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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 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 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: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion

2. 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

3. 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 Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

4. 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 Art Deco Guided Walk

5. 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: Best of Napier Small Group Tour

6. 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. 

Napier: Private Customizable Tour in a Luxury Vehicle

7. 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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What people are saying about Napier

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Really enjoyed our afternoon from pickup to being dropped off back at our motel. Not too much travelling time between the visits with all very generous with their samples. The gin tasting was extra special and again well hosted. Wine and cheese finished off the tour beautifully, couldn’t fault it.

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.

Ross had an extremely well thought out tour for us and we couldn’t recommend this enough! The tastings were great at each stop and we had loads of fun with the rest of the group.

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.