Be mesmerized by Napier, the city by the sea, which is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture. Stay in one of our Napier hotels and enjoy the warm Mediterranean climate with over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year. This popular North Island destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendour of the Art Deco buildings, stately Norfolk pines, surrounding wineries, local fresh produce and national tourist attractions.
Napier’s love for Art Deco has led it to establish the Art Deco Trust, which holds tours and walks around town as well as the spectacular Art Deco Weekend held every February. Thousands of visitors from all over the world visit Napier during this time to see hundreds of 1920s and 1930s cars, outdoor concerts and dinner dance extravaganzas.
Of course, you can have fun in Napier during the rest of the year too. Avisit to the attractions of Marine Parade, overlooks the Pacific Ocean and out towards Cape Kidnappers, is a must. Marine Parade is the home to the world’s largest mainland gannet colony. You can use up a full day visiting Ocean Spa hot pools and swimming complex, the Hawkes Bay Museum, the National Aquarium of New Zealand, or geting splashed by the dolphins and seals at Marineland.
Also be sure to visit Bluff Hill, a local landmark. Bluff Hill is home to many Napier residents and provides views of the town beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore, and past the newly upgraded airport and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand’s busiest ports, transporting timber, local fruit and meat products to worldwide destinations.
There are many great shopping opportunities in Napier as well. There are antique shops, art galleries, and studios of potters, wood turners and craftsman. After a long day taking in the sights, revitalize yourself by sampling some of Hawke’s Bay’s award winning wines and delicious produce from one of the many restaurant and winery menus.
Get into this gorgeous region with one of our cheap flights to Napier, or take an easy two hour drive from Taupo. No matter what you want to do, we’ve got a wide range of Napier accommodation to suit you, so book today!
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