Guided tour

Napier: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

4.5 / 5

25 reviews

Activity provider: Vines and Views Tours
Guided tour

Napier: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

Activity provider: Vines and Views Tours
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From US$ 80.02 per person

Likely to sell out

This 4-hour tour restricted to 14 passengers takes in the scenic highlights of Art-Deco Napier and the surrounding orchards and vineyards. This tour takes in unique locations that no other tours visit, guaranteed to get you back to your ship on time.

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Duration 4 hours
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  • Take a small-group tour with a max of 14 passengers
  • Walk around each of the 7 stops
  • Go off the beaten track with your local guide
Full description

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.

  • Safe and convenient pickup and drop off
  • All admission fees
  • Cheese board
  • Bottled water
  • Local Wine
  • Lunch
  • Rain-protective clothing
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Please take the free 15min shuttle ride into Napier and get off at the 2nd stop the Aquarium. Your guide will meet you there holding a greeting board with your names on it. All tours are designed to meet cruise ship arrival and departure times. Don't worry if your ship arrives early or late, I will be there.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Walking frames

Know before you go

  •  Please note, the programme may vary due to the weather or itinerary time constraints
  • This tour is okay for those with limited mobility, but not for those in wheelchairs or with walking frames
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Nice trip, but not as advertised. You (Get your Guide) said it was a 4 hour trip; according to the guide it was only 3. You said meet at the aquarium, but after waiting 20 minutes we went back to the I-site to pick up a couple who had been waiting there. It was very tense for the first few minutes, but fortunately everyone recovered and we had a nice time. We expected to visit 2 wineries; one was literally just a drive by and for the other, the guide brought a bottle of wine (for 6 people) and we didn't go inside the winery.

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March 27, 2023

From the beginning of our tour it was obvious that our tour guide Ross loved sharing his knowledge of the area with us all. The tour was a culmination of the city centre of Napier and its fascinating art deco buildings and the tour extended to a trip to the countryside to view the vineyards and farmlands. Despite the showers of rain it was a very enjoyable few hours.

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March 27, 2023

We had a nice time and the guide was professional. Compared to the other tours we have taken, this one was perhaps just a tiny bit lacking in enthusiasm from the guide. Perhaps in the business for too long? However, overall, still a great experience and I'm only deducting one star because all the other tours we've taken in other cities have been outstanding.

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March 27, 2023

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