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Napier: Wine, Gin, & Craft Beer Tour with Included Tastings

1. Napier: Wine, Gin, & Craft Beer Tour with Included Tastings

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. The next stop is the Urban Winery, located in the National Tobacco building, which is famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. This stop is optional if you wish to enjoy three craft beers of your choosing. Next door is the National Gin Distillery, where you'll get to taste five gins. Then, take a 15-minute drive past the orchards and vineyards of Esk Valley, arriving at Linden Estate. Linden produces only 60,000 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 Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download an exciting MP3 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, John Yalash, Ghosts, Garden, Terry Clark, Teresa Cormack, Graveyard, and the Hanging Yard with replica kitset gallows. Hear of the few escapes and view the open Shower Block which was not for the fainthearted. Only closed in 1993, the prison complex has been the site of many TV shows such as a 10 part brat camp, "Redemption Hill", and was featured on "Off the Rails", "Epitaph" and several news and documentary shows. Please note this is a downloadable self-guided audio tour, therefore you will have no physical tour guide leading you through your travels.

Napier: Cape Kidnappers Gannet, Nature & Sightseeing Tour

3. 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: 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. 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 offers tour participants great insight into the wines this region can produce. Your tour concludes with a drive out into the vineyard of a private quiet location where you will be provided with a selection of New Zealand cheese and biscuits accompanied by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. At this point in the tour, your guide will provide you with a brief description of grape-growing techniques.

Napier: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

5. Napier: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Embark on a shore excursion of Napier, exploring the highlights of the Art-Deco downtown and surrounding orchards and vineyards. Ride in a comfortable minibus, with stops at Bluff Hill, Old Port, the Colonial Mission House, the Sacred Baley, and more. After meeting with your local guide at the Napier Aquarium on Marine Parade, your guided shore excursion will begin. Throughout your tour, you will view Napier's Art-Deco city center from a comfortable minibus with big windows for better viewing. Stop first at Napier's Bluff Hill lookout for spectacular views of your ship berthed directly below. Next, 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. Then, get back on the bus for a drive through the Old Port area of Napier and onto the Mission complex. The grand Colonial Mission House was built in 1905, then remarkably, it was moved by traction engine to its current elevated site. From the Mission, the tour travels through Puketapu (the Sacred Valley) past orchards, vineyards, and green rolling hills grazed by sheep and cattle. The tour then stops at the Esk Valley War Memorial Church which would not be out of place if located somewhere in Tuscany. From the church, drive next door to Linden Estate Vineyards. Enjoy wine, cheese, and biscuits, served under the vines at a site exclusive to this tour. Return afterward to Napier, but time permitting a stop at a local fruit shop for fresh fruit or some real ice cream. Get dropped off at the cruise ship shuttle, or downtown Napier.

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 the honey production process at the visitor center. Stop for lunch at Birdwoods Gallery where you can sample local wines and beers, admire artworks in the gallery, visit a traditional-style sweet shop or wander through a beautiful sculpture garden. Complete your tour with a visit to the iconic Te Mata Peak before getting dropped off back at your starting point.

Napier Art Deco Guided Walk

7. Napier Art Deco Guided Walk

Enjoy the beautiful Art Deco architecture that Napier has to offer and learn about the devastating earthquake that destroyed the city. Your tour will be taken by a volunteer guide, who is professionally trained and will tell you stories of life that was, as well as life as it is now. Watch a 20-minute film about the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and gain a historical perspective on Napier before and after the earthquake.

Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

8. Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Discover Napier at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour and learn about how the city was rebuilt after the devastation of the 1931 earthquake. 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: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

9. Napier: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

Learn about Napier’s worst earthquake, the worst in New Zealand in the past 100 years. The earthquake struck in February 1931 and destroyed and leveled most of the city’s buildings. As interesting as it is tragic, this is a memorable story. With a self-guided audio tour have more flexibility to experience it as you wish. Discover why the city is famous for its Art Deco style and learn about the functions of some of the buildings before and after the disaster. Learn about the fire which took hold shortly after the earthquake and ran rampant throughout the city, devastating the buildings that were still standing. Hear all about the temporary accommodation set up in Clive Square to accommodate those displaced by this disastrous event. Included in the tour are the stories of Napier Banks, the tram network, the Municipal Theatre, the Public Trust Building, the reporting of the quake, and the rebuilding and new land. Hear accounts from earthquake survivors Edward Waaka and Theresa Foley. See the Market Reserve Building, St John's Cathedral, the County Hotel, the Conservation Building with the Marine Parade Buildings, the iconic Masonic Hotel, and the HMS Veronica. 

Napier: Private Customizable Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

10. Napier: Private Customizable Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

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 customizable tour of the main sights of Napier and the surrounding areas. Choose to see the sights that interest you the most, as your guide provides local insight throughout the tour. 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. Choose to 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 two top local wineries. Then, purchase some of the finest chocolate or fudge at Silky Oak Chocolate Co. Afterward, Explore the visitor center at the largest beekeeping business in the Southern Hemisphere and try unique Manuka honey as you watch live bees at work. Drive through the historic fishing port of Ahuriri and see the famous National Tobacco Co building. Ride through the beautiful open countryside taking in the views of rivers, estuaries, and open farmland. Stop for a bite to eat at Birdwoods Gallery offering local wines & beers, an art gallery, a traditional-style sweet shop plus a beautiful sculpture garden. Finish the day with a drive up to Te Mata Peak for exceptional scenic views.

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5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Paul was passionate about the area and very knowledgeable as Kiwis traveling the country we found this activity excellent in his comfortable van and were treated very well highly recommend this tour

We had a great time on the tour. Ross was out your guide and was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would recommend this wine tour to any wine buff, you won’t be disappointed at all.

The best wine tour you could have . The food was fabulous and wine was divine. Ross has the best knowledge of wines and the industry . This the tour to beat all tours .

We had a fabulous afternoon with Ross and fellow wine tasters. Woukd heartily recommend this trip as it was well run, fun and a comfy ride between wineries.

Everything was so well planned and considered, an immensely enjoyable day out