Napier

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Napier featuring a sunset and a square or plaza

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 centre 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 artefacts 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.

Edgewater Motor Lodge
Edgewater Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is AU$146 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Napier South motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum ...
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
The price is AU$212 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
Located in Napier South, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from War Memorial Conference Center, Ocean Spa and Pania of the Reef. MTG Hawke's Bay Museum and ...
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Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
The price is AU$188 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (457 reviews)
"Great location, family friendly"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 2021

Navigate Seaside Hotel
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The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is AU$127 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
This aparthotel is located in Napier (Napier South), close to the beach, Marine Parade, Nelson Park and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Also nearby are Opossum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,588 reviews)
"Love the new large TVs. Watching our Netflix was a bonus. Awesome TV reception as well"

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Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
4.5 out of 5
176 Dickens Street, Napier
The price is AU$164 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Napier South, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Theatre and Opossum World. Marine Parade and Napier Soundshell ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (724 reviews)
"comfy beds - good amenities - cleanliness"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2021

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Awesome Ahuriri Apartment
Awesome Ahuriri Apartment
1 Lever Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay Region
Located in Ahuriri, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of National Tobacco Company Building and Pandora Pond. Ahuriri Estuary and Napier Botanical ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Absolutely stunning
"Had an amazing stay here, the property was immaculate, and just as listed. Great facilities, and so close to near by cafes restaurants and bars. The host was fantastic at communicating making the whole experience a breeze."

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2021

Awesome Ahuriri Apartment
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