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Napier
Travel Guide

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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.

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
The price is CA $160 per night from May 17 to May 17
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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (874 reviews)
"The ladies that served us at breakfast and the breakfast was amazing!! Very special service and fantastic breakfast. I didn’t like that there were no snacks and drinks to purchase in the room."

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
4 out of 5
2 Tennyson Street, Napier
The price is CA $137 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 9
Located in the heart of Napier, this hotel is steps from MTG Hawke's Bay Museum, Marine Parade, and Napier Soundshell. Napier Beach and Napier Visitor Information ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (619 reviews)
"Love room , cleanliness, staff and location when staying here in Napier"

Reviewed on Apr. 29, 2021

Art Deco Masonic Hotel
The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is CA $116 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
Situated near the beach in Napier, this aparthotel is close to Marine Parade, Nelson Park and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Also nearby are Opossum World ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,563 reviews)
"It was within easy walking distance of the venue we were going to The suite was very clean and tidy except for lots of tiny black ants in the kitchen"

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

The Nautilus Napier
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Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
4 out of 5
10 Gill Road, Bayview, Napier
The price is CA $75 per night from May 31 to May 31
Nestled on the beach, this Napier campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ahuriri Estuary, Pandora Pond, and National Tobacco Company Building. Napier Beach and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (192 reviews)
"Only downside is that it is next to the railway tracks and in the flight path, rest was good"

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
The Farmhouse at Mission Estate
The Farmhouse at Mission Estate
4 out of 5
198 Church Road, Napier
Situated near the airport, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church Road Winery and Mission Estate Winery. Park Island Sports Complex and Pettigrew Green ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"The Farmhouse was a nice property located on the Mission Esate Vineyard. We were made to feel very welcome by the Estate crew. The Farmhouse was neat and tidy. I would recommend the Farmhouse for anyone staying in the area. The Mission Estate restaurant and cellar door were excellent"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

The Farmhouse at Mission Estate
Ahuriri Beach Front With Stunning sea Views
Ahuriri Beach Front With Stunning sea Views
Napier, Hawke's Bay Region
This family-friendly Napier vacation home is located on the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Tobacco Company Building and Pandora Pond. Marine Parade and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Great waterfront location..near to eateries and shops
"Communication with owner was easy and smooth, even after a glitch with dates. Easily sorted thanks Adrian Bach had everything u needed for a comfortable stay. Great deep bath, amazing views from lounge. And restaurants and lovely shops 5 min walk. Urban winery was a great find too. As was the gin ..."

Reviewed on May 11, 2021

Ahuriri Beach Front With Stunning sea Views
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Feb 12, 2020

A lovely city, steeped in Art Deco designs. My return trip was just as good. Many great gift shops and eateries to enjoy and get a feel for the 1930s.

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Nov 15, 2019

Lovely sleepy town. Needed a week here but we were just passing through.

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Oct 23, 2019

Really nice stop. Liked the parade walkway and restaurant row on the west side. The Westshore beach inn pub was excellent

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Oct 8, 2019

Beautiful town. Our favourite so far in driving both islands.

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Feb 16, 2019

We loved Napier. So much to do. The boardwalk along the ocean is fantastic. So many great restaurants, beaches, bike paths. Very clean. Friendly people.

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Feb 16, 2019

Wonderfully walkable. Beautiful walk along the ocean. Interesting Art Deco town

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