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About Napier

In 1931 Napier was dramatically changed by an earthquake. The waterlocked city suddenly grew in size and, as a result of the rebuilding, many of the buildings here today are art deco in style. Embark on one of our cruises to Napier end discover the aesthetics of this era. A walk around the town takes you on a journey through the soft pastels, zigzags, geometric shapes and rising suns.

For those considering spending a few hours ashore, Napier cruise itinerary also includes a visit to Hawke's Bay. Nature has been kind to Hawke's Bay, putting the region at the forefront of New Zealand's wine industry.

 

Shore excursions in Napier

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Taste of Napier

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Taste the best of Hawkes Bay; delicious seasonal fruit, ice cream and scrumptious handmade chocolate.

Sunzup Fruit World is a family-owned 33 hectare orchard, featuring a wide variety of fruits. During your visit you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a tractor drawn trailer ride, sample the fruits in season and view some of the fascinating memorabilia that depicts the history of Fruit World. You’ll also be treated to a homemade ice cream.

Afterwards, you’ll head to The Silky Oak Chocolate Company, manufacturer of some of the finest handmade chocolates using coverture ‘real’ chocolate. Discover the chocolate-making process, sample the goodies and take in the Chocolate Museum, which tells the interesting story and history of chocolate.

During your tour, there will be a chance to purchase a souvenir at both Fruit World and Silk Oak.

A photo stop will be made at Te Mata Peak to enjoy the wonderful panoramic views, en route back to the pier.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves limited walking over relatively flat ground. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. Local currency is accepted for purchases.

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Travel the shores of Hawke’s Bay in your 4WD vehicle towards Cape Kidnappers – the world’s largest mainland gannet colony.

Commence your tour with a drive down Napier’s beautiful Marine Parade with its stand of tall Norfolk pines. Continue along the Hawke’s Bay coast to Cape Kidnappers Station. From there, the unpaved road crosses rolling pastures, riverbeds and gullies.

Stopping just a few yards from the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers affords a close-up look at the birds. The gannet is a member of the booby family, and is easily recognized by its distinctive black eye markings and pale gold crown. The birds arrive here at the colony in the latter part of July, and their chicks hatch in late November and December. Migration begins again in March.

See gannets swooping and diving into the sea for food, while others preen themselves or perform the ritual dance of recognition. Cape Kidnappers is one of only two known mainland gannet colonies in the world.

Enjoy a tea or coffee and a cookie, and then relax for the journey back to Napier, with an orientation drive through the art deco district en route to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4WD vehicle and on foot. The tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children may not participate.

Hawke’s Bay Express

Activity lowFamily

Duration: 1¼ hours

Discover Napier’s distinctive character, sights and history from the comfort of a unique 1930’s styled trolley train.

Embark on an informative ride on the delightful Hawke’s Bay Express. This modern trolley train, styled in the form of an old-fashioned 1930s steam engine, travels on the road and not on rails thus allowing you to see the main city sights from a closer perspective.

The 1930s-themed carriages combine a romantic, old-time atmosphere with the decadence of the Art Deco era and, as the bell rings and the whistle blows you’ll be transported back to a time when first class meant swing music, polished wooden floors and crimson-tasselled curtains.

During the journey, you’ll trundle through the city and along the scenic Marine Parade with seascape views of Cape Kidnappers. You’ll see some of the world’s most stunning examples of Art Deco architecture whilst listening to an informative and quirky commentary outlining the history behind many of these iconic buildings.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by trolley train. There is a small step to board the train. There is no storage for wheelchairs on board the train. The train is not air-conditioned, but the windows do open.

Hawke's Bay Countryside

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Visit a historic wool shed for a sheep-herding and shearing demonstration before absorbing the views from Mt Te Mata Peak.

Be entertained during a visit to The Clifton Woolshed, a historic woolshed farm with demonstrations of sheep-shearing and sheep-dog trials. The old woolshed is set on a large station that has remained in the same family for generations. Explore the Woolshed Museum and view its displays of family history and memorabilia. Before you leave, there will be the opportunity to browse the high quality woollens on sale at the Wool World Shop.

Devonshire tea will be served at a local café, before heading up to Te Mata Peak. The Maoris’ claim the peak is the body of a sleeping giant, chieftain Te Mata O Rongokako. Enjoy sweeping views of the Tukituki River Valley, the Heretaunga Plains and twin cities of Napier and Hastings before returning to the port via the Bridge-Pa district.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. There is approximately 30 minutes’ total walking over flat ground. The journey involves a winding mountain road.

Hawke's Bay Wine & Scenery

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

The wine district of Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its wine, visit 3 of the region’s acclaimed estates for cheese and wine tasting.

Hawke’s Bay is noted for its wide range of microclimates and its deposits of gravelly soils resembling Graves or the Northern Rhone. While the district produces excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, the latest focus has been on Cabernet, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah.

Enjoy visiting 3 of Hawke’s Bay’s acclaimed vineyards for wine tasting. The Sileni Estate lies in the famed Gimblett Gravel appellation where gravelly soils produce superb Bordeaux varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Semillon. You’ll be taken on a tour of the winery before enjoying wine tasting in the specially designed tasting room.

Ngatarawa is among New Zealand's most picturesque wineries. Driving down the long tree-lined driveway, you will discover the historic racing stables, large lily pond and timeless ambience, making this an excellent backdrop for wine tasting.

The Mission Estate is one of the most sustainable wineries in the country and is housed in an elegantly restored historic seminary building with sweeping views of Napier. Taste their award-winning wines with cheese and learn about their advanced viticultural practices.

During your journey to the countryside you will see a variety of scenery as well as travelling along Marine Parade, Napier’s shoreline esplanade and past well-kept suburbs with Art Deco buildings.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers must be over 18 years old to participate in the wine tasting. There is approximately 45 minutes of total walking over flat ground.

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