Experience the Best of Hawke's Bay
Napier, New Zealand
- Napier's Art Deco: Visit Napier for a walking tour of its famous and ornate Art Deco buildings of the 1930s, including the Municipal Theatre and the National Tobacco Company.
- Te Mata Peak: Climb to the pinnacle of the "Sleeping Giant" 1,309 feet above sea level for breathtaking, 360-degree views of Hawke's Bay's rolling green hills and majestic sea.
- Selini Estates Winery: Enjoy a wine tasting from this leading vintner before settling in at the estate's restaurant for a sumptuous lunch of the area's finest local delicacies.
- Rush Munro's Ice Cream: Taste Hawke's Bay tastiest little secret, founded in 1926. Its 100% natural ice cream is made with the finest local ingredients, hand-crafted and batch churned.
About This Napier Tour
Hawke's Bay diversity is on full display with a sweeping tour capturing all the area has to offer. Your adventure begins by cruising along a coast lined with majestic Norfolk Island Pines, first planted in 1888. These soaring evergreens flank the Marine Parade, a landscaped lush area of walking paths and gardens housing a multitude of cultural attractions.
As you reach the seaport city of Napier, you'll marvel at the decorative and colorful buildings designed in the Art Deco style of the 1930s. After a devastating earthquake in 1931, the city underwent an amazing rebirth and is now one of the best-preserved Art Deco towns in the world.
From coastal city to sprawling countryside, Hawke's Bay offers a different perspective. Its fertile Haretaunga Plains are abundant with orchards and market gardens. The Mediterranean-like climate in this part of the country produces a cornucopia of tasty treasures. Its mild weather is conducive to growing fresh fruits and vegetables. The pleasant temps are also advantageous for vineyards and the region is renowned for winemaking. Experience that for yourself with a tasting and lunch at the acclaimed Selini Estates Winery.
Round out your orientation of the bay area with a stop in Hastings, Napier's "twin city" located about 11 miles inland. One of the largest urban areas in Hawke's Bay, Hastings is known for food production as it is surrounded by fertile land. A treat at New Zealand's oldest ice cream maker, Rush Munro's, will make you a believer in the quality of its locally sourced ingredients.
Hawke's Bay is a potpourri of contrasting landscapes and epicurean abundance, making it a unique, untapped treasure on the North Island of New Zealand.
Legend of the "Sleeping Giant"
The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand who have a rich culture with their own language, traditions, and legends. Like the one of Te Mata Peak. It is believed that an ancient Maori chief fell in love with the daughter of his rival. To prove his worthiness, he was challenged with impossible tasks, including eating his way through the rocky range. He choked (literally) and the peak is said to be the outline of his body, aptly called the "Sleeping Giant."
Your guide will meet you on your ship's pier. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Cruise ship travelers: You may purchase wine and take it to the ship but check the ship's individual policy - you may be able to take it to your cabin or you may have security hold it to be returned to you at the end of the cruise.
Must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile over varying terrain with some inclines and steps. Tour is accessible for travelers with walkers and wheelchairs.
Food & Wine, Family Friendly, Scenic, Shopping, Bus Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Must be 18 years old and present valid photo ID for wine tasting.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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