Pania of the Reef

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Pania of the Reef

Surrounded by tranquil gardens, this elegant life-size statue is symbolic of the city’s coastal location.

Admire the fine detail and bronze finish of the Pania of the Reef statue. Stroll through the pretty gardens around the statue and gaze out across the vast blue Pacific Ocean from where the mystical mermaid depicted by the statue is said to have once came.

One of Napier’s most iconic sights and a superb complement to the art deco architecture of the city’s seafront, the Pania of the Reef statue was presented to the city in 1954 by the local Thirty Thousand Club, a group of volunteers who worked to raise the population of the town to 30,000. The statue is based on a character from an old Maori legend that tells of a mermaid who, caught between the aquatic life and a romance with a human tribe leader, was transformed into a reef. The bronze was actually cast by an Italian company with the face based on that of a 15 year old girl from a nearby school.

Look closely at the resting mermaid and notice how she is depicted in her fully human form. From her waist, a flowing skirt melts into a textured rock that sits on a base of limestone, and jewellery hangs from her neck. Read the small plaque, which has more information about the famous legend.

Wander through the surrounding Marine Parade Gardens and enjoy the picturesque vistas. To the east, Hawke’s Bay sprawls out dramatically while the gardens themselves contain tall trees, grassy lawns and beds of bright flowers. Amble along the winding waterfront path for the best views of this idyllic area.

The Pania of the Reef statue in Marine Parade Gardens is located on the northeastern side of Napier. The statue is right next to the impressive Tom Parke Fountain. Parking is available along the front of the gardens. Entrance to the gardens is free.

301 Cheap Hotels Near Pania of the Reef

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! (756 reviews)
"I didn’t like the wifi dropping out"

Reviewed on 11 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
Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$206 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 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
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The Nautilus Napier
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4 out of 5
387 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$141 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$159 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
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4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
The price is NZ$200 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
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4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$206 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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Art Deco Masonic Hotel
4.5 out of 5
2 Tennyson Street, Napier
The price is NZ$179 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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Quality Inn Napier
Quality Inn Napier
3 out of 5
311 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$153 per night from 24 Nov. to 24 Nov.
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5 out of 5
101 Marine Parade, (cnr of Emerson St), Napier
The price is NZ$194 per night from 25 Oct. to 25 Oct.
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3 out of 5
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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.
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