The Winery Excursion will visit two fantastic wineries in the Napier area, where you will get to sample wine, and have some yummy platter food too!
The Winery Excursion includes:
Firstly visits Mission Estate established during 1851 by the Marist Monks making the Estate the oldest in New Zealand. Access to the elevated site is via a wonderful 200mts avenue of London Plain trees planted over 100 years ago. A brief stop can be requested to take photos.
The tasting paddle is of 4 Hawkes Bay wines, generally 2 reds and 2 whites. The cost of the tasting paddle is included in your tour cost. The paddles come with tasting notes but your guide may be able to help out as Ross has been a grape grower for many years and has recently completed a wine appreciation course.
You will be free to purchase wine after the tasting. Once the tasting is complete your guide will lead you on a tour of the facilities including the underground cellar.
Then it is on to Linden Estate. New Zealand wine, cheese and biscuits will be served on a large table out amongst Linden Estates Gewurztraminer vines. Your guide Ross planted these vines 20 years ago so is well able to provide a commentary regarding grape growing. This site is exclusive to your guide Ross and is generally a very social experience.
Its then back on the minibus for the 15min drive back to your cruise ship shuttle station.
The Town and Country Excursion shows the best of Napier culture, history and country!
The Town and Country Excursion includes:
Your tour will depart from the pink flag and begin by driving through the Art Deco CBD of Napier, your guide will provide a commentary and point out particular buildings of interest.
Shakespeare Road leads to the Bluff Hill Lookout to stop and take pictures of your ship directly below. Modern clean toilets are on site for use without charge.
The tour then travels down nearby Seapoint Road to number 26a. This is the house of your guide Ross and his wonderful colourful garden. From the large terrace you can see the extent of the land that was reclaimed after the devastating earthquake of 1931.
Once on board again the tour travels along Harding Road besides the sea to the next photo stop, the National Tobacco Building that is now a gin distillery. The building was built after the earthquake and is a wonderful example of Art Nouveau.
Travel to Mission Estate and stop for a photo opportunity on the avenue of 100 year old London Plain trees. We turn at the Mission House fountain. (Please note: There is no wine tasting at the Mission Estate in this tour)
Travel along Puketitiri Road through farmland with sheep and cattle and passing orchards and vineyards until arriving at the Esk Valley Memorial Church. Your guide was born on a sheep and cattle farm and will provide an informative commentary. This is another stop and photo opportunity
Neighbouring the church is Linden Estate the next stop. New Zealand wine cheese and biscuits will be served out amongst the vines that your guide Ross planted 21 years ago. This is a very sociable experience with everyone seated around a large table.
The tour concludes on the minibus for the 15min scenic drive through the Esk Valley to the Cruise Ship shuttle station.
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