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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.

298 Cheap Hotels Near Pania of the Reef

Shoreline Motel
Shoreline Motel
4.5 out of 5
377 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$174 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"It was a good stay. The receptionist asked 2x if i wanted milk in the same minute lol. Mattress was a bit too soft for me. No eletric blanked but pump heather."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

Shoreline Motel
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$212 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Situated by the ocean, 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 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (905 reviews)
"We loved so much ❤️😍"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$195 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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! (446 reviews)
"Great location for us."

Reviewed on 15 Jul. 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.

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Beach Front Motel Napier
Beach Front Motel Napier
4 out of 5
373 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$130 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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Scenic Hotel Te Pania
Scenic Hotel Te Pania
4 out of 5
45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
The price is NZ$212 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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Shoreline Motel
Shoreline Motel
4.5 out of 5
377 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$174 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Shoreline Motel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
Navigate Seaside Hotel
4 out of 5
50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
The price is NZ$195 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Navigate Seaside Hotel
expressotel
expressotel
3 out of 5
Corner Clive Square and Tennyson Streets, Napier
The price is NZ$139 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
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Art Deco Masonic Hotel
Art Deco Masonic Hotel
4 out of 5
2 Tennyson Street, Napier
The price is NZ$179 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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Quality Inn Napier
Quality Inn Napier
4 out of 5
311 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$147 per night from 12 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Quality Inn Napier
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
4.5 out of 5
176 Dickens Street, Napier
The price is NZ$160 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
Quest Napier Serviced Apartment
Edgewater Motor Lodge
Edgewater Motor Lodge
4 out of 5
359 Marine Parade, Napier
The price is NZ$143 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
Edgewater Motor Lodge
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