The Prinsy’s Tours Team
We pride ourselves on having an exceptional, passionate team who work together and share new learnings so that everyone delivers a first-rate experience. Our team truly are our greatest asset. Each team member adds their own flavour, but the essence and quality remains the same.
Regardless of who guides your tour this time around, you’ll be sure to learn our mantra: “The only good wine is the one you like!”.
Hamish, Ian, Kerry and Rob hard at work!
Di is the camp mother and coordinator behind the Prinsy’s experience, scheduling tour bookings, keeping everyone in line and making sure they’re all dressed for the occasion. Cruise ship guests who visit the Prinsy’s homestead and gardens on their excursion are treated to the fruits of her labour – turning fresh produce from the orchard or fields into tasty morsels, using the recipes she’s gathered and adapted over the years in the farm kitchen.
Like a Viognier – arguably the mother of all wines – Di is well rounded, balanced and one only needs to stroll the Prinsy’s garden to appreciate her bouquet.
On a sunny day in October 2003, after an eventful rural hunting and fishing tour, our German guests had the insightful thirst for a drop of wine at the end of the day. “What a good idea!”.
So gradually a winery stop was introduced into the Prinsy’s Rural Experience, then one winery became two, then three made a decent half day wine tour…
Next thing, some other clever guests said “Oh, why don’t we make a day of it include lunch!”. The full day wine tour was born.
It’s fair to say the transport has come a long way as well. Originally the air conditioning in the first Prinsy’s van was ‘window operated’, there were bench seats with no headrests… a classic rural experience.
Our next van was luxury – it even had carpet, over the shoulder seat belts and real air con!
These days the Prinsy’s fleet has risen to meet the desires of our discerning guests on exclusive tours and transfers, as expectations for quality have risen and travellers become more sophisticated, with a mix of quality vans and luxury European SUVs.
From being super excited when our first wine tour booking came through the phone line, to today being across numerous booking platforms, we’re thoroughly enjoying the ride. Following steady growth, the essence of Prinsy’s Tours remains ever humble, and committed to quality, bespoke small group tours and transfers that exceed our guests’ expectations.
In 2017 & 2018 we were delighted to win the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Visitor Experience Award (in the small business category), be runners up for the Supreme Award and in 2018 we were also runner up for the Essence of Hawke’s Bay Award. It’s fair to say we are excited for the future.
From humble family beginnings...
...we listened and built on the experience...
...to get to where we are today.
We Love Hawke’s Bay
There’s no other region in the country that has the tempered climate and sunshine hours Hawke’s Bay experiences, the variance in soil structures in one area, and the life-giving aquifer that feeds our region from under the earth.
As a tourism operator we believe the local industry succeeds with the ‘One team, one dream, Hawke’s Bay’ attitude. We love supporting other operators and community groups – we’re full of recommendations on other places you can enjoy when you’re here so be sure to ask!
Every day we believe we’re awfully lucky to live in Hawke’s Bay – where else can you drive in or fly through and you can see everything growing in abundance - apples, stone-fruit, kiwifruit, veggies – the richness of produce can be seen everywhere year round.
Committed to Sustainability
One of the things we are often asking ourselves is “what more can we be doing for the sustainability of our industry and its impact on the environment”?
Through the Tourism Industry Aotearoa we have joined the initiative to drive every tourism business in New Zealand to be sustainable by 2025, and Prinsy’s Tours is committed to living by this every day.
The 14 Tourism Sustainability Commitments are split into four key areas:
1. Economic – achieving economically sustainable tourism
2. Visitor – achieving visitor sustainability
3. Host Community – achieving sustainable host communities
4. Environment – achieving environmentally sustainable tourism
We have a genuine belief that our industry can help to shape a sustainable future for New Zealand, allowing our industry, people and environment to thrive. Naturally this will pay off because it means we can continue to do what we love – showing our beautiful country off to the rest of the world.
Some of the small environmental efforts we make every day include:
* Joining in on tree planting days to repopulate our region with native flora and fauna
* Keeping our vehicles well serviced to ensure their efficient running
* When hosting cruise ship groups at our homestead we have a zero plastic philosophy and compost all food scraps
* No single use crockery or utensils are ever used on a Prinsy’s tour
* Following and sharing the Tiaki Promise to care for New Zealand’s people and place (include link to https://tiakinewzealand.com/)
We invite you to join us on a wine tour, rural tour or something more exclusive and hear our first-hand stories about our environment and vibrant region. As well as exceeding guests’ expectations, we pride ourselves on leaving only footprints.
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