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Hawkes Bay Express

100 Marine Parade | Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 21 935 820
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Trolley Train

Fantastic and fun time on this trolley. Family run business. Husband and wife team extremely... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ozdano691
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Chicago, Illinois
Excellent Road Train!

We've just come off the Hawks Bay Express road train. We're here in Napier from the cruise ship... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
BJ_McBluenose
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Kirkintilloch, Scotland
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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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100 Marine Parade | Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Fantastic and fun time on this trolley. Family run business. Husband and wife team extremely knowledgeable on history of Napier its port and the surrounding area. This was a shore excursion selection fro NCL Jewel. We would do it again.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello and thank you for your great review. We wish you a safe passage home and hope there are many more adventures ahead for you all. KInd regards Will

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We've just come off the Hawks Bay Express road train. We're here in Napier from the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice. Will the driver was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable in everything local - a Hawkes Bay boy, as he said. It's a great way to...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Wow, thank you so much for your glowing review. I hope the rest of your cruise is plain sailing and you all have a wonderful year. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 6 days ago

wow what a great experience touring napier on the hawkesbay express the train was a delight and a credit to the family. we were on the last tour for the day and had enough time before we had to embark our ship so we had...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello and thank you very much for such a great write up on your tour. It is very much appreciated. We all wish you the best for the year and future safe travels. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being in Napier in the summer offered perfect weather. We booked our tour through the excursions on Holland America Cruises. The Tour Guide was WONDERFUL!! He was friendly, funny, and full of information that was engaging and informative. His dad was on the tour as...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thank you very much for such a wonderful review and recommendation. We wish you all a great year and fun / safe travels. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic! Such knowledgeable and friendly hosts. Most certainly the way to see Napier and it's wonderful sights for a first-timers. Also cannot forget to mention the Hawks Bay Express, what a terrific piece of engineering, very comfortable and open train.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Allan, thank you for touring with us and for writing such a great review of your tour with us. Hopefully you will be second timers in Napier someday but till then we wish you many adventures and safe travels. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the Hawkes Express via the shore excursions department on our cruise ship and were pleased that we had. We were met directly from the ship by the very smart, really friendly team of Will (the driver) and his Dad, Kit. We boarded the...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much Linda for such a indepth & great review. We all wish you and your family a great year and lots of fun adventures . Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to explore the wonderful Art Deco city of Napier. The train runs on tires, so is not limited to tracks, and covers an interesting route around the city, the harbour and up on the hill. The commentary is very good...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you very much for your excellent review. I wish you a great year and many more safe adventures. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Will is an entertaining and informative host. On this tour, we got to see all the main sites and places like the Old Customs House that we would never have visited on our own. His continual self-deprecating humour made this so much fun.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and I wish you many more great adventures. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was very informative and recommended for all. Will's humour also added to the fun of the trip. I did it as part of our group of 20 traveling together and we all enjoyed it.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your great review, I hope the rest of your trip was as much fun and all the best for 2018. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This train (that runs on the road) picked us up from our cruise ship and gave us an extremely pleasant sightseeing trip of Napier. Very relaxing and informative. The owner an driver, along with his father made it even more special. Thank you so much.

Thank Kay C
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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great comments about the tour you had with us. I hope you have many more adventures and safe travels. Kind regards Will

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Jon L
6 November 2017|
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Response from Hawkes_Bay_Express | Property representative |
Hello Jon, Thank you very much for your email and enquiry. I am just updating our website. For cruise passengers: If you are coming to Napier on a cruise ship you need to book through the cruise ship as our tours have... More
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Wendy K
26 June 2017|
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Response from Hawkes_Bay_Express | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we are not running public tours at this time. We are currently building a new train and with so many bookings from private/tour groups and cruise ships we do not have the... More
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Wendy K
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Response from Hawkes_Bay_Express | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we are not running public tours at this time. We are currently building a new train and with so many bookings from private/tour groups and cruise ships we do not have the... More
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