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Napier Travel Guide: 187 reviews and 484 photos

Located on the southwest shores of Hawkes Bay, NZ, Napier enjoys a sunny Mediterranean-like climate and settled weather, allowing for fruit-growing, vineyards, and tourism.
A devastating earthquake in 1931 leveled most of the city which was rebuilt in the then fashionable Art Deco style. Napier is now considered the Art Deco Capital of the world.

There are world class attractions including Cape Kidnappers - the only mainland gannet colony, the Marine Parade which includes Marineland of New Zealand (our national aquarium), vineyards with award winning wines, and special events such as the Mission Concert, Harvest Hawkes Bay weekend, and the annual Napier Art Deco weekend.
Tourism is a major part of the local economy and the city is filled with places to stay, things to do, and friendly people with a friendly attitude to make a visit special.

For the active there is every other outdoor adventure you can imagine from jet-boating between wineries, hot air ballooning, surfing, caving, paragliding, sailing, windsurfing or fishing for trout the size most people only dream about.
Industries also play a part in Napier's success with several major companies located here, including the Ravensdown Fertilizer works at Awatoto, the Pan-Pac Pulp and Paper Mill 10km north of Napier.
Napier is linked to the outside world by highways (South, North, and West), a rail freight link south to Palmerston North, a modern port at the foot of Bluff Hill, and a modern airport with daily flights to other major New Zealand cities.

  • Last visit to Napier: Dec 2003
  • Intro Written Jan 7, 2004
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  • Jun 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    New owners have made Pacifica a premier dining spot in NZ. Ultra fresh food with french feel & daring flavour combinations were reminiscent of our best dining experiences in Europe. An absolute gem. Dined here twice in a week & menu does change nightly.

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    Oct 1, 2004 at 10:43 PM

    Great Napier page with extremely helpful tips. Napier and Hawkes Bay is on my travel itinerary for 2005. Your well-written tips will come in handy!

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    Jul 29, 2004 at 9:33 PM

    Great page Angel!! Good info, couldnt have told it better myself!! =) Hope you liked my town!! =D

  • Kate-Me's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2004 at 6:58 PM

    Great page & pics to bring back nice memories! Greetings from a 1/2 Kiwi!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2004 at 6:34 PM

    didn't know you had such a beautiful Napier page Angel ^..^ just stumble into it ......wonderful, good stuff


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