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Hawkes Bay Express

#3 of 31 Tours in Napier
Certificate of Excellence
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Address: 100 Marine Parade | Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 21 935 820
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Today
09:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

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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Excellent Short Tour of Napier

Great, host, very informative and engaging. Definitely recommend - good local knowledge. Amazing job on the train they built themselves.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Jo_GH2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great, host, very informative and engaging. Definitely recommend - good local knowledge. Amazing job on the train they built themselves.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Will shows you around Napier as if you were a close friend... and you truly wish that was so. Witty, funny, interesting: New Zealand at its best. Don't miss this tour.

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1 Thank Karin S
Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved the workmanship on the train . Will is a hoot with his corny jokes. A great way to learn some history of the town/region.

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Kialla
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Fantastic ride through the lovely town of Napier, being entertained and educated on the local area by a son and father team who are very proud and knowledgeable about the history of the area. Would highly recommend to everyone visiting Napier. The train is a credit to the family and is beautifully built.

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

Hello and thank you for your great review. I will show it to Dad, he will be thrilled. All the best for 2017 and future holidays. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express Family. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic time, with very informative and witty commentary. The train is beautiful and so cleverly built and Will was so friendly and accomodating. Very enjoyable ride.

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Thank David Shiree P
Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this review

Thank you for your time in placing a review and your wonderful comments. We wish you a fantastic and healthy year ahead. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express Family. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We took our 18 month old daughter on this trip and she was entertained and so were we. The tour guide was wonderful and really knew how to engage his whole audience. I would highly recommend this as a must for all Napier visitors and residents.

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

Thank you for your great comments and we wish you fun filled year with your daughter. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express Family. More 

Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a fantastic tour with loads of running commentary with very good information about the local area., Would recommend it to everyone who visits the area

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

Hello and thank you for your great review, we wish you all the best for the coming year and safe travels. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express family. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Will was very professional from the moment we booked even creating a special time so that we could do the trip in cruise season. We have been to Napier many times and for the first time actually got to know the place through Will's witty commentary and places we visited. Thank you so much.

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

Thank you for your great feedback on our tour, we wish you all the best for 2017 and many more safe holidays. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express family. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolute loved it a must do we live in nz and will recommend ppl tht come to the region to go on it fun and friendly operator is genuine person and a local awesome way to learn the histroy of the town recommend ppl to do it

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

Thank you for your awesome review. We hope 2017 holds all you want it to. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express family. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did the city tour on this and it certainly deserves the awards it has and will receive. Just memorable

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

Thank you for your wonderful comments and review. I hope 2017 is a great year for you and your family. Kind regards the Hawkes Bay Express family. More 

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