Hawkes Bay is a large and diverse province, famous for its fine wines, sunshine and pristine coastline. Napier is the principal centre, and has a fine coastal position on the sweeping bay.
The town is most famous for its architecture, rebuilt after an earthquake in 1931 in Art Deco style, characterised by the use of symbols of the machine, power, speed, flight, freedom, liberation and newness - in short, by symbols which represent the optimism and confidence of the 1920's and 1930's.
Some of the region's top wineries are only a short distance from the city and can easily be explored by car, on foot or with a tour. South of Napier is Cape Kidnappers, which is home to 15,000 yellow headed gannets.
The scenery is very impressive and at low tide you can walk along the beach to the colony.
Also within the Hawkes Bay region are the interesting towns of Hastings and Havelock North, the former a centre for agriculture and Spanish Mission-style architecture, and the latter known for its gardens, backed against the impressive Te Mata Peak.
Suggested itineraries featuring Napier
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Places near Napier
- Hawke's Bay 12 kilometers away
- Hastings 18 kilometers away
- Lake Taupo 116 kilometers away
- Tongariro National Park 122 kilometers away
- Eastland & Gisborne 134 kilometers away
- Rotorua 162 kilometers away
- Whanganui National Park 168 kilometers away
- Bay of Plenty 200 kilometers away
- Waitomo 209 kilometers away
- Tauranga 212 kilometers away
- Greytown 216 kilometers away
- Wairarapa & surrounds 219 kilometers away
- The Kapiti Coast 225 kilometers away
- Martinborough 229 kilometers away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 250 kilometers away
- Wellington 270 kilometers away
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley 288 kilometers away
- Waikato 303 kilometers away
- Marlborough Sounds 303 kilometers away
- Coromandel Peninsula 304 kilometers away
- Picton 318 kilometers away
- Blenheim 338 kilometers away
- Waiheke Island 343 kilometers away
- Auckland 350 kilometers away
- Devonport 351 kilometers away
- Nelson 367 kilometers away
- Abel Tasman National Park 373 kilometers away
- Collingwood & Farewell Spit 384 kilometers away
- Great Barrier Island 390 kilometers away
- Warkworth 398 kilometers away
- Kahurangi National Park 413 kilometers away
- Kaikoura 423 kilometers away
- Hanmer Springs 482 kilometers away
Accommodation choices for Napier
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