Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour
This tour features some of the best scenery in New Zealand as you drive through mixed farming country. Enjoy sights of sheep, cattle and deer farming, as well as orchards, vineyards, market gardens and much more while on your journey.
Hawkes Bay is noted as the Gourmet Food and Wine region of New Zealand. It is the second largest and oldest wine producing region, producing mainly Bordeaux style wines. You will drive through the most scenic parts of this land on some of the most picturesque roads in New Zealand. Eventually, you will come upon the highest peak that can be reached by car, Te Mata Peak, for a fantastic 360-degree view of the area and beyond. You will stop for photo opportunities as we traverse the scenic Hawkes Bay roads.
The tour continues with an informative drive through the main streets of Hastings City. You will hear some of the stories behind New Zealand's largest natural disaster, the 1931 Napier (Hawkes Bay) earthquake, and why the cities of Hastings and Napier were rebuilt in the popular styles of yesteryear.
From Hastings, the tour takes a scenic drive back to Napier to soak up the Art Deco style in and around Napier. You will enjoy a drive through a mostly 1930's Art Deco housing estate. The tour then drives through the Art Deco Capital of the world, Napier City. Here you will see all the world famous Art Deco buildings first hand.
At the conclusion of the tour, you will have the option to do some shopping or just walk the main streets in the central city with your camera before returning to your shuttle. You will also receive a small souvenir to remember your time spent in Napier.
Reviewer: Nancy Paczosa
This was a very nice tour. The guide was well informed & very knowledgeable. We felt we really got a feel for Napier. The Art Deco style of architecture was awesome to behold. We would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Lynn Lindgren
Our driver was interesting, knowledgeable and flexible. We were treated to a full tour of Napier, New Zealand and the surrounding areas, given time to take photos, ask questions and enjoy each location. He was friendly and personable, and we felt like we learned not just about Napier, but about New Zealand as a country, as well.
Reviewer: Fritz Lohmeyer
Great sight seeing tour I like the smaller van for the tour Driver gave a lot of information while on the tour. Was always available for questions
Reviewer: Jody Wheeler
The weather was not the best but the tour of the area around Hawkes Bay was beautiful.
Reviewer: Don Bergeron
Very informative, guide did a fantastic job, we would recommend this tour to anyone new to New Zealand