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Napier
Travel Guide

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

Quality Inn Napier
Quality Inn Napier
4 out of 5
311 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$170 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

Located in the heart of Napier, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Marine Parade, Napier Beach and Opossum World. Napier Visitor Information Centre and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (855 reviews)

"Great location, parking got a bit full and had to park on the street a couple of times though. Great staff on reception, very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2021

Quality Inn Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$188 per night from 4 Mar. to 5 Mar.

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! (559 reviews)

"Lovely spacious room. We went for the one bedroom and enjoyed sitting on the balcony enjoying the ocean views. Handy for everything, walking distance."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Beach Front Motel Napier
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
The price is NZ$255 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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! (410 reviews)

"The room was clean, accommodated our family of 5. Close to playground and beach."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2021

Navigate Seaside Hotel
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.

Holiday Rentals in Napier

Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
4.5 out of 5
176 Dickens Street, Napier
The price is NZ$185 per night from 13 Mar. to 14 Mar.

Located in the heart of Napier, this luxury apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Municipal Theatre and Opossum World. Marine Parade and Napier Visitor ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (731 reviews)

"Lovely, fully modernised room in a character building. Very clean, comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen space. Great location and quiet overnight even if in the center of the town. We also found the accommodation to be of very good value. Would stay again!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2021

Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
The Nautilus Napier
The Nautilus Napier
4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$152 per night from 14 Mar. to 15 Mar.

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,592 reviews)

"My room was on the top floor which was great for the view from the balcony looking over the ocean, however there is no elevator. The spa bath in the room was great."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2021

The Nautilus Napier
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$92 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

Nestled on the beach, this Napier campsite is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ahuriri Estuary, Pandora Pond and National Tobacco Company Building. Napier Beach and Centennial ...

4.1/5Very Good! (188 reviews)

"Nice place to stay. Great cabins. Close to town. Lovely owners"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2021

Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels
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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Reviews of Napier

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7 Jun. 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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1 Jun. 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

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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

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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

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10 Mar. 2020

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

3/5 - Okay

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9 Mar. 2020

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

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