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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Napier [1] is a city in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is famed for its Art Deco architecture.


The 1931 Napier earthquake and a subsequent fire destroyed much of the downtown business area. When this area was rebuilt, it was reconstructed in the prevailing Art Deco style. Now it is the Art Deco capital of the world. The demolition rubble was dumped along the eastern foreshore and turned into gardens and a recreational reserve.

The earthquake also raised the land by several metres. The airport and low lying land in the suburb of Pandora was previously an estuary. Some of the streets in the area have retained the names they had when they were on the coastline - streets called a quay or a bay may be inland now.

  • State Highway 2 passes through the centre of Napier just outside the downtown area.
  • There are several regular bus services from other cities.
  • Hawke's Bay Airport is just north of town, beyond Westshore.

Get around

Taxis are relatively inexpensive and can take you anywhere, anytime. The public transport system however can be a little confusing and unreliable. A new company recently took over the bus service and routes will likely be subject to change.

  • National Aquarium of New Zealand, 546 Marine Parade, Napier, [2]. The National Aquarium has a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous Oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment. There are sharks, stingray and hundreds of fish species, many of them representative of the catches from along the East Coast. There are eels, trout, sea horse, turtles, octopus, tropical marine fish, kiwi, tuatara, water dragons, native frogs and crocodile also on display.
  • Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery
  • Soundshell
  • (Marineland is now closed to the public.)


Throughout Napier there are plenty of activities for the whole family. For a comprehensive guide on what activities are available visit the local information centre on the Marine Parade. There you will find maps, travel guides and directions and can book tours and transport.

  • Art Deco tour, [3]. Take a guided tour or buy a booklet at the Information Centre and give yourself a self-guided tour. Even a few blocks will take you past many of the most significant buildings that exemplify the style.
  • Kiwi Adventure Co, 58 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier, +64 6 834 3500, [4]. Spectacular indoor climbing wall. Good value for money indoor activity for the whole family. All day climbing pass: Adults - $15, children under 12 years - $12, under 6 years - $6.  edit
  • Taradale Skateboard Bowl, Guppy Road, Taradale, is a fantastic skateboarding park. Built in the late seventies, it is the pinnacle of 70's skateboard style, the amazing wave form makes it totally radical to "Burt Slide". Visitors may even enjoy having a few beers at the Bowl on any given Saturday to "hang" with the local enthusiastic youths.
  • The golden sanded southern Hawke's Bay beaches of Waimarama and Ocean Beach are located approximately 30min south of Napier by car and are local retreats in the summer months. These long sandy beaches cater for surfing, fishing, and long walks to check out the native habitat.
  • Cape Kidnappers is at the southern tip of Hawke Bay where you will find a colony of Gannets. These Gannets migrate seasonally and are popular with tourists during the season. You can jump on a trailer towed by tractors to reach the Cape, run by a local business out of the small community of Te Awanga. Bookings and information about these tours are available from the information centre.
  • Food and wine tours. Meet like-minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke's Bay's wines. Taste great wines and learn of the area's unique growing conditions. Cheese boards are provided on all tours. Take home great tasting wines and memories. [5] Depart Napier 1PM, return 5PM. Visit 4 or 5 local wineries. Tour includes tasting Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and much more. Some of New Zealand's finest cheeses matched with wine. Walk amongst the vines and learn about Terroir. Winery tour can be arranged if requested when booking. We like to keep our tours as flexible as possible and always set time aside for people wanting to take time for a winery lunch. We start half an hour earlier if lunch is requested.
  • Indonesia Restaurant, 409 Marine Parade, +64 (6) 835 8303 (), [6].  edit
  • The Duke of Gloucester, 389 Gloucester Street, Taradale, +6468358815. M-Su Lunch 12.00-2.00 Dinner 5.30 - 9.00. The restaurant's innovative menu utilises the best fresh meat, seafood and produce available which are in season. Starting from $6.  edit


Accommodation is abundant in Napier and the surrounding area and ranges from luxury to budget; hotels, self-catering apartments, motels and lodges (some with restaurants), homestay; holiday parks and motor camps with self-catering units, budget cabins and campsites. There is also a beachfront youth hostel for backpackers. Families and groups welcome at most establishments; seasonal and group discounts may apply.

It pays to ring and book in advance for several places due to regional events like Art Deco weekend. Such events are very popular and accommodation can be scarce during these events.

Just north of Napier past the airport is the Esk Valley. This is an area that is now mainly orchard, vineyards and a lavender farm. The area is peaceful but only 10 minutes from the bars and restaurants of Napier. It provides a good place to stay for those who want to experience New Zealand country life or stay on a vineyard. There are numerous accommodation options including Esk Valley Lodge which is a renovated house of character formed from one of the original homesteads in the valley.

Get out

The city of Hastings is close by. Taupo is a two hour drive away, and Napier is Hawke's Bay's gateway to the central and northern North Island

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

NAPIER, a seaport on the east coast of North Island, New Zealand, capital of the provincial district of Hawke's Bay, 200 m. by rail N.E. of Wellington. Pop. (1906) 9454. The main portion of the town stretches along the flat shoreland of Hawke's Bay, while the suburbs extend over the hills to the north. The site consists of a picturesque peninsula known as Scinde Island. The harbour (Port Ahuriri) is sheltered by a breakwater. The cathedral church of St John (1888) for the bishopric of Waiapu, is one of the finest ecclesiastical buildings in New Zealand, imitating the Early English style in brick. An athenaeum, a small hospital, a lunatic asylum, a philosophical society and an acclimatization society are among the public institutions. The town (named after Sir Charles James Napier) is under municipal government, and returns a member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The district is agricultural, and large quantities of wool and tinned and frozen meats are exported. 'There is railway communication with Wellington, New Plymouth, and the Wairarapa, Wanganui and Manawatu districts. Numerous old native pas or fortified villages are seen in the neighbourhood.

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  1. A Scottish occupational surname for someone who sold table linen, or was in charge of the linen of a great house.
  2. John Napier, Scottish mathematician etc
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. Any of several cities and towns, but especially Napier, New Zealand.

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