There’s no shortage of things to do in Napier from a cruise, whether you’re looking for eco-tourism or want to structure your time in New Zealand solely around food and wine. A traditional tea ceremony in Napier is a must, where tea is a huge part of the local daily routine. Don’t forget to try New Zealand’s signature dessert, pavlova, which is a light meringue cake with fruit and whipped cream. A wine tour in Hawkes Bay of Mission Estate Winery and Ngatarawa Winery will include plenty of tastings and dessert.
Design and architecture buffs on a cruise to Napier will enjoy a half-day driving tour of all the Art Deco sites on Napier, New Zealand shore excursions, where a tour guide will share how the style heavily influenced Napier’s buildings and homes. A drive through the countryside of Hawkes Bay will take travelers through wine country, where orchards and gardens dot the landscape.
Of course, there’s nothing better than shore excursions that offer a breathtaking view of New Zealand. If you’re looking for a panorama of Napier and Hawkes Bay, a trek to the top of Esk Hill is your best bet. A trip to Cape Kidnappers is less scary than it sounds, and just a few miles south of Napier you’ll take in a stunning look at the Pacific Ocean. Cape Kidnappers is one of the only places in the world where thousands of Gannet birds nest each year, and you’ll watch up close as these unique birds fly and fish along the cape.
Looking for slightly more adventurous Napier, New Zealand shore excursions? Ride the white-water rapids of the Mohaka River, where a guide will teach you the ropes of rafting and point out details about the forests and brush you’ll pass along the way.