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Napier [1] is a city in Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is famed for its Art Deco architecture.


The 1931 Napier earthquake and a subsequent fire destroyed much of the downtown business area. When this area was rebuilt, it was reconstructed in the prevailing Art Deco style. The demolition rubble was dumped along the eastern foreshore and turned into gardens and a recreational reserve.

The earthquake also raised the land by several metres. The airport and low lying land in the suburb of Pandora was previously an estuary. Some of the streets in the area have retained their original street type names that they had when they were on the coastline. Although the street may be called a quay or a bay it may be inland now.

Get in

By road

  • State Highway 2 passes through the centre of Napier just outside the downtown area.

By plane

  • The Napier Airport is just north of town, beyond Westshore.

Get around


  • Marineland
  • Aquarium
  • Soundshell


Visit the golden sanded southern Hawkes Bay beaches. Waimarama and Ocean Beach are located approximately 30min south of Napier by car and are local retreats in the summer months. These long sandy beaches cater for surfing, fishing, and long walks to check out the native habitat. Cape Kidnappers is at the southern tip of Hawke Bay where you will find a colony of Ganets. These Ganets migrate seasonally and are popular with tourists during the season. You can jump on a trailer towed by tractors to reach the Cape, run by a local business out of the small community called Te Awanga.

Food and Wine Tours [2]

Meet like- minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke's Bay's fantastic wines. Taste great wines made with passion and learn of the areas unique growing conditions. Cheese boards are provided on all tours. Take home great tasting wines and memories.

Depart Napier 1pm – Return 5pm

Visit 4 – 5 local wineries Tour Includes Taste Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and much more Some of New Zealand's finest cheeses matched with wine Walk amongst the vines and learn about Terroir Winery tour can be arranged if requested when booking We like to keep our tours as flexible as possible and always set time aside for people wanting to take time for a winery lunch. We start half an hour earlier if lunch is requested. “Highly recommended”





Accommodation is abundant in Napier and the surrounding area and ranges from luxury to budget; hotels, self-catering apartments, motels and lodges (some with restaurants), homestay; holiday parks and motor camps with self-catering units, budget cabins and campsites. There is also a beachfront youth hostel for backpackers. Families and groups welcome at most establishments; seasonal and group discounts may apply. [3]

Get out

The city of Hastings is close by. Taupo is a two hour drive away, and Napier is Hawkes Bays gateway to the central and northern North Island

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