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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 center, 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, characterized 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 center 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.

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