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Tractor Tours, Cape Kidnappers. Napier Coucil
Tractor Tours, Cape Kidnappers. Napier Coucil
Quad Biking at Cape Kidnappers. Napier Coucil
Quad Biking at Cape Kidnappers. Napier Coucil
Hangliding Over Hawke's Bay. Chris McLennan
Hangliding Over Hawke's Bay. Chris McLennan
Art Deco Weekend. Chris McLennan, Tourism NZ
Art Deco Weekend. Chris McLennan, Tourism NZ
Magnificent Sunset in Napier, New Zealand
Magnificent Sunset in Napier, New Zealand
Beachside Streetview in Napier, New Zealand
Beachside Streetview in Napier, New Zealand
Church Road Winery. Photo by Chris McLennan
Church Road Winery. Photo by Chris McLennan
Hooters Hire outside Old Tobacco Building
Hooters Hire outside Old Tobacco Building

Napier Information

Napier is a historically significant city on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Situated 320 kilometres northeast of New Zealand’s Capital, Wellington the metropolitan area covers not one, but two cities sometimes known as the ‘Twin Cities’. Napier is the least populated with just over 58,600 people, its inland sister, Hastings is slightly larger with 64,000 people. Even so, Napier’s proximity to the bay and its Seaport and Airport alluded to it being the major city of the two.

This popular tourist destination at the heart of Hawkes Bay is set in a magical location. With rolling hills as a back drop, fronted by Fruit Orchards and Vineyards and the glorious shores of the South Pacific as its front door, Napier’s scenery is nothing short of spectacular.

The largest industry in the area is tourism with thousands flocking to the region to view the diverse and unique architecture that has earned Napier the title of the ‘Art Deco City’. After the 1931 Earthquake levelled the area, the city was reborn and rebuilt using features from the Art Deco structures of post 1920’s Europe as its inspiration. With Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission styles adding to the Art Deco theme, Napier is unique throughout the world for such a concentration of Art Deco Architecture.

One of the main attractions in Napier is the statue, ‘Pania of the Reef’ situated on Marine Parade and one of the most photographed landmarks in the country. Other attractions include festivals and events such as the annual Wine and Food Festival and the Mission Concert in nearby Taradale.

For those looking for a little more to do than merely gaze at amazing architecture, there are Theme Parks, Gardens, Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos, Fishing, Mountain Biking and Cycling, Boating, Scenic Flights, Day Spas and a host of other activities that will have you booking your return holiday before you finish your first one.

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1930s Architecture in Napier. Photo Chris McLennan, Tourism New Zealand
1930s Architecture in Napier. Photo Chris McLennan, Tourism New Zealand
City View of Napier From Bluff Hill. Photo Taken by Robyn Gallagher
City View of Napier From Bluff Hill. Photo Taken by Robyn Gallagher