Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours ...... Past Testimonials

Past Testimonials

Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours - Napier, New Zealand

Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours - Napier, New Zealand


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for 5 consecutive years

Operating as a local owner operator since 2005

Past Testimonials


We were delighted with our host John. He was very attentive and provided much more than just a wine and beer tour. His knowledge of the history of Napier far surpassed our expectations.
The wineries and brew house were good...John knows more information about all our stops than the staff working there.
Absolutely the best tour, in the company of a nice gentleman, who by the end of the tour felt more like a friend than a guide.
Thank you John

Darrel and Dawn,
Vancouver Canada


We joined John recently on this tour after visiting several other NZ cities in a similar fashion via shore excursions - this was the best tour by far for the following reasons: John was flexible when our ship changed our original plans and then adjusted the tour to fit the timing. We saw everything and did not feel rushed. John is both knowledgeable and personable. Some surprising sights along the way in terms of seeing farm animals too which I will not spoil for future visitors. Overall I thought this tour the best value for time and money overall. Not to be missed!

Grace P.


Hi There

I would just like to pass on our thanks to John our Tour Guide.

What a great day we had from our Wine tasting, to his well run tour of Napier itself.

His knowledge of wine and his entertaining Wit really made us feel comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank you again John for making our trip so special and enjoyable.

Lou, Amanda and Mel

New Zealand


Hi John

I will highly recommend this tour to my friends. Have a good one.


New Zealand


Hello John

Rona and her friend Val came in this morning and told me how much they enjoyed the tour with you yesterday.
They were thrilled that they learnt a lot, that you took your time and the tour was longer than planned.
They were full of praise for your excellent tour and were happy that they decided to join you.
They appreciated the pick up from their home as well




Scenic and winery tours
Both tours were excellent covering everything mentioned on the website and more. Both John and Margaret were very pleasant and informative. The tour of the art deco area was very interesting and the scenery and views in the outer areas were magnificent. Our lunch stop was excellent and the food delicious. The wineries we visited were very good and the people in each winery were very pleasant and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed my two tours and would recommend them for anyone wanting to tour the Napier area.




Hi John!

We are finally back in the UK. Glad the All Blacks won!!!!

Thank you for the photographs, always pleased to see more. And thank you again for a wonderful tour of such a beautiful place, will be in our memories forever.

Best wishes,

United Kingdom


We had Maggie take us on this tour and she was fantastic. Had so much knowledge about local history and had heaps of fun facts. Highly recommend as they've been in the business longer than most in the region.

Dylan S.



We arrived in Napier onboard a cruise ship and spent the day touring with John of Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours. He was a great guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of Napier and surrounding area as well as the art deco style which dominates the town.

After a scenic drive around the peninsula we had a personal motorcycle escort to the top of a "mountain" for some great photo ops. We drove back to Napier and toured around the place with John pointing out various features that define the town's style.

We then had some time to wander around enjoying the architecture and in some cases doing a little shopping before we were returned to the ship. Highly recommend this company.

Thank you John for a wonderful day!




Dear John,

A few weeks ago me and a few others took an amazing tour with you from the Explorer of the Seas. I was totally impressed with one of the scenes during our trip and asked if you could email a high quality copy of the picture you have on your post card. It is the one with the mountain and river flowing near it. The picture I took from my iPhone was not pixilated enough for me to blow up to poster size. Thanks in advance for your help with this request.





What a wonderful day! Margaret is a gem and we had such fun seeing your beautiful town.

Please give her our best.

Thanks for everything!




Sorry John, have been snogged under at work since we’ve been back…

But I would like to take time now to say how much we appreciated what you and Margaret did for us. You made a day out a blast and managed to keep our diverse age group very satisfied and entertained the whole day.
We must admit that you both were very knowledgeable about every winery that we visited, to the point I preferred to hang back with you from the tour guide and listen to what you had to say. Before this trip, I didn’t really
appreciate the true history and hard work that goes into that lovely bottle of wine that I just purchased, opened and drunk until your tour. I also never really knew the history of Hawkes Bay area, but with the little educational booklets provided in the car and the knowledge you two shared along our trip was truly an eye opener. Also I would like to say thank you for all the little extra things you did for us like, change the tour around to suit or group,
the lovely photos of us and most of all, letting our group cruise at there leisure without hurrying us. Also thank you for putting up with our sometimes rowdy group and having a joke with us, that was really neat you two got in on our bantering with us.

I have already referred the both of you to all our friends and I will defiantly be back in your lovely town again.

Thanks again,

Ma & Doug

New Zealand


Over about 4 or 5 hours we visited 4 wineries (3 tastings and one winery tour). John gave a great history of the area and the rise of the wineries as he took us around, and then people at the wineries instructed us on the tastings at each location. John's very knowledgeable about the wineries and basically all things NZ it seems! Though I'm sure it would also be good for those travelers who know more about wine, it was great for us as beginners. Great to ask questions and ask to take photos of us. Bonus: He's got a knack for taking good shots, too!



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