Hawkes Bay Historic Homes
The Hawkes Bay is home to a wide variety of houses built during 1870-1914 and our five day tour will give you an excellent chance to experience first-hand, the story of New Zealand’s formative years by visiting beautiful houses of the period – many of which are still in the hands of the families they were built for. We also enjoy a guided art deco walking tour exploring the interior and exterior of the beautiful art deco buildings of Napier.
Tuesday 28 April – Saturday 2 May 2020 (5 Days)
Day 1 Tuesday 28 April 2020- HOME CITIES TO NAPIER (D)
We commence our first morning touring the rich Waikato countryside as we travel to Taupo, where you will have the opportunity to purchase 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 the period when Art Deco Architecture was fashionable. Napier is now known as the Art Deco City. 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 will have an orientation tour of the city before making our way to our hotel for the evening. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group dinner at the Napier RSA.
Accommodation: Quality Inn, Napier – 4 nights
Day 2 Wednesday 29 April 2020 – Historic Houses Tour (BD)
Today we travel to Havelock North where we meet with our local guide John Vickers who will take 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 of the period – many of which are still in the hands of the families they were built for. Many of the houses that we visit are seldom opened to the public, so it is a rare opportunity to view these. The properties we visit were built in the 1870 – 1914 period and have survived in rural New Zealand where their urban counterparts have not fared so well. They were built by nationally known architects such as Chapman-Taylor, Gummer, Natusch, and Tringham to name a few. We retrace our steps back to Napier in the late afternoon. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at the Napier RSA.
Day 3 Thursday 30 April 2020 – HISTORIC HOUSES TOUR (B)
Today we are re-joined by John 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 dinner 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.
Day 4 Friday 1 May 2020 – NAPIER (BD)
This morning we take a 1-hour guided Art Deco Walking Tour. 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. Once we have looked at the exterior of the buildings, we 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 3 course dinner. The restaurant is located in a historic building overlooking Napier and Hawkes Bay. This building 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 2 May 2020 – Napier to Home Cities (B)
Today we 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 then drive across the farmlands of the Waikato and arrive in Hamilton. For those who were picked up from home, you will be delivered back to your home