Vintage Bus Tour of Art Deco Napier

A one hour city tour in New Zealand's only Ford Model AA vintage bus. A great way to introduce yourself to Napier and our Art Deco City. Your friendly, knowledgeable driver/guide will entertain you with stories of Napier's past as you soak up the sights through the open sides. No glass in the windows means no nasty reflections and a cool breeze on those warm summer days. The bus has been fitted with modern speakers so that everyone can enjoy the commentary.
Please note that due to the nature of the vehicle, some of the seats are quite narrow. Larger passengers are advised to arrive early to get a double seat when possible.
On cruise ship tours, times may vary slightly due to delays in docking; please head directly to the Hooters stand at the first shuttle stop to confirm your departure time.

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  • What's included :
    • Ford Model AA vintage bus tour
    • Certified English-speaking guide
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Pass By: Napier, Napier, Hawke's Bay Region, North Island

      The best way to see the City!

      Pass By: Napier i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 100 Marine Parade, Napier 4110 New Zealand

      The Napier information centre on Marine Parade is your start and finish point and also your best guide to what's on offer in Napier. Great souvenirs too!

      Pass By: Marine Parade, Napier New Zealand

      Your starting point and Napier's hub of activity.

      Pass By: Sunken Gardens, Marina Parade, Napier New Zealand

      Formed in the 1960s, the Sunken Garden has been described as the Parade's 'hidden treasure' because, as it sits below the street level and offers a sense of serenity and separation from its urban surrounds.

      Pass By: A Wave in Time Statue, 141/143-147 Emerson Street, Napier 4110 New Zealand

      ‘A Wave in Time’ consists of two bronze sculptures, located in Napier’s city centre on Emerson Street.

      The first installation was commissioned in 2009, and unveiled in February 2010. The statue is modelled on Sheila Williams, daughter of Ernest Williams, one of the notable architects of the post-earthquake rebuild era. The statue also features a greyhound – although Sheila had horses, not dogs, images of exuberant women with elegant dogs were a popular theme during the Deco period. Sheila was also the Carnival Queen of the ‘New Napier Carnival’ in January 1933 to celebrate the town's recovery from the earthquake.

      The second bronze piece is of a boy who has climbed a verandah post and is waving at Sheila. This second sculpture was unveiled in October 2014.

      Napier City Council commissioned Mark Whyte of Lyttleton to create both sculptures. Mr Whyte majored in stone sculpture at the Ilam School of Fine Arts and is a specialist in stone sculpture, heritage restoration, public statuary in marble and bronze, and bronze portraiture.

      Pass By: Clive Square, Napier 4110 New Zealand

      In 1884, it was redesigned as a village green with gardens. This Edwardian water fountain was added in 1904. After the earthquake, it became Tin Town, a refuge and market for displaced citizens. As Napier recovered, Phoenix palms were planted and this lily pond was built in 1934. Today, the picturesque Clive square is encircled with five species of palm trees.

      Pass By: Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson Street, Napier New Zealand

      The Napier Municipal Theatre's unique Art Deco heritage has been preserved with the skilful addition of modern theatre facilities. The theatre is a model of architectural beauty and Art Deco style and its stage has been graced with international acts and local performers alike.

      Pass By: Daily Telegraph Building, Tennyson St, Napier New Zealand

      Noteworthy art deco building, former home of the Daily Telegraph, with lotus-topped columns.

      Pass By: Pania of the Reef Statue, 56 Marine Parade, Napier 4110 New Zealand

      Pania, often styled "Pania of the Reef", is a figure of Māori mythology, and a symbol of the New Zealand city of Napier. A statue of Pania on Napier's Marine Parade is a tourist attraction.

      Pass By: National Tobacco Company Building, Bridge St esquina Ossian St, Napier New Zealand

      Napier's most iconic Art Deco building.

    • Departure Point :
      Napier i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 100 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Cruise passengers - Please head into Napier on the free shuttle from the port, disembark at the first stop and head over to the Hooters stand. Tours depart from the paved area just across the zebra crossing. Non cruise passengers - Tours depart from the bus stop in front of the Napier i-site.Ports
      • Napier
      Return Detail :
      Returns to original departure point
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Most travelers can participate
      • Passengers should be able to climb steps into the bus (approx 30cm)
      • There is no storage for walkers, strollers or wheelchairs on the bus. We may be able to arrange storage whist on tour, please enquire.
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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    Organised by Hooters Vintage & Classic Vehicle Hire

    Activity ID: V-9223P12

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