I don't often take advantage of the tourism opportunities on my own doorstep, however with my 3 year old nephew in town for a visit I though a ride on the Hawke's Bay Express would be a great bit of entertainment for us both...and I was right!
I elected to go on the 20 minute children's tour of Napier which was the perfect balance of fun for the kids and informative history for the parents and adults. Our driver Will was excellent - he was friendly and fun, and ensured everyone had a good time. Before we even set off, he let my nephew sit in the driver’s seat and showed him how to sound the train whistle - little things like this make all the difference :)
We toured around central Napier taking in the sights and waving to everyone who watched us drive by. The train itself is beautiful, and a unique and fun way to tour the city. My nephew was delighted with the trip and has not stopped talking about his fun train ride since!
Thanks to Will for a wonderful experience on the Hawke's Bay Express!

Visited February 2013
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
We are very pleased you and your Nephew enjoyed the tour and thank you for taking the time to let others know as it certainly helps a new business like ours.
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Ballarat, Australia
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fabulous trip”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

My sister and I travelled on the Express from our cruise. The whole experience was a delight, lots of local info. given in a very impressive way. The trip around showcased the pride that Will and his father have for their town. A tourist attraction not to be missed, our favourite stop of the whole cruise. We will certainly recommend to friends and family.
Pauline G & Jean V.

Visited January 2013
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Hello Pauline and Jean, Thank you for taking the time to review our tour experience. We have just passed 3,500 guests and aim to make them all as happy as yourselves. I hope you get more travelling in soon. Regards Will.
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Auckland New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Experience”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

A great 90 minute tour packed full of information made more interesting with snippets of local knowledge. Certainly gave us information about Napier that we hadn't heard before. The 'train' is in beautiful condition and is a real tribute to the effort being put into making this a successful tourist venture. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would happily recommend.

Visited February 2013
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Hello and thank you for your very positive feed back. As we are a new business this really helps people understand we are delivering a great tour and experience.
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