Napier is a thriving seaside town and known worldwide as the Art Deco Capital. Every year more than 20,000 people a year opt to take a guided walk through its streets.
Supported by a Mediterranean climate this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture. For the shopper there are high street and boutique stores to browse in, as well as antique shops, art galleries, and studios of potters, wood turners and craftsman.
Napier was rebuilt in the early 1930s, following an earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The new buildings reflected the styles of the times – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco – as well as incorporating some unique Maori motifs.
Marine Parade is one of Napier’s most picturesque highlights, with many attractions such as the National Aquarium of New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery (opening Sept 2013), Ocean Spa Complex, Par 2 Mini Golf, The Napier Sound Shell, Pania of the Reef statue, Tom Parker fountain and the Millennium Arch, to name a few.
A Napier landmark is Bluff Hill, which is home for many Napier residents and provides views of the town beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore, past the newly upgraded airport and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand’s busiest ports and a stopping point for many cruise liners.