About

Hi I’m John and I would appreciate the opportunity to be your personal local guide for an amazing tour of Napier and beyond or for a customised travel experience!

Since relocating to Napier in 1996 with my wife Judith, we have been fortunate enough to call Hawke’s Bay home. We made the move from the West Coast of the North Island to the sunny East Coast after having enjoyed many a happy family holiday spent on the beaches of Napier, Waipatiki and Waimarama.

We just loved the balmy Mediterranean climate, the warmth of the people who call this place home, and the life choices Hawke’s Bay offered so much that I gave up my job in Consultancy & Engineering and decided to relocate to this wonderful region of New Zealand.

We were fortunate to be able to purchase an historic property on Napier Hill built in Hawke’s Bay’s early settlement and pioneering days. Judith and I established a Bed & Breakfast enterprise in the property. We just loved meeting our guests from all over the globe and sharing the amazing secrets of Hawke’s Bay with them. Our enthusiasm obviously worked as ‘Bridge the World’, a global travel organisation, included our business in their ‘New Zealand’s Little Gems’ publication.

Now I want to share this wonderful Hawke’s Bay experience with you and your friends. It really is a most beautiful and diverse place. Or you may wish to discuss personalised or customised travel options.

I can offer you a bewildering variety of Hawke’s Bay delights; Art Deco architecture rebuilt as a result of the earthquake of 1931, the oldest existing vineyard and winery in New Zealand, a real Art Deco train and bus, local artisans who create beautiful sheepskin products and mouth-watering handmade chocolates, original sculptures in a gorgeous outdoor setting, a peek at a real old-time Sweet Shop and a mountain lookout with the most unbelievable views of Hawke’s Bay and that’s just a taste of what is on offer!
As a discerning traveller you will be in good hands with someone who understands your needs and expectations. I have travelled extensively overseas and understand the need to have the opportunity to explore and appreciate a Region’s history and delights whilst having the security of a knowledgeable local guide like myself.

Let me be your host for an unforgettable experience!