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  • Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

    1. Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

    Discover Cape Kidnappers, the largest most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Witness the 20,000 gannets at the cape which are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown. Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. In the air above your heads, these amazing birds with their 6-foot wingspan (2 m) swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, just a few feet away, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual. The birds can be seen from September to early April. In September they return from their winter escape to build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. The chicks are then fattened up ready for their first and departing flight in late April when they go off on their annual ritual to warmer cl...

    A great experience to travel through a spectacular area and to see thousands of gannets up close.

  • Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

    2. Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Download an excitingMP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area. This fascinating and raw tour of New Zealand's oldest prison will take you on a historic journey through the undulating corridors which survived the 1931 Napier Earthquake. The corridors are twisted and walls misshapen. You will learn about some of the most terrifying prisoners, including Drug Barons and Mass murderers, and an infamous "Eye Eater". Check out the graffiti on the prisoner's bed bases and hear how toothpaste had multiple uses for incarcerated criminals. This tour shows how they lived behind the huge Kauri doors and how some of them died. You will hear tales about villains, victims and heroes, and wander around the old complex while viewing the Pound (solitary and padded cell area), Mess Hall, Remand Hallway, Cell 6, Key Men and Trustees, Cages, The Dome, Women's Wing, Te Kooti, Jo...

    Was fun, interesting stories to listen to and new facts I didn’t know about! Ghost cats to pat, a little bit spooky in places. Very nice lady at reception. Only thing I would change would be getting rid of or hiding the escape room and function areas while they aren’t in use as it takes away from the experience.

  • Napier: Afternoon Wine Tour with Optional Craft Beer Tasting

    3. Napier: Afternoon Wine Tour with Optional Craft Beer Tasting

    Each winery will offer between 4-7 wines for a tasting split between reds and whites. Chardonnay is the dominant white wine variety produced in Hawkes Bay, but lovers of Sauvignon Blanc should not worry, as you'll also be tasting that at Mission Estate. Shiraz and Bordeaux blends are some of the dominant red varieties. The first estate winery you'll visit is Mission Estate, which was established in 1851. The tasting hall and associated restaurant are located in a two-story Victorian mansion that offers magnificent views over the vineyards. Next, visit the French-owned Church Road Winery. Again, this is located in a magnificent building, which has been built to look like an old French barn. They produce a huge number of bottles annually. which are mostly consumed in New Zealand. The next stop is the Urban Winery, located in the National Tobacco building, which is famous for it's art nou...

    Such an amazing activity. Completed for my daughter's 18th birthday. Definitely worth doing. Tour guide Ross was awesome. Thank you to Mission estate(Trevor), Church Road(Mary), Urban wineries(Dominique) and Linden estate (Trevor). You guys made my daughter's day

  • Napier: Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tour

    4. Napier: Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tour

    Mission Estate is one of New Zealand's largest wineries, producing 3,600,000 bottles of wine. You will be offered at least 3 red and 3 white wines throughout this experience, with chardonnay being the leading white wine and Merlot and associate Bordeaux blends the leading reds. The Mission restaurant has a wonderful reputation, and the setting is world class. Your luncheon will be a platter made up of cold meats, cheese, bread, fruit, and a small selection of hot seafood. You will be offered a tasting of 3 local craft beers or 4 local wines at the Urban Winery, and at the conclusion of the tasting a mini tour of the barrel hall will be provided. You will then drive out to the picturesque Esk Valley for the final tasting at Linden Estate. Linden Estate is a boutique winery producing about 60,000 bottles of wine. Linden often has up to 10 wines to taste at once, and this experience offer...

    We absolutely adored the guided tour and would highly recommend. Our group was awesome. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The food (platter) was beautiful and filling which was a nice way to begin our day.

  • Napier: Art Deco Bike Ride and Wineries Loop

    5. Napier: Art Deco Bike Ride and Wineries Loop

    Adapt this diverse, flexible tour to suit how far you want to ride and what you want to see. Grab your family or friends and explore lots of local highlights, including wineries, estuary trails, Art Deco buildings, and coastal pathways. Departing the port village of Ahuriri, cycle around the port to Napier city, a world-renowned Art Deco treasure. Spend some time enjoying the Art Deco buildings before following the coastal pathway with spectacular views across the Pacific to Cape Kidnappers. Turn inland and follow the Tutaekuri River trail, overlooking orchards to the suburb of Taradale. Visit two of the region’s finest wineries, Church Road and the Mission Estate. Then continue onto the Ahuriri Estuary trail with its many native birds. Do all the route or just a part. Cycle 15 kilometers or 50 kilometers over a full or half day. This ride is tailored to you.

  • Napier: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting

    6. Napier: Full-Day Tour with Wine Tasting

    Discover the best of Napier's culture and food scene on this full-day tour. Cruise through the world-famous Art Deco City and hear the tragic story of its destruction by earthquake in 1931 and the subsequent rebuilding of the city as the Art Deco Capital of the world. After pickup, visit Bluff Hill Lookout and admire spectacular views of the surrounding area. Later, drive through the historic fishing port of Ahuriri and see the famous National Tobacco Company building. Continue past the breathtaking Art Deco houses in Napier's Marewa suburb before enjoying a wine tasting at New Zealand's oldest working winery. You will also have the opportunity to sample other regional specialties during your tour, such as fine chocolates at the Silky Oak Chocolate Company and manuka honey at the largest beekeeping business in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, watch live bees at work and learn all about th...

  • From Napier: Cape Coast Winery Bike Ride

    7. From Napier: Cape Coast Winery Bike Ride

    Start off with pickup from your accommodation in Napier City or Havelock North, or make your own way to meet at your host at the shop in Ahuriri, Napier to pick up with your bikes. Then, take a shuttle to the start of your cycling adventure at the Black Barn winery. Te Mata Estate and Akarangi are very close by, so you can start your wine tasting early. With your first winery visits under your belt, make a visit to the Origin Earth sample room to savor some of the best cheeses before departing for Havelock North. From here, enjoy a 16-kilometer bike ride on the limestone cycle trail following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Admire stunning views as you cycle the raised stop-bank trail and look out over orchards, vineyards and farmlands. Reaching the coast, be ready to taste some more fine wine at Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate, and Te Awang...

  • Hawke's Bay Half-Day Food and Drink Tour by Vintage Car

    8. Hawke's Bay Half-Day Food and Drink Tour by Vintage Car

    Escape the Art Deco city of Napier and embark on a scenic drive through the countryside of the Hawke's Bay Region by vintage car. Recreate a more decadent age for travel as you are chauffeured to some of the best wineries in the area.  Turn heads in your elegant vehicle as you enjoy a private tour tailored for you. See and do what you like, and relax safe in the knowledge that your itinerary was customized especially to suit your interests and desires. Take in the breathtaking views as you drive through the countryside and visit local vineyards to sample fantastic wines, ales and ciders. Indulge your sweet tooth with some freshly made chocolates, and enjoy a platter of the finest local produce available along the way.

  • Napier: Best of Napier Small Group Tour

    9. Napier: Best of Napier Small Group Tour

    Cruise Napier's world-famous Art Deco City as you hear the tragic story of its destruction by earthquake in 1931 and subsequent rebuild of the city, which has become known as the Art Deco capital of the world. Visit the Bluff Hill Lookout and see spectacular views (weather and traffic permitting) and see the Art Deco houses in Napier's Marewa suburb. Cruising through the beautiful open countryside, take in rivers, estuaries, and open farmland. Then, explore the visitor centre at the largest beekeeping business in the Southern Hemisphere and sample New Zealand's unique manuka honey.  Stop at Te Mata Peak for some exceptional scenic views (again, subject to weather and traffic conditions) before exploring Birdwoods Gallery and Sweet Shop, which offers refreshments including local wines and beers, as well as an art gallery, a traditional-style sweet shop, plus a beautiful sculpture garden...

  • Napier: Half-Day Wine & Food Experience

    10. Napier: Half-Day Wine & Food Experience

    You'll savor some of Hawke’s Bay’s internationally acclaimed wine and food on this half-day tour. Relax where art meets science and learn how wine evolves from vine to glass. Explore the country’s oldest winemaking region with a knowledgable guide, and taste award-winning wines from the acclaimed Gimblett Gravels area. Learn about wine and food pairing while indulging in a platter with the finest local produce such as meats, cheese, marinated vegetables, breads, dips, and more.

    A fantastic afternoon . Our guide Detmot was amazing. He had a great local knowledge of Napier and the wine industry.

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4.8 / 5

based on 135 reviews

Ross' tour was fabulous. A good mix of venues, all the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. A really good way to get out at try some wines that we wouldn't normally try. My one tip would be - eat a good lunch before you go, and don't plan anything much for the evening after your winery tour.

Such an amazing activity. Completed for my daughter's 18th birthday. Definitely worth doing. Tour guide Ross was awesome. Thank you to Mission estate(Trevor), Church Road(Mary), Urban wineries(Dominique) and Linden estate (Trevor). You guys made my daughter's day

Gareth was a fantastic host for the day. Sharing local knowledge and being able to recognize and customize the wine tasting to suit our favourite wine tastes. Most enjoyable day and thoroughly worth while. Great choice of Vineyards were visited.

We absolutely adored the guided tour and would highly recommend. Our group was awesome. Our guide was very knowledgeable. The food (platter) was beautiful and filling which was a nice way to begin our day.

A fantastic afternoon . Our guide Detmot was amazing. He had a great local knowledge of Napier and the wine industry.