Reconstructed in the early 1930s, Napier is an architectural time capsule that features the highest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world. The seaside city is tucked along New Zealand’s east coast and is home to the second largest wine region in the country.
Things to do in Napier
Travel back through time and explore the iconic Art Deco streetscapes of Napier’s city centre. Rebuilt after a massive earthquake, Napier is a beautifully preserved city that showcases the styles of the 1930s, including Stripped Classical, Art Deco and Spanish Mission. Take a guided walk through the area or simply lose yourself among the stylish buildings.
Spend a day under the sun at one of Napier’s famous beaches. Westshore and Ocean Beach are ideal for cooling off with crystal-clear waters and soft white sand, while nearby Waimarama Beach is perfect for surfing and swimming.
Meet like-minded connoisseurs and savour fine wines and cheeses with a tour at the Mission Estate Winery. Take a comprehensive wine tasting course that includes sparkling and handcrafted wines, learn about the process of growing grapes and spend the evening snacking on decadent cuisine while enjoying views of Hawke’s Bay from a private gazebo.
Experience a large and diverse assortment of sea life at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Home to over 100 saltwater and freshwater animals, you can observe exotic deep-sea fish and rich reef specimens, learn more about the kiwi bird, New Zealand’s most precious species, and explore exhibits on alligators, piranhas and penguins.
Getting around Napier
Take State Highway 2 to reach Napier by car or arrive by plane at Hawke’s Bay Airport. Anything within the city of Napier is a short walk away. Public transportation is convenient and provides inner-city access as well as connections to New Zealand’s North Island.