Drive through downtown Napier, observing the marquee attractions of New Zealand's "Art Deco City," followed by a stop at the National Aquarium.
Depart from the pier and begin a leisurely drive through Napier, one of the most attractive cities in New Zealand. After the devastating earthquake and fire of 1931, Napier was completely rebuilt in the then-modern style of Art Deco. As a happy result, Napier boasts the world's largest concentration of Art Deco buildings, many of which you'll pass.
You'll also have a fine view of the Spirit of Napier statue that commemorates the 1931 earthquake, beautiful Sunken Gardens Park, and other places of interest along Marine Parade, the coastal highway. This picturesque road follows the gentle curve of the beach-blessed bay, where surfers and boaters often gather just offshore.
After an hour or so of touring Napier from the comfort of your coach, you'll stop at the National Aquarium, an attraction exhibiting every imaginable species of marine life, including odd creatures that local fishermen have donated. There are displays of giant squid, living coral reefs, and tanks filled with seahorses, eels and fish indigenous to New Zealand.
Other tanks are filled with unusual species from the Amazon such as the endangered Pacu, a fish that aggressively feeds on fruits and berries that fall into the river. The National Aquarium even houses a variety of land animals, including kiwis and lizards such as the world's oldest tuatara hatched in captivity. After touring the Aquarium on your own, you'll re-join your coach and transfer directly back to the pier.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion during the stop at the Aquarium. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.