Napier

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Napier featuring a sunset and a square or plaza

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.

Where to stay in Napier

Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$154 per night from 8 Jun. to 9 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star beach motel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (651 reviews)
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Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2022

Beach Front Motel Napier
Pebble Beach Motor Inn
Pebble Beach Motor Inn
4.5 out of 5
445 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$189 per night from 8 Jun. to 9 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star beach motel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and indoor private hot tubs. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (402 reviews)
"Staff were great, very helpful. Beautiful motel to stay at, lots of space, great views from the top floor. Lift was a bit slow. Our room had lots of space. I thought I’d booked a 2brm unit but the king bed was in living room with large spa bath. Then there was a separate smaller room with 2 single ..."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Pebble Beach Motor Inn
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$199 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (488 reviews)
"The location is great. The layout of the room is good, comfortable beds. The decor is quite tired inside the rooms and lobby areas. Overall good, we would probably stay again."

Reviewed on 26 Apr. 2022

Navigate Seaside Hotel
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The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$171 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,623 reviews)
"Loved the Nautilus beautiful, fantastic view from our balcony, good amenities, loved the spa bath. Improvements could be a lift for people to third floor, stairs are difficult for some and movies basic sky is underwhelming. But I know times have been tough. We would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

The Nautilus Napier
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
4.5 out of 5
176 Dickens Street, Napier, 4110
The price is NZ$185 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness centre and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (737 reviews)
"It was right in the center of town, easy walk to everything. The bed was soft and if your partner moved even a finger, it felt as if you were being bounced off. Not great for a nights sleep."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
The Farmhouse at Mission Estate
The Farmhouse at Mission Estate
4 out of 5
198 Church Road, Napier, 4112
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly cottage in Napier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an on-site winery. Our guests praise the restaurant and the comfy ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (62 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 27 Sep. 2020

The Farmhouse at Mission Estate
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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