The County Hotel Napier

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

12 Browning Street, Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, 4015, New Zealand
The County Hotel Napier
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  • Families85
  • Couples86
  • Solo90
  • Business95

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Moving to Napier in February....any advice, accom...

by dcole17

Hello everyone out there, well my girlfriend and I are coming to Napier from the US and Canada in early Feb. and we need as much help and advice we can get.
I have one friend in Napier, but other than that we are just taking our chances that Napier is the place to spend the next year of our lives.
I was just wondering if anyone knew of good places to look for jobs, and places to live. We both are looking for restauarant, bar, hotel work, and then hopefully a place to live close to our jobs.
I guess we are looking for the knowledge and advice that all of you have. Please help us, we would really appreciate it!
Dusty Wilson and Ashley Steele

RE: Moving to Napier in February....any advice, accom...

by oisha

Well, since no one else has piped up, I'll respond with the little I know about Napier (one of my favourite aunties lives near there, so I have visited a few times).

It's a pretty town in Hawkes Bay. In summer there is a good deal of tourism related to boating and the seaside, so this is probably the best time to find casual jobs. Then there are plenty of farms around Hawkes Bay where you might get work (fruit picking etc). I'm not sure how things are in the labour market for the rest of the year though. Perhaps you can start in Napier then move on to a larger centre if the jobs disappear during winter.

As for accommodation near work, Napier is pretty compact so you will not find yourselves commuting any great distance to work, no matter where you live. There is a local bus service, but nothing else within the city. The climate is described as "mediterranean", so perhaps you can get around by bicycle much of the year...

Have a great year in NZ!

RE: Moving to Napier in February....any advice, accom...

by Vishi

Hi there, below is a really good website that has heaps of info on it including employment and housing. Napier is a really pretty town, not huge or a big party town but still lots to do and a pleasant place to live. Its quite touristy so you should have no probs getting jobs in the hospitality industry. Good luck!

RE: RE: Moving to Napier in February....any advice, accom...

by dcole17

Hey Vishi-
Thanks for the advice, but didn't get that website you said had info on housing and jobs in Napier, if you could throw that into a new message I would really appreciate it! Again, thanks for the message.

RE: RE: Moving to Napier in February....any advice, accom...

by Vishi

Sorry about that, have a look at a couple of these , hope they help.

RE: Moving to Napier in February....any advice, accom...

by Paul.

These service jobs are not likely to be on the job sites, rather they will be advertised in the local papers (not on their web sites unfortunately) or more likely given to whomever pops in to the business to ask.

Try these pubs:


Napier CBD

Travel Tips for Napier

Napier Pier 2

by Kate-Me

Here are some of the boats docked in Napier's marina area. The marquees and giant alcohol bottle in the distance are part of their Waitangi Day celebrations.
Wouldn't the cork go off like a rocket!!!

What a View !

by joanj

When I stayed with friends in Napier, they took me up here for the fantastic views. You can see for miles and miles in all directions.

To get to Te Mata Peak drive from Hastings to Havelock North where you will then see the long ridge of limestone bluffs which make up the 399m Te Mata Peak. The long and winding road ( echo's of a song coming on here !!) climbs up the hill to the vantage point at the top where you can see across the fertile plains north across to Hawke's Bay and Cape Kidnappers, and east to Ocean Beach and Waimarama the main swimming beaches for Hastings and Havelock North.

When we were there, a number of tandem paragliders were leaping off the Peak.
Peak Paragliding tel: 06/843 4717 & 025/512 886 prices from $NZ120

My friends son mountain bikes down here, (he is a mature young man)

Lovely walk along the sea

by vtveen

Make a pleasant walk along the Marine Parade, a promenade along Hawkes Bay. With lots of flowering gardens, fountains and sculptures. The Sound Shell, another art deco building, is situated close to the Visitor Information Centre and is an open air stage.
In the evening the Norfolk Pines along Marine Parade are decorated with hundreds of coloured lights.

Although the sea is very inviting on hot summer days; be aware it is NOT suitable to swim.


by balhannah

The lovely Clive Square we came across by accident. It was hard to believe, that years ago, cricket and football matches were played here.

In 1886, the square was enclosed with white picket fencing and gates at the corner entrances. Most of the enclosed area was in lawn, with trees and shrubs planted around the perimeter. The Clive Square side boasted a large centred circle, and seating around the outside of this faced inwards to a central band rotunda. The square now has a good selection of large cycads, Palms, nice gardens, lamp posts and seating.
There are toilets nearby.

Life on a gravel bed

by iandsmith

"All shook up"

When a massive earthquake levelled the New Zealand coastal city of Napier in 1931, it killed 162 people and caused major devastation.
What options did the citizens have? Apart from quitting, the only choice was to rebuild.
That essential task, completed over the following two years, inadvertently gave New Zealand one of the world's best collections of art deco architecture — and the city's visitors are still enthralled.


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Address: 12 Browning Street, Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, 4015, New Zealand