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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.

Around Napier

Hawkes Bay, New ZealandSome 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.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Napier

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Napier, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Napier

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    Places near Napier

    Accommodation choices for Napier

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Napier. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      Art Deco Masonic Hotel

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      Whilst the exterior structure of this hotel remains basically unchanged from when it was first built in 1861, the hotel has undergone a tasteful facelift, restoring many of the features that make it an art deco icon.

    • Cobden Garden Homestay, Napier

      Cobden Garden Homestay

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      Just a ten minute stroll from the centre of the city of Napier, the Cobden Garden Homestay's three guest rooms with spacious en suite facilities, offer a cosy night's rest.

    • Crown Hotel, Napier & Hawkes Bay

      Crown Hotel

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      The Crown Hotel overlooks the waterfront in the village of Ahuriri, Napier, and offers stylish and unique guest suites, ranging from studios to two bedroom luxury apartments.

    Ideas for experiencing Napier

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Napier, and which use the best local guides.

    • On Yer Bike winery tour, Hawkes Bay

      On Yer Bike Winery Tour

      Napier

      Hawkes Bay is beautiful and most importantly flat, which makes it perfect cycling terrain. All bikes are professionally maintained and as well as safety helmets come with baskets or backpacks and visibility flags.