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Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

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 climates. After being driven to the Cape in an air-conditioned 4 x 4 coach there will be absolutely no walking required. You are taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. Along the way, take in the breathtaking scenery of the geological landscapes and remarkable nature that this part of the country has to offer. Visit a production forest, view a predator-proof reserve and be accompanied by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a knowledgeable and insightful commentary throughout the tour.

Napier: Cape Coast Winery Tour on Pedal or E-Bikes

Napier: Cape Coast Winery Tour on Pedal or E-Bikes

Make your way to meet your host at the shop in Ahuriri, Napier to pick up the shuttle at 10am. The shuttle will take you and your bikes to the start of your cycling adventure at Black Barn winery (arrival 10.30am). Te Mata Estate and Askerne Wineries are very close by, so you can start your wine tasting right from drop off. With your first winery visits under your belt, an option is to take a detour for a further 3 kilometers to reach Craggy vineyard and see for yourself why the winery was voted Best Winery in Australia. From here, get back on track and 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 of the iconic Cape Kidnappers 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 Awanga Estate. If a local lunch is on your wish-list, Clearview Estate offers relaxed table dining. Te Awanga also offer the best pizzas in Hawke’s Bay - sit outside on their lawn. At the end of the day 4pm, you will be collected from Te Awanga winery and transferred back to Ahuriri, Napier (arrival 4.30pm).

Napier: Afternoon Wine Gin Tasting Tour

Napier: Afternoon Wine Gin Tasting Tour

Each winery will offer between 4 and 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. The National Gin Distillery, where you'll get to taste five gins. Then, take a 20-minute drive past the orchards and vineyards and arrive at Askerne Estate producing only 100,000 bottles of wine split between 13 different varietals. This will be a seated tasting with a complimentary cheese board of New Zealand cheeses. Afterward, travel back to Napier for drop-off in the early evening.

Napier: Art Deco Center, Te Mata Peak, Wine & Cheese Tasting

Napier: Art Deco Center, Te Mata Peak, Wine & Cheese Tasting

Embark on a shore excursion of Napier ,viewing the highlights of the Art-Deco downtown and residencial Sanders Ave After meeting with your local guide near the Information Centre, Marine Parade, your guided shore excursion will begin. Throughout your tour, enjoy the comfortable minibus with big windows for better viewing. Stop at Napier's Bluff Hill lookout for spectacular views of your ship berthed directly below. Discover the house and grounds of your guide. View his colorful gardens and panoramic views of the Bay and hear about the 14 square kilometers of land reclaimed as a result of the 1931 earthquake. Travel out through orchards and vineyards to Te Mata Peak, views over the Heretunga Plains are spectacular. On a clear day it is possible to see the snow capped peaks of Mt Ruapahu. Enjoy a generous complimentary wine tasting at the boutique family owned and operated Askerne Estate. Your guide will provide a tasty selection of local cheeses and biscuits ( crackers ) At the end of the tour get dropped off in down town Napier or back at the Information centre from where your shuttle will depart back to the ship.

Napier: Wine and Gin Tasting Tour with Lunch

Napier: Wine and Gin Tasting Tour with Lunch

Your tour activity begins with a Gourmet Platter including a glass of wine of your choosing at the iconic Mission Estate Restaurant. The platter generally includes a selection cold meats, cheeses, fresh and dried friuts, breads, biscuits and generally a tasting of hot seafood. The setting in the Old Mission House best described as Grande Colonial. Luncheon is followed by a very comprehensive wine tasting at Mission Cellars that includes a detailed history of the Mission House and the Marrist Order that arrived in Hawkes Bay as Missionaries during 1851. After the tasting you will be free to roam the Mission House including their underground cellar. Next will be gin tasting at The National Gin Distillery located in Ahuriri the old Port Area of Napier. The distillery operates out of the National Tobacco Building, Napiers best known Art Nouveau Building. Don't be surprised to see the occasional Art Deco Guide showing visitors around ( in an non-intrusive manor) During low season no gin tasting on Sundays but wine tasting at Church Road Winery added Its back on the minibus for a drive towards Havelock North past orchards, vineyards and fields of various agricultural crops and arrive at Askerne Estate. The Estate is a small friendly family owned and operated affair with a near perfect viticultural setting. Askerne makes about 100,000 bottles but remarkably they grow more than a dozen different varietals. The tastings here could be said to be generous and Ross will serve a tasty selection of New Zealands cheese's and biscuits. To conclude for those who are interested Ross will provded a brief " in vineyard " talk about grape growing practices in the region. Guests will be delivered back to their pick up locations between 5.30 and 6.00 pm

Napier: Art Deco Bike Ride and Wineries Loop

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. Get off your bike and 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 28 kilometers or 45 kilometers over a full day.

Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Take a self-guided audio walking tour to discover Napier at your own pace. Take a stroll down Marine Parade, discover the Maori and Mayan-influenced architecture, and listen to a curated playlist to accompany your experience. Walk down the quaint streets of this seaside town where you can see unique architecture and impressive statues, and learn about the festivals and events that make Napier one of a kind. Watch the ocean as you walk along Marine Parade and witness the art-deco architecture of the Masonic Hotel. See Maori motifs, buildings with Mayan influences, and the unique architecture that defines this town. See the widespread art deco influence on buildings such as the AMP and Daily Telegraph buildings while listening to a musical experience curated to immerse you fully in this audio tour.

Napier: Best of Napier Small Group Tour

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. Finally, return to Napier. 

Hawke's Bay: Self Guided Coastal Winery Cycle Tour

Hawke's Bay: Self Guided Coastal Winery Cycle Tour

Start your adventure at the store of the local partner where your bikes will be ready and you will learn all about your day. Enjoy the cycling along the beautiful coast and stop at magical Atea A Rangi Star Compass before continuing through the coastal wetlands. Arrive at the renowned coastal wineries at Haumona and Te Awanga villages and reward yourself with a wine tasting and lunch at one of the local wineries and restaurants. Visit Elephant Hill (Fri-Mon), Clearview Estate (Wed-Sun), Te Awanga Estate (Mon-Sun), and Hygge Cafe at Clifton (Wed-Sun). To satisfy your coffee needs along the way visit The Box at Clive, Haumoana Coffee, and Brown Dog Espresso. Finish your glorious day with a return shuttle that leaves at 4:00 PM from Te Awanga Estate.

Napier: Private Sightseeing Tour + Wine Tasting

Napier: Private Sightseeing Tour + Wine Tasting

Start with pickup from your accommodation in a luxury vehicle, or meet your guide a central meeting point in Napier if arriving by cruise ship. Meet your guide who will escort you on a tour of the main sights of Napier and the surrounding areas. Discover Napier's world-famous Art Deco City. Learn of the tragic story of Napier's destruction by earthquake in 1931 and the subsequent rebuild of the city as the Art Deco capital of the world. Visit Visit Bluff Hill Lookout and enjoy the scenic views of the ocean. Included on this tour is a stop for a wine tasting experience at one of Napier's top local wineries. Ride through the beautiful open countryside taking in the views of rivers, orchards, vineyards and open farmland. Finish the day with a drive up to Te Mata Peak for exceptional scenic views (weather permitting).

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4.5
(4 reviews)

Very informative tour through the private lands where you wouldn't have acccess to get to otherwise. Gannets are very special birds with interesting breeding and habitual customs. Also no need to walk far or steep as majority of the trip you are on a bus.

Had an amazing tour with our great tour guide Ross who was informative and Friendly. He took us to two great vineyards which did amazing white and Red wines. The gin tasting was also amazing. Me and my partner would highly recommend this tour.

Very interesting. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on NZ history as well as the Gannets. A pleasure to listen to her. Thanks JAN. Cheers from a happy Tauranga couple Sonja and Stan

The guide was wonderful and was able to share his wealth of experience.

The commentary was wonderful and we had a great day!