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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 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.

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Napier: Gourmet Lunch and Wine Tour

2. 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.

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

3. 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.

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Napier: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

4. 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. 

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What people are saying about Napier

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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.

We loved the tour with Gannet Safaris! Our tour guide had the best personality and had extensive knowledge about the property and birds. Our kids enjoyed the whole experience as well. Highly recommend!

Must visit place in Napier. Good choice and excellent guidance by David. A very safe drive throughout. Nice site seings.

Amazing experience. The guide Tony was knowledgeable and entertaining. The gannets were majestic and hypnotic.

Ross was very informative and both my husband and I had a great afternoon.