Napier Travel Guide
Stroll the grand streets of Napier on New Zealand’s North Island and experience the magic and wonder of the Art Deco era, among lush palm trees and Norfolk pines.
Napier, New Zealand
Things to see in Napier
Head to Marine Parade, the iconic Napier seafront that looks onto the Pacific Ocean. Explore the expansive kids playground, National Aquarium of New Zealand, and Sunken Gardens with the Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Māori maiden, as well as bars, cafes and ice cream shops. Slip out of town and sample local delights beneath a canopy of vines on a wine-tasting tour of the region’s vineyards.
Napier is also known for its stunning natural wonders. Hike, bike or drive up the magnificent Te Mata Peak and be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views across Hawke’s Bay and the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru Ranges. Explore scenic nature trails, perfect for hiking or mountain-biking, through beautiful parkland, forest and limestone valleys. Don’t miss the atmospheric Redwoods forest, a grove of giant Californian Redwood trees planted in 1927.
Art Deco architecture in Napier
The Art Deco capital of New Zealand, Napier was rebuilt after a disastrous earthquake in 1931. It’s now a beautifully-preserved homage to the era with its grand buildings and charming heritage. One of the most complete architectural Art Deco collections in the world, Napier’s is Art Deco with a difference, including Māori motifs and buildings by famed New Zealand architect Louis Hays.
An iconic event celebrating Napier’s heritage, the Art Deco Festival Napier is held over five days each February. Enjoy the romance of a by-gone era with vintage cars, aerial displays and live jazz music. Roll out a picnic blanket at the Gatsby’s Picnic or relax at the Festival Garden Bar and admire the passing promenade dressed up in their vintage finery.