Touring the best of Hawkes Bay in retro VW Kombi style.
Showing off the sights, sounds and sumptuous tastes of this fabulous region. 
Fully private and bespoke tours as well as private hire available. 

THE AVANTOGO STORY

Owners, Craig and Simone Stranaghan have combined their love of travelling and Volkswagen vans to create Avantogo Tours.

After relocating to sunny Hawke's Bay from the "big smoke" they decided to make a complete career change, turning their beloved 1970 VW Microbus from simply a fun way to explore the bay in to a way to share this experience with visitors to the region.

So the little bus was duly painted, upholstered, washed, waxed and complied in to what is today a sharp retro cruiser. Perfect to spend time in and a world away from it's previous hauling job as a bread van...although the scent of fresh sourdough has said to be smelt at 80kms an hour with a good tail wind!

Craig and Simone took a trip in 2017 to research some tours Stateside. This simply re-enforced their belief that it would be cool to experience the wonderful offerings that Hawke's Bay provides in a fun and totally unique fashion.

The name Avantogo, very simply comes from their desire to travel and as they needed transport they required A-Van-To-Go!

As a tour operator we strive to offer the best of the Bay with a touch of individuality. Be it wedding transportation, a birthday treat or special occasion or by choosing one of our tailor made tours. Taste wine and see the sites in something a little more special.

Our other partner, who definitely deserves a mention, is our 12 year old daughter Marjolaine. Her role of chief van washer and occasional guide is vital to the smooth running of the ship. She can also provide a different style of commentary to our younger guests...particularly advice on the best local skateboarding spots.

We look forward to showing you this very special slice of paradise.  

 
WEDDINGS & PRIVATE EVENT HIRE

We understand that your wedding is the most important and potentially stressful day. Let us help with a professional service with the unique VW twist. 

Whether you are looking to treat the guests of honour at a special event or simply want to arrive in style, Avantogo can help.

 
 
WINE, SIGHTSEEING & ART DECO TOUR PACKAGES

MORNING WINE TOUR

9:30am - 1:00pm

$175 per person

Includes:

sightseeing

tasting at three vineyards

specialty food producer

 

Plus winery lunch platter

AFTERNOON WINE TOUR

1:30pm - 5:30pm

$135 per person

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Includes:

 

sightseeing

tasting at three - four vineyards 

Plus winery cheese platter

FULL DAY WINE TOUR

9:30pm - 5:30pm

$245 per person

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Combines morning and afternoon tours

LOCAL SIGHTS & ART DECO TOUR

1 Hour Tour

Exclusive van hire

 

Maximum 6 people

 

$180 per tour

 

Includes:

 

Clive Square

Art Deco points of interest & architecture 

Marine Parade

Bluff Hill scenic lookout

B​ESPOKE HIRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exclusive Van Hire

Maximum 6 people

Price on application

Contact us for options, ideas and our top picks

AFTERNOON BREW TOUR

Visiting 3 of Hawke's Bay's finest local breweries 

Route, times and tour cost by arrangement

CRUISE SHIP TOUR

Docking in Napier this summer? Book directly with us and depart/return the Napier City i-SITE. Look out for the Avantogo stall! 

Our 2019/2020 Summer Tour includes visits to:​

Local Vineyard tasting | Arataki Honey tasting/tour| Te Mata Peak | Local fruit, chocolate and ice cream tasting stops | Ahuriri Fishing Village tour| Napier City Art Deco Highlights 

Duration 3.5 - 4 Hours  |  Tour costs $95 per person

ALL TOURS CAN ACCOMMODATE A MAXIMUM OF 6 GUESTS
WE OFFER A DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE
ALL EXCLUSIVE HIRE TOURS CAN BE ADJUSTED TO SUIT
 
HAWKE'S BAY TOURING
 
ACCOMMODATION
Looking for a special spot to stay before or after your tour?
Out of town guests need a hideaway?
Honeymoon pit stop close to the airport before you jet off overseas? (We'll even drop you off!)
We can help with our peaceful, secluded and petite sea view accommodation.
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MEDIA
Vantastic feature in Indulge Magazine
Hawke's Bay pitched as prime wedding destination
Hawke's bay Tourism has a prenuptial makeover
Top celebrity wedding trends
Volkswagen New Zealand safety campaign cameo
 
CONTACT & SOCIAL
Booking a tour? Let us know where and when and we will advise availability as soon as we can...
Have an enquiry for a wedding, event or special occasion? We'll call you to discuss the details
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