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“Train/Road Trip around Napier”
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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Gosport, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Train/Road Trip around Napier”
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Great trip with excellent commentary. Many thanks to Tony and Yvonne Mason. Trip around the town/City of Napier with our friends.
The "train" was built and driven by the owners

Drive around the town includes a visit the old Tobacco Company building and a Sheet skin works. You can even buy those fitted sheep skin seat covers that you have always promised yourself.

Visited March 2014
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Hi David and Yvonne,
Thank you for your lovely review , we really appreciate your kind words. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour with us and we trust you had a safe journey back to your family and loved ones.
Kind regards
Will &Krysia
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A must do in Napier”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

Very informative tour of Napier. Will the driver was very knowledgable and with a good sense of humour. The tour took you all around the beautiful Art Deco town of Napier with very informative commentary from Will. With stops at the old tobacco factory, and a tour around the wool factory. Definitely a must do when visiting Napier.

Visited April 2014
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Thank you for your positive review and taking your time to share your thoughts. It was great to have you on board!
Kind regards.
Will &Krysia
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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
“Fantastic unbelievable”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

This is a must for people coming to Hawke's Bay the train is stunning in Art Deco form and the information about the area was very informative it was a highlight and a great thing to do with family and friends even locals would learn a lot well done

Visited February 2014
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Hello, thank you for your great comments and feedback as this helps us grow our small family business. Safe travels. Kind regards Will
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
140 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Fun quick tour around Napier”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Extremely cool ride across Napier and worth the value. The driver is extremely friendly, knowledgable and most of all funny. Extremely happy we took the ride and had a lesson on the history of Napier.

Visited April 2014
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, April 27, 2014
Hello! Thank you for such a positive review and your time taken to share your thoughts on trip advisor. I am thrilled you enjoyed the lighter side of the tour as well as the history and the whole journey through our wonderful city. Safe travels and kind regards Will
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Napier, New Zealand
1 review
“A new Napier icon?”
Reviewed April 19, 2014

Our whole family went for a ride and we all had fun. The moment we stepped onboard this meticulously built train we felt transported back to the art deco era. After a quick, old-fashion whistle, which our 5 year old boy was extatic about, we were on our way. Will's commentary is second to none, it is never boring or dull. He presented a quick history of Napier with a great sense of humor while traveling around the main streets. There were plenty of opportunieties to take a photo and we never felt rushed. Definitely one of the top tourist attractions in the bay, perhaps even a new icon? We're very glad we did it, thanks Will!

Visited March 2014
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review, April 27, 2014
Hello, many thanks for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your trip with your family and we hope to see you again as we constantly change tour routes and commentary to keep it fresh. Kind regards Will
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