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Hawkes Bay Express

#3 of 31 Tours in Napier
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Address: 100 Marine Parade | Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 21 935 820
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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See the highlights of Hawke's Bay aboard the award winning Hawke's Bay...

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!

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Shore Excursion from MS Maasdam

We boarded the Hawkes Bay Express from our cruise ship. We were greeted by the father and son team and seated on board this wonderful express that has been lovingly built by the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
jeromeshaw
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Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We boarded the Hawkes Bay Express from our cruise ship. We were greeted by the father and son team and seated on board this wonderful express that has been lovingly built by the family. The woodwork on the carriages has been done by the father as a labour of love. Beautiful work. The tour and the commentary was first class.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good tour with lots of information about the towns history, pit stop not much, overall good to go on

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Thank Coffeefun
Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. All the best for future travels. Kind regards Will More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very professional commentary, lots of interesting things to see along the way, comfortable and well worth doing. Enjoyed and recommend it to be a 'must do' when visiting Napier.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and all the best for future travels. Kind regards Will More 

Inverkip, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

It took 18 months for the construction of this road train and the cost was above any expectation. But it's worth it. 20m long, 3.5 m tall and 2.2 m wide, it weighs 13 tonnes fully loaded. Top speed 40 km. per hour and every wheel is braked. It has 3 open air carriages with 14 entrance doors, tall windows,... More 

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1 Thank Mina P
Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, our vehicle is such a point of pride for Dad and myself. All the best for future travels. Kind regards Will More 

Kaikohe, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

A tractor, that has had a look-a-like steam engine built over the top of it. It tows carriages, and the carriages are very intricate and ornate on the inside. A credit to the person that built them. What a great idea for a business to start in my own home town. The tour was great to. A lot of the... More 

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2 Thank gmossley
Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for such a great review, it is a great complement to my Dad who helped me build the train and my wonderful wife you has helped so much with the tour commentary and the trains aesthetics, I will be sure to pass your remarks onto them. Kind regards Will More 

Napier, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Took my son on this and we had a great time, it is a really lovely way to see Napier, the commentary was excellent and we would certainly recommend this to anyone who lives in Napier or visits

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Thank Paul A
Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our tour. I especially enjoy that multiple generations can board our train and still have fun and enjoy the trip at their level, be it just riding around waving, the sights or the in depth commentary, it is what makes our own multiple generation family business enjoyable for us as well. All... More 

Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

We were greeted at the Pier with this road train, which was absolutely beautiful in its art deco design. Credit to Will and Kit (who were dressed in their retro suits, which made the tour like we had gone back in time) for this great experience with our tour through the streets of Napier and also the lookout, which we... More 

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your great feedback and we are thrilled you enjoyed the tour. Safe travels. Kind regards Will More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

Recommended as an introduction to Napier, and a fun way to get to see the main city area. Good historical information provided and we enjoyed being able to visit places not normally accessible. The train was amazing and the commentary was excellent.

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Thank John M
Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your wonderful review. All the best for future travels. Kind regards Will More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

We went on the road train when we came into Napier on a cruise, where we had pre booked the train. Great effort to Will, his lovely wife who were very friendly and welcoming. credit also due to his dad who he mentioned has spent a lot of time helping out. Was a great way to see Naiper for people... More 

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your great review. And yes I am very lucky to have my wife and Dad on board with the business. We wish you all the best for future travels and adventures. Kind regards Will More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Will owner operator excellent commentary, 90 minutes fantastic coverage of Napier's history, tour worthy of a train ride in a carriage of retro design.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. I will pass on your comments to Dad and my wife who helped me design and build the train carriages. All the best for future travels. Kind regards Will More 

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