Link Hawke’s Bay is owned and operated by Merv and Richelle Hapi Smith.
Merv purchased the business in 2016 as an opportunity for him to fulfil his long time passion of working within the tourism industry. Merv is married with two adult sons and is of Maori ethnicity. He has lived in Napier for his entire life and is well versed in the districts history and culture. He is very knowledgeable in Tikanga Maori and Te Reo Maori and is happy to provide that extra experience for tourists in terms of sharing his cultural knowledge. Merv operates three vehicles, which includes a 6 seater Mercedes R-class station wagon, a 7 seater SUV and a late model 12 seater van. He also has a purpose built luggage trailer for the larger groups with extra bags and golf clubs.
In the time Merv has been operating, he reports some of his most memorable occasions have been the transferring of high profile visitors and celebrities from within New Zealand and from overseas! He would love to say who they are but then he would have to kill you!
Merv loves his job, although he considers it more of a privilege then a job. He loves to meet people and to share the experiences of each others culture and countries. Merv is truly a people person and has a great sense of humour so you are guaranteed of having a laugh or two during your drive. Getting you safely to your final destination in comfort is his priority but as an added bonus, he will point out some of the many beautiful and interesting sights along the way and if you are visiting Napier, he will throw in a complimentary drive through tour of Napier city. Takes about 5 minutes.
So whether it is a transfer between accommodations, a private tour, a pick or drop off for a round of golf, a leisurely winery lunch, or an event Merv is looking forward to meeting you!
Award-winning food and wine, outstanding architecture, and warm balmy days surrounded by magnificent landscapes – Hawke’s Bay is pure paradise.