Napier, New Zealand
Hawke's Bay Express
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Approximately 1 - 1¼ hours
Board a modern road train that feels like an old-fashioned steam engine complete with a romantic atmosphere straight out of the opulent art deco era. The Hawke’s Bay Express features velvet-covered cushioned seats and spacious carriage benches, tall windows, polished wooden floors and crimson-tasseled curtains. As the bell rings and the whistle blows, you'll be transported back in time for an art deco Napier experience like no other.
You'll head out along scenic Marine Parade, with seascape views of Cape Kidnappers. Then, trundling through the city center of Napier, marvel at some of the world's most stunning examples of art deco architecture.
Travel right into the elegant heart of Napier along the main street, which is otherwise mostly a pedestrian zone.
An engaging commentary will explain the history of the catastrophic 1931 earthquake and the city's subsequent art deco-style re-build.
Leaving the town center, you will head over Bluff Hill, an older area featuring early settlers' homes; then, continue to Ahuriri--once the old port village and now a haven for summer tourists.
You'll hear all about life and culture in New Zealand and learn about famous Kiwis, including some fascinating Maori legends that lead to an understanding of the Bay’s history and changes over the last 600 years.
Stop for photos at the former National Tobacco Company building--perhaps the region’s deco masterpiece. From here, continue through the vibrant bar and restaurant area and past the sailing port of Ahuriri, back towards Napier’s Marine Parade.
Leave the tour at the Marine Parade if you wish to explore Napier further on foot, or sit back and relax a while longer as this stylish road train returns you to the ship.
Guests who wish to stay in town to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring a hat, sunscreen and bottled water.