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Address: 2 Neeve Place, Napier 4112, New Zealand
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We are a family owned and operated Local Tour company. We specialize in...

We are a family owned and operated Local Tour company. We specialize in private local tours, including Cruise Ship Shore Excursions. These tours offer Sightseeing, Art Deco, City history, also Wine and Brewery Tours. This is truly a fantastic region to visit. Napier was completely destroyed in 1931 by a 7.8 earthquake, and rebuilt in the style of the day, mainly Art Deco and Spanish Mission. Napier, along with the Hawkes Bay region, has been a secret for too long, discover it today with us.

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Shore Excursion Half-Day Hawkes Bay and Napier Tour
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Shore Excursion: Napier Art Deco Tour with Wine and Beer Tasting - allow four...
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Half-Day Wine and Beer Tour from Napier

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Private charter

My family did a private charter with John for the day and had a fabulous day. John is extremely knowledgeable about the region and the architecture and gave a very interesting... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Caroline R
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family did a private charter with John for the day and had a fabulous day. John is extremely knowledgeable about the region and the architecture and gave a very interesting tour. Doing the wineries as well is a great way to make the day enjoyable for everyone. Would highly recommend!

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Caroline R: Thank you for taking the time to write your fantastic review. I am very pleased that the sightseeing and wine portion was enjoyed. The tour you had was varied and I love taking these as it is a great overview of this great area. Thank you again for your great comments. - John More 

Northampton
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the 4 hour scenic tour with John, he was very knowledgeable and showed us some amazing views from Te Mata Peak. He pointed out lots of interesting things along the way including many vineyards and orchards.

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi npton16. Thank you for your lovely review. Yes, the views from the top of Te Mata Peak is "fantastic".. !! There is so much to see along the way as you pointed out. Again, thank you for taking the time to comment on your tour. - John More 

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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After looking at a couple of the reviews, I was beginning to wonder if others got on the wrong van - as our day-long tour with Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours was perfect. John was knowledgeable and professional (and we did meet Maggie - who is a charming lady) - so perhaps the detractors hit an off day. Church Road Winery... More 

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John H, Manager at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Dabarton: Thank you for your fantastic review and "Highest recommendation". This is more like the reviews we are used to receiving. We do put everything into our tours (and more) and really enjoy seeing the positive reactions from our clients. I do personally recall your tour and you did get to see the best parts of the Hawkes Bay.... More 

Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were part of a tour organized via our cruise Roll Call and were in regular contact with John for a good 12 months prior to arriving at Napier. Clear instructions on how to meet up which included a map were e-mailed all well in advance of our visit. Our group of 8 were given a wonderful scenic tour of... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

So I was on the same trip as Paula G below, and agree to some extent with her review. It didn't start too well as we had to ring 3 times to be picked up, they were 35 minutes late and we are still not sure if they would have come for us if we had not chased them since... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Emma A: Thank you for your positive review. Yes, Maggie was late to collect you but that was due to communication.. Not a forgotten list, we had 4 couples at 4 different locations this day taking three different variations of the tour so we certainly had a list).. We only had your email contact and were unable to contact... More 

Washington, PA
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14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We went in a van of 10 ten with driver/guide Chris. She was a local and knew a lot about the earthquake that devastated the town in the '30s. Her grandfather ran the local newspaper then. The town has a lot of art deco and the third week of February they celebrate art deco weekend. We were there Monday after... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Glenn_A-R31: Thank you for your fantastic review of your tour with Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours. Yes, that shore excursion is fantastic and perhaps the most popular tour in Napier on any ship visit day. I am glad that you enjoyed the tour. We are very proud of all the guides we use to help us, they all have a... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I organized a small group tour off our cruise ship, and I'm surprised I can remember this tour because we went to 5, count them, wineries with healthy pours at each. There was a nice mix of large wineries and boutique. We tasted a lot of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noirs, plus others. Everybody in the group had their favorite... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi JustBeachin55: Thank you so much for you fantastic review of your tour with me. Yes, I (we) try very hard to please everyone, everyone is special to us we love receiving all the positive reviews. We remember most of our tours for different reasons and yes I can recall your group, "we" all had a great day. The rain... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Wine and beer tour purchased as a kind gift -- being previous residents of Napier we looked forward to seeing it from a tourists perspective - 3 other couples joined us on the tour - from U.K. , Sweden and USA .. Maggie our guide did not factually give out all the correct info - the tour did not touch... More 

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Colleyville, Texas
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482 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We booked with Hawkes Bay on our own. We took the shuttle bus from our cruise ship to city center and met John, our tour guide. As it turned-out, we were the only ones signed-up and we got a private tour. We saw all the significant sites, overlooks and heard about the history of the area. John did a great... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Steveh3Texas: Thank you for your fantastic review. I do recall your tour, we were very lightly booked this day to say the least, and yes, we did all have a great time. You had the time, they had the space when we arrived at the winery, so why not get the full experience.. ? When things are possible, we... More 

Rochester, NY
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

This is a different kind of review. I never went on John Hanlon's tour but I sure did have lot's of communication with him. I booked with Hawkes Bay Scenic Tour and pre-paid in full. Unfortunately my cruise ship cancelled this port after we had already departed. John was a great communicator throughout the entire booking and refund process. Although... More 

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John H, Owner at Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours Ltd, responded to this review

Hi Darlak8: Thank you so much for your review of our business practices. As you discovered there is a huge amount of work away from the tours and the processes. The key attitude I have is very old fashion... treat others as you wish to be treated. People talk about karma etc, whatever you want to call it, we will... More 

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