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Hawke's Bay Historic Homes

Autumn 2018
5 days - 4 nights
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John Vickers' Historic Homes Tour

The Gentle Annie Road

National Aquarium

British Car Museum

Gannet Safari

Mission Vineyard

Art Deco Tour

Lake Taupo Cruise

Chocolate Factory

Cotswold Gardens

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See some of New Zealand’s colonial heritage, combined with the infamous beauty that is the Art Deco inspired Napier.

Begin with a scenic drive along the Gentle Annie road amongst the North Island tussock to Napier, from where we set out for two days of touring the historic homes around Hawke’s Bay guided by John Vickers. Take a step back in time as you explore the Art Deco beauty of the rebuilt city. There’s no need to re-pack your bag everyday on this trip which makes it a relaxing yet scenic experience to enjoy.



Day 1


The first part of our journey takes us south through Te Awamutu and Mangakino and along the western side of Lake Taupo to a lunch break destination at Waiouru. After lunch, we turn off the main highway to head up over the hills on the famous Gentle Annie road. This route takes us past several huge North Island stations and the views in places are just indescribable. The road itself is surprisingly good with about 20kms of metal. Our accommodation for the next 4 nights is in Napier.

Day 2

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we travel to Havelock North to join John Vickers who will take us on a guided tour around some of Hawke’s Bay’s beautiful and historic homes. John is a widely recognised expert on the history and architecture of New Zealand’s early homesteads and provides a very interesting and informative commentary. A tasty lunch is also included.

Day 3

Breakfast, Dinner

We spend the day exploring the sights of Napier including the National Aquarium, the British Car Museum and the Chocolate Factory. We finish the day with a tour and wine tasting at Mission Vineyard.

Day 4

Breakfast, Dinner

An interesting morning as we take a guided tour around Napier learning about its unique history and Art Deco buildings. Following some free time and lunch in the city, we travel out to the coast and hop aboard another bus for the trip across Summerlee Station to the world famous Cape Kidnappers Gannet Sanctuary. This bus takes us right to the sanctuary with no walking and is really an amazing scenic and nature experience.

Day 5


Today, we start our homeward journey with a visit to ‘Cotswold Gardens’, a huge garden at an altitude of 450 metres which at times sees snow. We stop at Taupo for lunch and take a cruise around the lake before we make our way back home.




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