85 Meeanee Quay, Westshore Beach, Napier, 4144, New Zealand
More about Napier
The Esk winery
Gareth and Odile at the church
Travel Tips for Napier
Three walking trails exploring the lanes and pathways of Napier Hill's historic residential area.
Bluff Hill Walkstarting on Marine Parade and includes many Victorian Hill homes. Allow 2 hours to complete.
Middle Hill Walkexplores the northern side of the Hill and view William Colenso's home, allow 2 hours to complete.
Hospital Hill Walkfeatures the Botanical Gardens and Historic Napier Cemetery, allow 2 hours to complete.
Gannet Beach Adventures
Cape Kidnappers is located on the East Coast of the North Island in the Hawkes Bay Region. A short drive from Napier is the Cape Kidnapper Gannet Reserve. It is the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world.This popular tourist destination is home to 1000's of Australasian Gannet or Takapu as the Maoris call them. I would enjoy the pristine beauty of the Cape even if these unique birds were not there.
One of my favourite things to do in Napier is take a wine tour. This is something that you can book through the Information Centre and go by bus or you could rent a bike and do it that way. What I usually do is drive my own car to the various vineyards. This of course means that you can't drink too much wine but it is nice to be able to get to some of the more out of the way vineyards.
Some famous vineyards include: Mission Estate, Craggy Range and Church Road.
TE REINGA FALLS
Te Reinga Falls were raging because of recent rain! A few minutes walk from the carpark and picnic area takes you to the lookout to view the spectacular 35 metre falls.
Just above the bridge the Hangaroa and Ruakituri Rivers combine to form the Wairoa River.
Napier - It's about the earthquake
Napier's current look was born out of an earthquake. When most the buildings in town were knocked down, they rebuilt much of the town in Art Deco, and American Southwest. It makes for a very interesting place if you're into looking at buildings.
I spent almost a week there in March of 2000. It was great. Very relaxing, nice beach, not a lot of adventure activities, and so it doesn't attract the large younger / rowdier crowd.
They had a week end yard type sale in the theatre along the beach which was great for picking up cheap used paperback books.
I also took the Art Deco walking tour. Had a great time, and enjoyed the education, got to see inside a couple of buildings I would have missed otherwise.
Lots of smaller very nice faculties, parks, an aquarium, walking malls.