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NapierNew Zealand

Tour this small coastal city, which is known for its array of art deco buildings, New Zealand’s oldest prison and high-quality wineries.

The charming town of Napier sits amongst the rolling hills of Hawke’s Bay on New Zealand’s North Island. The city was nearly levelled by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt in an art deco style, gaining one of the largest collections of art deco buildings in the world. Admire the city’s beautiful architecture, discover its intriguing past and explore the surrounding wine region.

Napier’s best example of art deco architecture is the Municipal Theatre in the city centre. Explore its interior, which has a variety of odd-shaped colourful lamps. Take a guided tour through town to learn about the backstories of the buildings and their unique style. Otherwise, visit Napier in February to attend the popular Art Deco Weekend Summer Festival and enjoy picnics and gatherings throughout the city’s modern buildings.

If you would like to learn more about Napier’s fascinating history, visit the city’s museums and historic sites. Napier Prison is the oldest prison in New Zealand. Join a guided tour by night, when the ghosts of past prisoners are said to appear. The Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery feature artefacts from Napier’s first indigenous tribes, plus a large collection of local art.

Walk along Marine Parade. Lining this long promenade are fountain-crowned gardens alongside several miles of beach. Here you will find the National Aquarium of New Zealand, where you can view local marine life, such as stingrays and sharks. After your visit, sit at the terrace of a nearby café and look out over Hawke’s Bay.

The hills around Hawke’s Bay are home to several wineries, which produce some of the most popular wines in the country. Take a tasting tour through the beautiful countryside and enjoy some of the area’s finest vintages.

Located on the southeast coast of the North Island of New Zealand, Napier is about 457 kilometres (286 miles) from Auckland. Explore the rich Napier cityscape and enjoy the delights of Hawke’s Bay.

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
The price is NZ$199 per night from 29 Sep. to 30 Sep.

Situated by the ocean, 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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (823 reviews)

"Good location. Lovely staff. Very comfy beads and restaurant food was delicious."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2020

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
The price is NZ$223 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 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! (386 reviews)

"Loved the spacious room and location excellent clean apartment, would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Navigate Seaside Hotel
Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$152 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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

4.2/5Excellent! (519 reviews)

"The motel was clean and tidy and had everything we needed. The person at reception was very helpful. I loved the spa that was in our room. Room was spacious and did not feel closed in"…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2020

Beach Front Motel Napier

Popular places to visit in Napier

Mission Estate Winery
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Mission Estate Winery

4.5/5(131 reviews)

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

Church Road Winery
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Church Road Winery

4.5/5(80 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.

National Aquarium of New Zealand
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National Aquarium of New Zealand

4/5(127 reviews)

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

Napier Prison
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Napier Prison

4/5(20 reviews)

Enter spooky cells and hear terrifying tales about some of the nation’s most notorious criminals in one of the oldest prisons in New Zealand.

Bluff Hill Domain Lookout
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Bluff Hill Domain Lookout

4.5/5(135 reviews)

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.

Pania of the Reef
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Pania of the Reef

4/5(6 reviews)

Surrounded by tranquil gardens, this elegant life-size statue is symbolic of the city’s coastal location.

Top activities in Napier

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

NZ$110
Per adult
76% 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

NZ$159
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Napier Art Deco Self- Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Napier Art Deco Self- Guided Audio Walking Tour

NZ$21
Per adult
2hour Private Vintage Car Tour of Napier
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2hour Private Vintage Car Tour of Napier

NZ$400
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Best of Napier by Minibus
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Best of Napier by Minibus

NZ$99
Per adult
Art Deco City Vintage Car Tour
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Art Deco City Vintage Car Tour

NZ$265
Per adult

Reviews of Napier

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.289473684210526%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jun. 2020

We love Napier very disappointing we didnt get to go this time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Jun. 2020

Napier is a unique little city rebuilt in totally Art Deco style after the 1931 earthquake.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

26 May 2020

We just stopped overnight on a long journey and didn’t see any more of Napier than the hotel

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Mar. 2020

Love exploring this part of NZ. Nice people and awesome places to visit. Excellent walking and cycling tracks and of course fabulous wine.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

10 Mar. 2020

Excellent location to go to other locations such as Hastings, Havelock North etc.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

9 Mar. 2020

Its getting to be too rough.. too much gang activity.

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