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Hawkes Bay Express

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100 Marine Parade | Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Top Drawer Performance by HBE Family

This family spared no expense in putting together this mini train. Believe me, this little thing is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
TexasRaf
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San Antonio, Texas
Excellent tour of a beautiful and unique town

We were travelling in a party of 14 with people ranging from young children to teens, adults and... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
Greg M
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Brisbane
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See the highlights of Hawke's Bay aboard the award winning Hawke's Bay Express, a delightful and truly unique sightseeing train that travels on road. Hop aboard the family built and run Hawkes Bay Express and begin your journey through one of the most attractive cities in New Zealand or take a sightseeing tour of the region. Your modern road train is styled like an old-fashioned steam train and inside you'll find a romantic, old-time atmosphere. Sit back, relax and watch vibrant Napier come alive through the train's large opening windows. The Hawke's Bay Express city tour guides you through the coach restricted city centre. Then takes you over Napier's beautiful Bluff Hill, where the early settlers lived and the old port village of Ahuriri and the inland lagoon. The in-depth commentary covers the regions history, 1931 earthquake, the cities rebuild, economy, industries and lifestyle with personal stories of life from the 5th generation Hawke's Bay owners. If you have a large group book a private sightseeing tour around the region or even a beer appreciation tour to 3 venues. The options are endless. See you on board!
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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100 Marine Parade | Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This family spared no expense in putting together this mini train. Believe me, this little thing is first class from fore to aft

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello and thank you for your great review, we are very proud of our tour vehicle. All the best for future travels. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

We were travelling in a party of 14 with people ranging from young children to teens, adults and elderly visitors. We didn't think this tour would be entertaining for such a cross section of people, but were very happily surprised. The town itself has a...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Hello and thank you for your wonderful review. I am thrilled all enjoyed the tour and it is great for us to see a family group all enjoying being together and enjoying each others company. All the best for future travels. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

It was extremely enjoyable and informative. One of the best venues to introduce one to everything you would want to know about Napier!

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you for your great review. I hope you have some wonderful and settled weather on the east coast of the USA over the summer months. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The percieved train ride is an awesome way to see the city. Our guide gave great insight in to the era of the quake & it's rebuild all with a spattering of humour. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience & recommend dressing in art deco garb...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Thank you so much for such a great review, we are elated you enjoyed your tour with us so much. We wish you a great year and many more fun adventures. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Will and his wife do a great job bringing this friendly town to life! Art Deco galore! Beautiful Train.

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krysiav2014, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Hello and thank you very much for your great review and taking your time to submit it. All the best for your travels and 2018. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

On our recent cruise to NZ. My wife and I had the good fortune of using the Hawkes Bay Road Train Tour. We left from where the ship was docked and were immediately impressed with the condition of the Train and the family members who...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you for your wonderful feedback on our tours. I hope your holiday was a great experience and I wish you many more. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Fantastic and fun time on this trolley. Family run business. Husband and wife team extremely knowledgeable on history of Napier its port and the surrounding area. This was a shore excursion selection fro NCL Jewel. We would do it again.

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hello and thank you for your great review. We wish you a safe passage home and hope there are many more adventures ahead for you all. KInd regards Will

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We've just come off the Hawks Bay Express road train. We're here in Napier from the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice. Will the driver was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable in everything local - a Hawkes Bay boy, as he said. It's a great way to...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Wow, thank you so much for your glowing review. I hope the rest of your cruise is plain sailing and you all have a wonderful year. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

wow what a great experience touring napier on the hawkesbay express the train was a delight and a credit to the family. we were on the last tour for the day and had enough time before we had to embark our ship so we had...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2018

Hello and thank you very much for such a great write up on your tour. It is very much appreciated. We all wish you the best for the year and future safe travels. Kind regards Will

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Reviewed 11 February 2018

Being in Napier in the summer offered perfect weather. We booked our tour through the excursions on Holland America Cruises. The Tour Guide was WONDERFUL!! He was friendly, funny, and full of information that was engaging and informative. His dad was on the tour as...More

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Hawkes_Bay_Express, Owner at Hawkes Bay Express, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Hello and thank you very much for such a wonderful review and recommendation. We wish you all a great year and fun / safe travels. Kind regards Will

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Jon L
6 November 2017|
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Response from Hawkes_Bay_Express | Property representative |
Hello Jon, Thank you very much for your email and enquiry. I am just updating our website. For cruise passengers: If you are coming to Napier on a cruise ship you need to book through the cruise ship as our tours have... More
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Wendy K
26 June 2017|
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Response from Hawkes_Bay_Express | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we are not running public tours at this time. We are currently building a new train and with so many bookings from private/tour groups and cruise ships we do not have the... More
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Wendy K
26 June 2017|
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Response from Hawkes_Bay_Express | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry, unfortunately we are not running public tours at this time. We are currently building a new train and with so many bookings from private/tour groups and cruise ships we do not have the... More
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