Bluff Hill Domain Lookout

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As one of the best vantage points in Napier, this rocky viewpoint has commanding views of the turquoise waters of Hawke’s Bay and the Port of Napier.

Drive up to the Bluff Hill Domain Lookout to see the Port of Napier from above and take in the stunning colors and features of Hawke’s Bay.

When the British explorer Captain Cook sailed by on October 15, 1769, he marked this spot as "Bluff Head" in his logbook, a perfect marker along the Hawke’s Bay coast.

On a clear day, try to spot the Mahia Peninsula and the hills beyond Wairoa to the north and the reflective white cliffs of Cape Kidnappers to the south. Turn around and you will be able to see the towering Ruahine Range to the west.

The peaceful birdsong of fantails, bellbirds and tuis in the little park on the top conceal the fact that the Bluff Hill Domain was once where gunners for the 77 Battery 10 Coast Regiment NZA were stationed. During World War II, this strategically perfect clifftop was chosen as the spot to defend the city from possible attacks. The lookout’s enclosures were built on the concrete remnants of the battery’s two 6-inch gun emplacements. The gunners' barracks were located behind the battery.

The Port of Napier is one of New Zealand’s largest working ports by volume. The docks are always a hive of activity and it’s fascinating to watch the heavy trucks drop off full containers and one of New Zealand’s main export items: forestry harvests. A real highlight in summer is watching cruise ships enter the harbor. From this high point, the massive cruise liners resemble toy ships.

If you plan on visiting the lookout on foot, note that it’s a half-hour walk from Napier city center. Find the path up through Sturm's Gully via its Lighthouse Road entrance to make the most of the shade its tall trees offer. Sturm was a botanist from Austria who started a plant nursery here around 1865. Be prepared to climb up lots of steps before you get to the lookout.

If you are driving, you’re in for some steep roads with hair-pin bends, but it's a short drive and the views are worth the trip. At the top there is ample parking, public toilets and rain shelters.

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Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$144 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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Swiss-Belboutique Napier
5 out of 5
36 Munroe Street, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$178 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and breakfast. Popular attractions Marine Parade and Opossum World are located nearby. ...
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$250 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
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Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$144 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
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Swiss-Belboutique Napier
Swiss-Belboutique Napier
5 out of 5
36 Munroe Street, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$178 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$250 per night from 2 Jul. to 3 Jul.
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Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2 Tennyson Street, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$174 per night from 30 Jul. to 31 Jul.
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Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
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Edgewater Motor Lodge
Edgewater Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$170 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
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Expressotel
Expressotel
3 out of 5
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The price is NZ$147 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
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