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The Hawkes Bay is home to a wide variety of houses built during 1870 -1914. This tour gives an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting these beautiful houses – many of which are still in the hands of the original families. We also take a guided Art Deco walking tour exploring Napier and enjoy dinner at Mission Estate Winery.
✔ Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas
✔ 4 nights accommodation
✔ Tour admissions as per itinerary
✔ Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
✔ Breakfasts (B), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 4x breakfasts, 3x dinners
✔ Visits to Hawkes Bay Historic Homes with local guide/historian
✔ 1-hour guided Art Deco Walking Tour
✔ Dinner at Mission Estate Winery
Day 1: Tuesday 01 November 2022
JOURNEY TO NAPIER (D)
We begin our first morning touring the rich Waikato countryside as we travel to Taupo, where we have the opportunity to find some lunch (own cost). After lunch, we depart Taupo and travel across the Rangitaiki Plains to Hawke's Bay, and the seaside city of Napier. Napier was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt during a period when Art Deco architecture was fashionable. The area is also one of New Zealand’s top grape growing regions with some of the country’s best-known wines coming from the Hawke’s Bay. On arrival, we enjoy an orientation tour of the city before making our way to our hotel. Tonight, we enjoy a group dinner at our hotel.
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania, Napier – 4 nights
Day 2: Wednesday 02 November 2022
HISTORIC HOUSES TOUR (BD)
Today we travel to Havelock North where we meet with our local guide who takes us on a guided tour of some of Hawkes Bay’s historic homes. This is an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting beautiful houses – many of which are still in the hands of the families they were built for and are seldom opened to the public, so it is a rare opportunity to view these pieces of history. The properties we visit were built in the 1870 – 1914 period built by nationally known architects such as Chapman-Taylor, Gummer, Natusch, and Tringham to name a few and have survived in rural New Zealand where their urban counterparts have not feared so well. We retrace our steps back to Napier in the late afternoon and dine tonight at the hotel.
Day 3: Thursday 03 November 2022
HISTORIC HOUSES TOUR (B)
Today we are re-joined by our guide to continue our tour of Hawkes Bay’s historic homes. We arrive back in Napier in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Tonight you can choose to dine at leisure from a variety of local restaurants and bars. After dinner you may wish to have a soak in the Ocean Spa, located a short walk from the hotel (own cost).
Day 4: Friday 04 November 2022
This morning we take a 1-hour guided Art Deco Walking Tour around Napier City. We take an entertaining look at the unique 1930s architecture as we wander through the streets with our local guide. En-route learn about the 1931 earthquake that destroyed the city, hear about the people that led the rebuild, and discover the unique Art Deco style of this unique city. We also get to discover the interiors of a selection of stunning Art Deco buildings not usually accessible to the public. We will view design details from the Art Deco era in windows, doors and stair banisters. Tonight we travel out to Mission Estate Winery for a delicious dinner. The restaurant is located in an historic building overlooking Napier and Hawkes Bay that was built in 1880. It was known as La Grande Maison or the "big house" and became the home for the early French Marists for three decades.
Day 5: Saturday 05 November 2022
JOURNEY FROM NAPIER (B)
Today we depart Napier and travel through the Esk Valley and over the Kaimanawa Ranges to Taupo, where we have time available to browse the local town centre and purchase lunch. After our stop we continue north on State Highway 1 through the timber towns of Tokoroa and Putaruru, driving across the farmlands of the Waikato to arrive in Hamilton.
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• Package price is based on twin share and is priced in New Zealand Dollars.
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