Cape Kidnappers with cabbage trees (Cordyline australis) in front, Napier, New Zealand
AN ART DECO TIME CAPSULE

Cruise to Napier, New Zealand

On the eastern side of New Zealand's North Island sits Napier, in Hawke's Bay. The entire city was rebuilt in the Art Deco style following an earthquake in 1931, giving Napier the best collection of authentic Art Deco buildings on the planet. Known for its wine, Napier boasts a cafe culture enjoyed year-round thanks to its sunny, Mediterranean-like climate. Nearby you can find the world's largest colony of gannets — a sleek, white sea bird known for its dramatic plunge-dive fish-catching technique — which can be viewed on a hike or a tractor ride on the beach.
National Language English
Currency Accepted New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Things To Do in Napier

Art deco architecture of Napier, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand Art Deco

Zigzag Through Town

Zigzag Through Town

Wander around Napier admiring the Art Deco architecture. Or, if you like more structure, hop onto a tour of the town. Don't miss the zigzags of the Daily Telegraph Building, the Masonic Lodge and the National Tobacco Company Building, around the shore in Ahuriri. Look for the 50 different street murals around town and soak in the colors.

Birds found in Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony in Hawkes Bay in New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony Birds

Don't Kidnap the Gannets

Don't Kidnap the Gannets

Cape Kidnappers, the headland just east of Napier, is one of the easiest places in the world to see gannets. Usually living on isolated islands, you can view the Black Reef gannet colony from the beach. Watch for their high dives into the sea when fishing.

Algae rocks on the beach with the sea in the background in Napier, New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand Rocks Beach

Queen of the Reef

Stroll along the Marine Parade to admire the Norfolk pines, gardens and public art with your Napier cruise. The symbol of Napier, Pania, is here — epitomized in a bronze statue. She's from Maori mythology and is said to have been more at home in the sea than on land. Legend has it that she became the reef, and the Maori consider her fishing grounds to be sacred.

Mussels in tomato and herb sauce in New Zealand

Napier, New Zealand Mussels

Local Cuisine

A Napier restaurant, Pacifica, surprised the New Zealand dining world when it was named New Zealand's 2017 Restaurant of the Year. Chef Jeremy Rameka uses local ingredients, and judges said that his menu "captures the essence of Kiwi food, with finesse." The small blue bungalow is easy to find on the Marine Parade. Cruise to Napier to try the Sartori Prosecco with warmed kingfish, lemonfish marinated in coconut cream, lime and chili.

Manuka honey in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Napier, New Zealand Manuka Honey

Shopping

The Napier Business District is Napier's main shopping area. It has plenty of boutiques and shops on the partially pedestrianized Emerson Street. Look for local manuka honey from Arataki Honey Centre. Need more sweets? Take a taxi to the Silky Oak Chocolate Company and museum for chocolate history and treats.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Stop in the I-SITE visitor Centre for maps and information; shuttles from the port drop you nearby.
2 The lowest denomination coin in New Zealand is 10 cents, so cash purchases are rounded up or down to the closest 10 cent value.

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