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    Masonic Hotel on Napier waterfront
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Napier Things to Do

  • Marine Parade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the sea front. The area is very nice. The fountain here, we only saw in the day time, but at night it is lit, I think in different colours. THE NEW NAPIER ARCH (1938) commemorates the rebuilding of the city, is not very new any more! There is a colonnade, with two smaller arches, the Veronica...

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  • Te Mata Peak

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    From Napier, head to Hastings, then Havelock North, and follow the signs to Te Mata Peak, about 30k's. The Peak, is 400 metres above sea level, and was named after a Maori Chief Ta Mata O Rongokako, a giant of a man, who, acccording to legend, had the misfortune to fall for the beautiful daughter of the Heretaunga chief. Amongst the challenges...

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  • Cape Kidnappers.

    5 out of 5 stars

    There are a lot of coastal wineries next to Cape Kidnappers, Elephant Hill, Clearview, Te Awanga Estate, and Beach House Winery. There's a good range from modest to not so, we had a fantastic day cycling around them (rent bikes from www.winecycles.co.nz) after our Gannet Safari. Very flat, easy ride no problem for us "mature" cyclists!

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  • Pania of the Reef statue

    I actually stumbled unwittingly upon this bronze in the seaside park though I have to admit I did suspect it had some significance. Now considered one of New Zealand's national treasures, the statue was erected in 1954 to commemorate the Maori legend of the sea maiden who captured the heart of the chief's son but the sea people kept calling her and...

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  • Earthquake Museum

    We visited the Napier Museum for its Earthquake exhibits although there were other interesting exhibits on display too. The museum also has a gift shop with New Zealand and Napier specific souvenirs for sale. The Museum costs $7.50 for adults.

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  • Find a Public Toilet

    Caught out after a couple of beers on Napier's Marine Parade. Looking for a toilet? or a place to park you bike or your luggage for a few hours while you explore Napier's architecture?? You can hire towels for a swim in the ocean or take a shower!These are facilities available next to the Sound Shell on Marine Parade. See the details on my Napier...

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Napier Hotels

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Napier Restaurants

  • The Best Fish and Chip Shop

    The restaurant is owned and run by a Dutch family who emigrated to New Zealand in the early 2000's. The atmosphere is friendly and home style. They were very flexible with the menu. I wanted the Bluff oysters and couldn't decide if I wanted them natural or cooked. They gave me a plate with both. I had an entree of Bluff oysters - some natural and...

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  • Cute cul de sac in ahuriri

    Ahuriri is on the other side of Napier town. Theres a host of bars and restaurants lining the waterfront. We liked this one because it was tucked away down a lane. It was cosy and hidden, but very busy inside. The service was bistro style and suited us fine. the food was really good - lamb and fish of the day with a spicy syrah.

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  • Kebabs and middle eastern fare

    We couldn't find the great Kebab shop from our last visit to Napier in 2004, Alakebab, which we had loved....but while we were searching we discovered Cafe Anatolia, which had great food and a very nice, middle eastern decorated ambience. Absolutely loved the decor. I imagined myself in the Middle East. Don't know why I was so taken with the...

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  • Romantic location amongst the vines

    This restaurant is located a little way from the CBD but the old church building, the rural vineyard setting and the internal decor alone command a visit either by day or by night when the vines twinkle with party lights."Very romantic my dear!" Food's pretty good as wellThe menu is divided into Small Offerings and Large OfferingsSmall Offerings...

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  • Our best meal out in years

    WOW. My husband and I enjoyed absolutely everything about this restaurant. The food was to die for (hubby's seafood entree platter most noteworthy). Every mouthful was more delicious than the last. My only regret is filling up on the bread selection (as nice as it was) and not leaving room for the exquisite looking dessert. Stunning views across...

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  • A nice spot for breakfast.

    Breakers is situated in the Masonic Building in central Napier, just in front of Marine Parade. They open for breakfast at 8am and you can get a really good cooked breakfast here for a very affordable price. The service is quick and good. The "All Day Breakfast" filled me up for the day of travelling that lay ahead and was topped off by a latte...

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Napier Nightlife

  • Where to go at night

    Napier's nightscene is pretty limited, and the majority of the locals prefer the gorgeous 'village' of Havelock North (approx. 15 mins drive away, near Hastings). Havelock North has a number of cafes, restaurants and bars and you'll be sure to find something that will appeal to while away the evening hours.

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  • Make your own night time activities.

    I'm sure there are bars and places to go at night, and of course there are restaurants. But we really enjoyed walking both in the city streets, and down on the beach. Our hotel was very near to the beach, across from where this photo was taken.The Norfolk Pine trees had lights in them and with the sparkling ocean it all looked so lovely.

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Napier Transportation

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    by cnango Updated Aug 28, 2011

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    The Port of Napier located on the East Coast below the scenic Bluff Hill. This important Port handles import and export containers 24/ 7. It is also where Cruise Ships dock when coming to the Hawkes Bay Region.

    The Port of Napier
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Napier Shopping

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  • Browse the Art Deco Downtown Shopping...

    It is fun to walk through Downtown Napier and look at all the Art Deco Store buildings as well as browse through the shops.

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  • Art in Art Deco city

    We loved this Gallery. Its right in the heart of the city. One the cool cafes , "Ujazi" has seats along its front so you look in the windows while you drink and cant help being drawn in to take a closer look. The paintings were very good but they also have very good bronze sculpture, ceramics glass and most importantly incredibly unique jewellery....

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  • Wine

    You should think about doing a wine tour while you are in Napier taking in a few of the wineries. Napier - or the Hawkes Bay - is one of the premier wine making regions of New Zealand. I love the Savignon Blancs but taste the different wines and buy the ones you like (of course!) Wine might start around the $20 mark and go up to $50 + for the...

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Napier Local Customs

  • Pania of the Sea

    On the Northern end of the Marine Parade is a famous statue called the Pania of the Reef. The beautiful bronze statue was erected in 1954 and has become one of the most photographed in New Zealand. Pania was a Beautiful Maiden of the Sea according to Maori Mythology.

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  • La sirenita de - Napier - Mermaid

    Leyenda de Pania , la hermosa doncella de la gente del mar y Karitoki su amante Maorí .Hispania era una mujer del mar y un día conoció a un hombre de la tierra, con quien se casó.Pania vivía con su esposo en una casa Whare en un lugar ahora conocido como Sturm Gully, cerca del dique de Napier.Pero la gente del mar siempre la llamaba. Ella se...

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  • Maori singers and dancers...(continued).

    These teenage boys and girls had absolutely wonderful singing voices, with great harmonies. They barely needed any guitar accompaniment at all. Very impressive indeed.

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Napier Warnings and Dangers

  • french tourist beating

    today two French tourists were attacked whilst in their camper in NapierThe man was badly beaten by a Maori man and woman, he was whipped with a pistolNZ is not a safe placebe very careful see my other warningsthis is 20th Oct 2013

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  • No gas station !!!!!!

    We drove down from Taupo and Napier with the tank almost full. But in the long winding hilly terrain and exshauting journey we found to our shock that there was not a single gas station en route ! Not even a board suggesting when and where we will find one. If you planning for a road trip have a full tank and enquire where you can fill gas during...

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  • Ocean Beach

    The beach at Napier is not the most attractive beach as it is covered in stones rather than the nice white sand that can be found on most New Zealand beaches. This warning is, however, more to do with the nature of the ocean beach than the stones on its shores.It is not recommended that people swim at the beach here as the currents and waves can...

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Napier Off The Beaten Path

  • Check out the wineries in Te Awanga

    We drove out to te awanga which is 15 minutes south of napier near cape kidnappers. There are some fantastic wineries out there including "Elephant Hill" and "clearview" which were really cool. They're right on the coast and we rented these awesome retro cruiser bikes from "Coastal wine cycles" who have only opened this year. you can cruise along a...

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  • Incredible 360degree view of...

    An excellent way to view Napier and Hastings, from Mahia to Cape Kidnappers. Sugar Loaf Hill is part of Sugar Loaf Reserve in Napier. You can get to the top 2 ways. This is a kid friendly walk, the harder one and of course the easier one. 1 way is to park at Church Road Winery, 150 Church RoadMission View, Hawkes Bay 4112, taste some wine, relax in...

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  • Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers

    This gannet colony is rather famous, as it is rather large and said to be the most accessible gannet colony in the world, as almost all are on offshore islands. It is only possible to walk there yourself at low tide. It's 3 hours walk to the beach (commencing at Clifton), 1.5 hours to climb the plateau, and 3 hours return.We found the best way was...

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Napier Sports & Outdoors

  • Ocean Spa

    Ocean Spa opened in February 2003 and provides vast Ocean views, warm soothing water and bubbles in the open air heated pools.It is on the site of the original Hot Sea Water Baths built in the early 1900’s on Napier’s Marine Parade.The complex is open year round and has a 25 m lap pool, two leisure pools, indoor and outdoor spas and a toddler’s...

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  • Pettigrew Green Arena

    This is one heck of a stadium!! It's new and is in Taradale, it holds many functions such as Music Concerts, Conference & Meetings, Sports Events and Trade Shows & Expos. It has wonderful facilites with plently of parking and is really nice and tidy. Wonderful place and also supports alot of local things, such as our Science Fair etc. =) It's a...

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  • More Walks

    Ahuriri Walka walking trail through Napier’s oldest suburb Ahuriri with sites featuring the development of fishing, shipping, tobacco and wool industries. The trail is in two parts, allow 30 mins for stage one and 55 mins for stage two.Waterfront Trail. A 25km coastal trail featuring sites related to the 1931 Earthquake, beginning on the Marine...

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  • Cute art deco town

    The widespread art deco architecture and the superb gardens and immaculate flowerbeds stretching along the coast Dont miss the Jazz concert in the soundshell on Saturday night. The streets are lined with vintage cars and everyone is in costume

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  • Wedding Destination

    Many kiwis (and foreigners too for that matter) are looking to Napier as a wedding destination. It has a good climate, vineyards and beaches. It is also a lot cheaper than having a wedding in Auckland for example. My brother and his wife celebrated their wedding at a little church on the highway and then the reception was at Church Road Winery.

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  • Make the I-site office your first stop.

    The I-site office should be one of your first stops in Napier. Just across Marine Parade from the iconic A&B Building, the office provides information for free and can help you book tours and accommodation (a small fee usually applies for the latter). There is also a range of souvenirs here and a mini-golf course next door!

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