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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
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$142 per night

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. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (372 reviews)

"The cleanliness of the room and space! Was perfect! Loved the Seaview esp with my favourite chicken shack across the road!"…"

Reviewed on 12 May 2020

Navigate Seaside Hotel
Shoreline Motel
Shoreline Motel
4.5 out of 5
377 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$119 per night

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! (1,076 reviews)

"Despite being on a busy road property very quiet. Staff friendly and helpful. Great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Shoreline Motel
Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$148 per night

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! (495 reviews)

"Check in was prompt. Property is in a good location. Only one room light was in working order. This made it a bit difficult to shave in the morning. Reported to management for correction."…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar. 2020

Beach Front Motel Napier

Popular places to visit in Napier

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.

Mission Estate Winery
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Mission Estate Winery

4.5/5(130 reviews)

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

National Aquarium of New Zealand
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National Aquarium of New Zealand

4/5(124 reviews)

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

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

76% of travellers recommend
NZ$110
Per adult
2hour Private Vintage Car Tour of Napier
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2hour Private Vintage Car Tour of Napier

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$400
Per adult
Shore Excursion: Scenic and Winery Tour
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Shore Excursion: Scenic and Winery Tour

NZ$600
Per adult
Napier Earthquake Self Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Napier Earthquake Self Guided Audio Walking Tour

NZ$23
Per adult
Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour
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Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$21
Per adult
Vintage Car Sightseeing Tour
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Vintage Car Sightseeing Tour

NZ$395
Per adult

Reviews of Napier

4.5

Top Destination

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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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Weather was fantastic for 2 out of the 3 days we visited and down town atmosphere was unique and enjoyable.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Great place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Mar. 2020

Lovely place