Napier

Travel Guide
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.

Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$154 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Napier South, this beach motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (606 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and went above normal by offering us an additional room as the heater didn't work in the first room. They said we could use both rooms which made our stay so much easier as we already had unpacked, which is hard with a toddler anyway :-)"

Reviewed on 4 Oct. 2021

Beach Front Motel Napier
Edgewater Motor Lodge
Edgewater Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$159 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (757 reviews)
"Opposite beach on Marine Parade. Sofas - material fine but they need to have new filling in cushions! Very uncomfortable. Person/staff checking us in did not give us unit number. Had to ask 3 times what actual unit number was!"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2021

Edgewater Motor Lodge
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
The price is NZ$200 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
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 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (925 reviews)
"Excellent views, great location"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
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Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
4 out of 5
10 Gill Road, Bayview, Napier
The price is NZ$127 per night from 20 Nov. to 20 Nov.
Nestled on the beach, this Bay View campsite is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ahuriri Estuary, Pandora Pond and National Tobacco Company Building. Napier Beach and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (197 reviews)
"Great quiet place to stay, extremely close to beach with everything you need in well appointed cabins. Great staff! The kids loved it - fantastic playground."

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$141 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,594 reviews)
"Loved the spa in the room. Restaurant was below par though."

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2021

The Nautilus Napier
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
4.5 out of 5
176 Dickens Street, Napier
The price is NZ$170 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
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 ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (727 reviews)
"comfy beds - good amenities - cleanliness"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2021

Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
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