Hawkes Bay Express - Road Train


WELCOME ABOARD THE HAWKES BAY EXPRESS! When you’re travelling around the world, it’s the unique things you remember most – and it doesn’t get much more unique than this. On board the Hawkes Bay Express, you’ll connect with Napier’s character in a way you never thought possible. It’s a modern road train that’s styled like an old-fashioned steam engine, but it travels on road, not rail, so you can get up close and personal with the city and the region. 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. Your tour will begin direct from your ship. Head out along the scenic Marine Parade with seascape views of Cape Kidnappers. Then as we trundle through the city centre of Napier, you’ll view some of the world’s most stunning examples of Art Deco architecture and hear a commentary outlining the history of the 1931 earthquake and the city’s subsequent Art Deco rebuilding. We then head over Bluff Hill, an older area that contains early settlers’ homes and into Ahuriri. Hear all about life and culture in New Zealand and learn about famous Kiwis who’ve made their mark on the world. Going back further in time, we’ll also tell you about some fascinating Maori legends, and give you a history of the changes to the Bay over the last 600 years.
  • Tour Code

    NPE135

  • Location

    Napier

  • Activity Types

    Sightseeing / City Tour

  • Experience Types

    Sightseeing

  • Duration

    1.16 hour

  • Fitness Level

    Low

  • Price

    Adult from $75.99
    Children (12 & under) from $45.99

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Art Deco architecture is sure worth a snap or two on this tour.

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To make your day as enjoyable as possible, please ensure that you wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bottled water.

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