Napier

The attractive sea side City of Napier is located on the eastern coastline of New Zealand at the southern end of Hawkes Bay. The streets are lined with palms and the architecture has been rebuilt in an Art Deco style following the destructive earthquake of 1931. One of the most popular activities in Napier is to take an Art Deco tour of the City. Guided tours are conducted on foot, by coach or traditional vintage car of the bright and colourful buildings that reflect the style of the period. You can also explore Napier at your own pace by following a self guided map.

The Hawkes Bay is known as one of New Zealand’s top wine growing regions and with an excellent choice of holiday lodgings available, Napier is the perfect place to stay. You can take a tour of the Hawkes Bay wineries from Napier by coach or at a more leisurely pace on a self guided cycle tour. The Hawkes Bay landscape is relatively flat and the wineries are clearly marked on the maps and road signs, making finding your way around a breeze. Tandem bikes are available for families and friends and many of the trails incorporate cycle paths so you are not always on the road.

During the summer months outdoor concerts and events are held regularly at wineries like Mission Estate attracting some of the biggest acts in the world. Make sure you check out event dates to include them in your holiday. If you’re looking for somewhere nice to dine, head over to Ahuriri for lunch or dinner overlooking the marina. Ahuriri is full of trendy cafes and restaurants and is just a short 5 minute drive from Napier. There are also a good range of cafes and restaurants to be found on Marine Parade, in the City or at one of the many wineries in the district.

Napier attractions and activities include the Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, The National Aquarium of New Zealand and Te Mata peak which offers panoramic views across the Hawkes Bay and Pacific Ocean. Wander down Marine Parade to visit the Museum, soak in a spa pool overlooking the ocean or stop off at the shops and restaurants along the way. Bikes are available for hire and there are playgrounds, mini golf and a skate park for the kids. Napier and Hawkes Bay activities include horse riding, fishing, white water rafting, golf and hot air ballooning.