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Address: 2 Neeve Place, Napier 4112, New Zealand
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+64 6-844 5693
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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We are a family owned and operated Local Tour company. We specialize in...

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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US$69.96*
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Shore Excursion Half-Day Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour
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US$73.64*
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Shore Excursion: Napier Art Deco Tour with Wine and Beer Tasting - allow four...
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Half-Day Wine and Beer Tour from Napier

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Whirlwind Napier tour + Mission Winery

We booked with Hawkes Bay on our own. We took the shuttle bus from our cruise ship to city center and met John, our tour guide. As it turned-out, we were the only ones signed-up... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Colleyville, Texas
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wine and beer tour purchased as a kind gift -- being previous residents of Napier we looked forward to seeing it from a tourists perspective - 3 other couples joined us on the tour - from U.K. , Sweden and USA .. Maggie our guide did not factually give out all the correct info - the tour did not touch... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked with Hawkes Bay on our own. We took the shuttle bus from our cruise ship to city center and met John, our tour guide. As it turned-out, we were the only ones signed-up and we got a private tour. We saw all the significant sites, overlooks and heard about the history of the area. John did a great... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Steveh3Texas: Thank you for your fantastic review. I do recall your tour, we were very lightly booked this day to say the least, and yes, we did all have a great time. You had the time, they had the space when we arrived at the winery, so why not get the full experience.. ? When things are possible, we... More 

Rochester, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a different kind of review. I never went on John Hanlon's tour but I sure did have lot's of communication with him. I booked with Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour and pre-paid in full. Unfortunately my cruise ship cancelled this port after we had already departed. John was a great communicator throughout the entire booking and refund process. Although... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Darlak8: Thank you so much for your review of our business practices. As you discovered there is a huge amount of work away from the tours and the processes. The key attitude I have is very old fashion... treat others as you wish to be treated. People talk about karma etc, whatever you want to call it, we will... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful time visiting the countryside, the chocolate place where we of course indulged in some goodies . The flowers in the hanging baskets spectacular and it was great. Maggie is just superb. Also had the pleasure of meeting John and although our conversation was short he also is wonderful.

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi hairy1943; I love the sign on name.. ?? Thank you for your great review. Yes, on the day we had the time so why not spoil you all with chocolates.. ? Yummmmy. The tours we operate are what we consider the best overall tours on any given days. John loved the reference also.. Thank you - Maggie. More 

Southern CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this a a shore excursion from a Princess Cruise. It was our favorite excursion of all. Maggie, our driver and guide, was very informative and such fun to be with. She was personally welcomed at many places and that made us feel special just to be in her company. There was plenty of wine to be tasted as... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi travtips4us: Thank you for your fantastic review. Our personal goal is exactly what you commented on... "It was our favorite excursion of all". We publicly make that claim as our goal for all our clients. Thank you again and we wish you safe holidays. - Maggie More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Once it became clear that the weather was going to be poor during my visit to Napier, I booked on to the wine and beer tour early in the morning. Maggie was on form in the company's new 10-seater van, which was comfortable. We spent time at various wineries, all of which provided a decent number of samples. It resulted... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Callcrookie: Thank you for your fab review. I am very pleased you enjoyed the tour and that it was better than expected. The wineries we choose on the day are what we consider a great mix to give you a greater cross section.. and yes, the Ale House.. well that goes down a treat as a great way to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I are spending a day or two in wonderful towns throughout NZ and Napier was one - a delightful and very informative afternoon was spent with John. He took us to 4 wineries, with key high points of each before we arrived, and with plenty of time to enjoy not only the wine but the history and... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi SIMBA350: Thank you for your fantastic review. How can you possibly leave the lovely area and not discover the famous Art Deco we have to offer? Well, that is how we view it. While we don't advertise this point we cover this off also so you do get the very best from your wine tour (visit to Napier). Thank... More 

Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best ways of seeing the town of Napier and the surrounding area. Guide was very informative and interesting, quite a good value trip and plenty to see with stop offs to take photos and enjoyed the free samples there. Loved the Art Deco buildings, in fact loved the whole town and the surrounding area. If you like... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi johnnymak48: Thank you for your great review. It pleases us to continually receive great reviews such as yours. You mention "good value", and yes, "treat others as you wish to be treated" is the backbone of our success and pricing is part of that thinking. Again thank you for your review. - John More 

Mount Annan, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This was our favourite shore excursion. It had great mix of sightseeing, wineries and the brewery. The brewery especially is a place to go! Napier is a beautiful city with wonderful architecture and history. Our tour guide Maggie was amazing. So knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic - she should have been a history teacher!! The bus was very comfortable and everyone... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hello DonnaK1410: I really do appreciate you words of encouragement. I try very hard to produce the best tour for my (our) clients. All feedback is excellent so we are not going to change anything soon. Yes, the 2 wineries and the Ale House always gain very good comments on the day and like the tour we will continue to... More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Maggie showed the group of 4 from Hawaii the Art Deco style of the 1930s and was dressed to match! A delightful individual and full of energy, she shared the history of Napier and the building of a new city. The wine and beer tasting venues were excellent!

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Judd2017: Thank you for your great review. It is pleasing to get these very positive reviews as it tells us that we are on the right track. Both John and I do have a passion for this area and literally hundreds of our clients certainly let us know that this shines through on the tours. Again I thank you... More 

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