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NapierNew Zealand

Admire the art deco architecture, take in the ocean views and enjoy locally produced wines at this charming little port city.

Napier is a city of about 60,000 inhabitants, located on New Zealand’s picturesque Hawke’s Bay. It is home to one of the world’s best assortments of art deco buildings, and it hosts architecture and vintage festivals throughout the year. The city was all but destroyed by an earthquake in 1931, but it was swiftly rebuilt in the style of the times, which left Napier with one of the most attractive streetscapes in the country.

Stroll down the streets in the city center to find some of the major art deco buildings. There are several companies that run tours explaining the evolution of the style and its prominence in Napier. Make sure you check out the Municipal Theatre for one of the best examples. If you’re in town in mid-February, head to the annual Art Deco Weekend Summer Festival, which draws architecture enthusiasts and general visitors alike with picnics and vintage events all around town.

Learn more about local history at the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery. There you’ll find a great collection of art and artifacts from native tribes and pioneer settlers, as well as information on the 1931 earthquake and reconstruction.

One of Napier’s foremost historical sites is Napier Prison, New Zealand’s oldest. Take a guided tour, for a fee, or rent an audio guide. There’s even a spooky night tour for the daring.

For some quiet time, walk down Marine Parade. You’ll see statues, fountains and gardens all along this stretch. There are also cafés and restaurants where you can sit back and gaze out at the Pacific Ocean. Find out what lives beneath the water at the National Aquarium. It houses sharks, stingrays and all kinds of native marine species, such as the seven-armed starfish.

Food and wine lovers will want to visit some of the Hawke’s Bay region wineries, many of which are easily accessible from Napier. These produce some of New Zealand’s finest wines, with tours and tastings available. Be sure to stay for lunch, as locals take good food very seriously.

Napier is a city with great architecture and loads to do. It’s located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is 457 km (286 miles) south of Auckland.

Where to stay in Napier

This cycle/walk way  is VERY near the tidal waterways - or in this case, under it. 

Nice area to walk near the airport, with quite a few birds to be seen.

Westshore

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Beaches, spas, and seafood restaurants highlight some of the notable features of Westshore. Make a stop by Ahuriri Estuary while you're exploring.

Westshore

Top Hotels in Napier

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥9,922 per night

Situated by the ocean, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from War Memorial Conference Center, Ocean Spa, and Pania of the Reef. MTG Hawke's Bay Museum and Marine ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (807 reviews)

"Very clean and tidy and nice views. Great location - walking distance to shops and restaurants. Bed was very comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
The price is ¥9,774 per night

This family-friendly Napier hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Tobacco Company Building, Napier Botanical Gardens, and Pandora Pond. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (376 reviews)

"Fantastic location, super clean and very friendly check in. Wish we could’ve stayed for a week, not just 2 nights!"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Navigate Seaside Hotel
Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is ¥8,163 per night

Situated in Napier, this beach motel is steps from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within 10 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (500 reviews)

"Good shower and comfortable bed. Furniture on balcony rusty and flaking off."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Beach Front Motel Napier

Popular places to visit in Napier

Mission Estate Winery
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Mission Estate Winery

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Leave the city behind for a day to experience idyllic countryside surroundings and sip a range of magnificent wines.

Napier Beach
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Napier Beach

4/5(37 reviews)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Napier Beach during your travels in Napier? Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in this family-friendly area.

Church Road Winery
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Church Road Winery

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Delve into the history of winemaking and indulge in some fine local food and an assortment of delicious reds at this Hawke’s Bay winery.

Marine Parade
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Marine Parade

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Marine Parade during your stay in Napier. Amble around this relaxing area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

National Aquarium of New Zealand
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National Aquarium of New Zealand

3.5/5(9 reviews)

The tanks at this modern aquarium play host to all kinds of underwater life, from cute sea creatures to fearsome marine predators.

Pandora Pond
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Pandora Pond

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Pandora Pond during your travels in Napier. Amble around this romantic area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Napier

Napier Cruise Excursion - City Sights & Hawke's Bay Tour
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Napier Cruise Excursion - City Sights & Hawke's Bay Tour

¥7,663
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Napier Art Deco Self- Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Napier Art Deco Self- Guided Audio Walking Tour

¥1,501
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Scenic and Winery Tour
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Shore Excursion: Scenic and Winery Tour

¥41,798
Per adult
Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour
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Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

¥1,395
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
A Grand Day Out - full day tour of Napier
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A Grand Day Out - full day tour of Napier

¥11,076
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Cruise Shore Excursion of Napier and surrounding countryside
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Cruise Shore Excursion of Napier and surrounding countryside

¥4,348
Per adult

Reviews of Napier

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4/5 - Good

Kathy

Mar 16, 2020

Cool architecture!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 2, 2020

Don’t miss Craggy Range winery and Te Mata peak

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 31, 2020

LOVE Napier!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 9, 2019

friendly people some very good eateries

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Lovely staff at the Art Deco Trust. A teriffic guided tour of historic Napier in a Packard! Lots of cafes and wine stops

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

Napier was awesome and unfortunately I only stayed here two nights. It is an awesome beach town. I love the ocean and how close it was to our hotel. My aunt and I paid for a private tour and that was the highlight of our stay, and out guide was great