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.

Known for

Dining, Beaches and Romantic

Top hotels in Napier

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
NZ$143
per night
24 Oct. - 25 Oct.

Situated in Napier, this beach motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Bluff Hill Domain Lookout are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (383 reviews)

"the upstairs unit was clean, spacious and quiet. perfect!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2019

Beach Front Motel Napier
Shoreline Motel
Shoreline Motel
4.5 out of 5
377 Marine Parade, Napier
NZ$154
per night
12 Nov. - 13 Nov.

Offering direct access to the beach, this Napier motel is in the city centre, steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"Amazing view ,the staffs were really kind and friendly . Such a nice place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 5 Oct. 2019

Shoreline Motel
The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
NZ$139
per night
28 Oct. - 29 Oct.

Situated near the beach in Napier, this aparthotel is close to Marine Parade, Nelson Park and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Also nearby are Napier Beach ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,490 reviews)

"Great location, next to beach and fish & chip shop next door!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2019

The Nautilus Napier

Popular activities in Napier

National Aquarium of New Zealand
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National Aquarium of New Zealand

4/5(84 reviews)

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

Bluff Hill Domain Lookout
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Bluff Hill Domain Lookout

4.5/5(105 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.

Church Road Winery
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Church Road Winery

4.5/5(63 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.

Mission Estate Winery
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Mission Estate Winery

4.5/5(83 reviews)

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

National Tobacco Company Building
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National Tobacco Company Building

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Admire this stunning pastel-coloured building, which combines art deco architecture with lavish art nouveau details.

Napier Prison
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Napier Prison

4/5(14 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.

Top activities in Napier

Napier Art Deco Self- Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Napier Art Deco Self- Guided Audio Walking Tour

NZ$22

Step back into the 1930s in lovely, seaside Napier, exploring at your own pace as you follow the lead of a handy and informative audio-guide. Download your tour in advance, print out your maps, and then hit the streets to scope out the town's Art Deco atmosphere and architecture.

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

NZ$110

The tour highlights will include various locations around Hawkes Bay, (Napier and Hastings Cities and beyond) you will hear the very unique story of the region from the early settlement to the 1931 earthquake, through to today’s Art Deco Cities.

2hour Private Vintage Car Tour of Napier
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2hour Private Vintage Car Tour of Napier

NZ$100

Unlock the charms of Napier, the North Island city lauded for its striking Art Deco architecture, flourishing fruit orchards, and world-class vineyards. Your chauffeur driven tour can take you to the magnificent Vintage Car Showroom, or if you prefer you can visit two of the region's top wineries.

A Grand Day Out - full day tour of Napier
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A Grand Day Out - full day tour of Napier

NZ$150

Cruise Napier's world-famous Art Deco City as we share with you the tragic story of destruction by earthquake in 1931 and subsequent rebuild of the city as the Art Deco Capital of the world Visit Bluff Hill Lookout spectacular views (weather & traffi

Art Deco City Vintage Car Tour
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Art Deco City Vintage Car Tour

NZ$88

Don't just take a tour of Napier - make it an experience to remember as you cruise the city streets in one of our period vintage and classic cars! This 90-minute tour of the city takes in all the Art Deco buildings you would expect to see, plus great sightseeing from the Bluff Hill Lookout, the historic fishing village of Ahuriri including the famous National Tobacco Company building and the Art Deco homes at Marewa.

Vintage Car Sightseeing Tour (2 or 3 hours)
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Vintage Car Sightseeing Tour (2 or 3 hours)

NZ$112

Don't settle for a simple tour of Napier and the surrounding areas when you could enjoy an experience to remember in a stunning vintage or classic car. From the Art Deco City to the stunning scenery and world-class wine tastings … we customize every tour to your interests.

Reviews of Napier

4.5

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

20 Oct. 2019

Nice place to visit with some lovely odd houses

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

18 Oct. 2019

Sadly I was there as a storm was blowing through but I could see how charming Napier is and the Art Deco nature of the town is fantastic.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

13 Oct. 2019

Plenty of good walking areas

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

12 Oct. 2019

Friendly and easy to get around

5/5 - Excellent

Jane

11 Oct. 2019

Beautiful city.

5/5 - Excellent

DHLove

10 Oct. 2019

Really enjoy going back to Napier. It is an easy city to walk or cycle around. Everything is really close. People are friendly. Lots to do and see. Heaps of good food and coffee places! (Especially the Farmers market on Saturdays in Clive square.)