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
tasting at three vineyards
specialty food producer
Plus winery lunch platter
AFTERNOON WINE TOUR
1:30pm - 5:30pm
$135 per person
tasting at three - four vineyards
Plus winery cheese platter
FULL DAY WINE TOUR
9:30pm - 5:30pm
$245 per person
Combines morning and afternoon tours
LOCAL SIGHTS & ART DECO TOUR
1 Hour Tour
Exclusive van hire
Maximum 6 people
$180 per tour
Art Deco points of interest & architecture
Bluff Hill scenic lookout
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