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Napier in New Zealand is the most consistently Art Deco city in the world, due to being largely rebuilt in the 1930s following a devastating earthquake in 1931. It is in Hawke's Bay, on the sunny east coast of the North Island.

At 10:47 am on Tuesday, 3 February 1931, Napier and the wider Hawke's Bay was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The quake and subsequent fire killed 256 people and destroyed much of the central business district. The demolition rubble was dumped along the eastern foreshore and turned into gardens and a recreational reserve.

After the earthquake, the CBD and other areas were rebuilt in the Art Deco styles prevailing at the time. Today, Napier is billed as "the Art Deco capital of the world," with over 100 Art Deco buildings in the CBD alone, most of which have been restored and heritage-listed.

The earthquake raised the land by several meters. The airport,... Read more

Napier, New Zealand

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Napier in New Zealand is the most consistently Art Deco city in the world, due to being largely rebuilt in the 1930s following a devastating earthquake in 1931. It is in Hawke's Bay, on the sunny east coast of the North Island.

At 10:47 am on Tuesday, 3 February 1931, Napier and the wider Hawke's Bay was struck by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The quake and subsequent fire killed 256 people and destroyed much of the central business district. The demolition rubble was dumped along the eastern foreshore and turned into gardens and a recreational reserve.

After the earthquake, the CBD and other areas were rebuilt in the Art Deco styles prevailing at the time. Today, Napier is billed as "the Art Deco capital of the world," with over 100 Art Deco buildings in the CBD alone, most of which have been restored and heritage-listed.

The earthquake raised the land by several meters. The airport, the low-lying industrial areas of Onekawa and Pandora, and the suburbs of Pirimai and Tamatea were previously an estuary. Some streets still have the names they had when they were on the coastline – streets called a "quay" or a "bay" may be inland now.

The suburb of Taradale, a separate town until 1968, has the region's oldest and most famous wineries, which host concerts during summer.

  •   Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre, 100 Marine Parade, ☎ +64 6 834-1911, e-mail: info@visitus.co.nz. Daily 09:00-17:00. Maps, travel guides and directions and you can book tours and transport.

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Napier, New Zealand: Port Information


Cruise ships dock at the Port of Napier, about 2 km north and west of the center of town. Cruise passengers are not allowed to walk off the ship into town. Instead, a free shuttle transports passengers from the ship to the i-SITE Visitor Centre on Marine Parade in the center of town. Return shuttles run every 15 to 20 minutes. Where the bus stops, there are a lot of locals offering various tours etc.

Get around Napier, New Zealand


  • Taxi. Taxis are relatively inexpensive and can take you anywhere, anytime.
  • Bus. The public buses are not very frequent. It pays to grab a timetable in advance. Information regarding fares, zones and timetables can be found on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council public transport webpage.

What to see in Napier, New Zealand


  • Art Deco tour. Take a guided tour or buy a booklet at the Information Centre and give yourself a self-guided tour. Even a few blocks will take you past many of the most significant buildings that exemplify the style.
  • MTG Hawke's Bay (formerly Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery), 1 Tennyson St (cnr Marine Parade). Daily 10 am-5 pm. Reopened Sept 2013.
  • Napier prison, 55 Coote Rd, Bluff Hill, ☎ +64 6 835-9933. Take a tour of New Zealand's oldest prison. Opened in 1862, it closed to inmates in 1993. However, not all the inmates left.
  • National Aquarium of New Zealand, 546 Marine Parade, Napier South, ☎ +64 6 834 1404. Daily 09:00-17:00. Has a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous Oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment. There are sharks, stingray and hundreds of fish species, many of them are representative of the catches from along the East Coast. There are eels, trout, seahorse, turtles, octopus, tropical marine fish, kiwi, tuatara, water dragons, native frogs, and crocodile also on display.
  • Pania of the Reef, Marine Parade. One of the most photographed landmarks in New Zealand, Pania is a figure of Māori mythology and a symbol of Napier. She is a short stroll from the city center.
  • Soundshell, Marine Parade.

What to do in Napier, New Zealand


  • Art Deco Festival. A five-day festival in February celebrating the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s. Dress up and eat at one of the picnics around the city, watch the soapbox derby, admire the vintage cars or attend some of the other 250 events.
  • Food and wine tours. Meet like-minded people and share an appreciation of Hawke's Bay's wines. Taste great wines and learn of the area's unique growing conditions. Cheese boards are provided on all tours. Take home great tasting wines and memories. Depart Napier 1 PM, return 5 PM. Visit 4 or 5 local wineries. Tour includes tasting Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and much more. Some of New Zealand's finest cheeses matched with wine. Walk amongst the vines and learn about Terroir. Winery tour can be arranged if requested when booking. We like to keep our tours as flexible as possible and always set time aside for people wanting to take time for a winery lunch. We start half an hour earlier if lunch is requested.
  • Spend a day at the beach. The golden-sanded beaches of Waimarama and Ocean Beach are approximately 30 min south of Napier by car and are local retreats in the summer months. These long sandy beaches cater for surfing, fishing, and long walks to check out the native habitat.
  • Cape Kidnappers is at the southern tip of Hawke Bay where you will find a colony of gannets. These gannets migrate seasonally and are popular with tourists during the season. You can jump on a trailer towed by tractors to reach the Cape, run by a local business out of the small community of Te Awanga. Bookings and information about these tours are available from the information center.

What to eat and drink in Napier, New Zealand


Eat

  • Groove Kitchen Espresso, 112 Tennyson St, ☎ +64 6 835-8530. M-F 8 am-3 pm, Sa 8:30 am-3 pm, Su 8:30 am-2 pm.
  • Hog's Breath Cafe, 49 Marine Parade, ☎ +64 6 835-1018. 11:30 am-late.
  • Hot Chick Restaurant, 4 Hardinge Rd, Ahuriri, ☎ +64 6 835-9595.
  • Indonesia Restaurant, 409 Marine Parade, ☎ +64 6 835-8303, e-mail: hazza@clear.net.nz.hazza@clear.net.nz.
  • Mint Restaurant, 189 Marine Parade, ☎ +64 6 835-4050. M-Sa 6-10 pm. Contemporary cuisine. Fully licensed. Relax in the stylish interior, enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the lounge before dinner. Reserve your table by phone or the website booking service.
  • Raffles Street Cafe, 72 Raffles St, ☎ +64 6 835-8245. M-F 7 am-3 pm.
  • Ujazi Cafe, 28 Tennyson St, ☎ +64 6 835-1490.

Drink

  •   The Cabana, 11 Shakespeare Rd. A legendary live music pub since the 1950s (albeit with a break from 1997 to 2008). The Spanish Mission/Art Deco style building was designed by leading architects Finch and Westorholm and was the first Napier hotel to be rebuilt after the 1931 quake.

Atmospheric West Quay, beside the beautiful Ahuriri marina, has a strip of bars and restaurants, including:

  • Shed 2, 56 West Quay, Ahuriri, ☎ +64 6 835-2202. The first establishment to emerge on West Quay and an Ahuriri icon. Step inside and you step back 125 years, for the converted storage shed goes right back to the days the square-riggers tied up just meters from its front deck.
  • Speight's Alehouse, 68 West Quay, Ahuriri, ☎ +64 6 834-1188. One of 12 specialized Speight's hostelries nationwide and the only bar in Hawke's Bay serving all seven of the Dunedin brewery's beers on tap, from top-seller Speight's Gold through to the crafted pilsner, pale ale, porter, old dark and a seasonal ale.
  • Thirsty Whale, 62 West Quay, Ahuriri, ☎ +64 6 835-8815. A bar with outdoor decking, big screen TVs, a private bar, and a mezzanine restaurant with sea views. 

Shopping in Napier, New Zealand


The main shopping areas are along Emerson Street, Dickens Street and in the nearby suburb of Taradale. As well as the usual franchise stores seen across most of New Zealand, a handful of independent stores are in the city center.

  • Degas - Womens Clothing & Fashion Boutique, 35 Tennyson St, ☎ +64 6 835-7175.
  • HawkesHawkes Bay Book And Music Exchange, 80 Dalton St, ☎ +64 6 835-4814.
  • Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre Souvenir Shop, 100 Marine Parade, ☎ +64 6 834-1911.
  • Opossum World, 157 Marine Parade, ☎ +64 6 835-7697. M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm.9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-4 pm.

Safety in Napier, New Zealand


Emergency number: 111
112 
for mobile phones

Theft and pickpocketing are quite usual as in any other tourist places. Use your common sense to avoid unpleasant situations: don't wear valuables, a big sum of money, don't demonstrate your wealth, avoid remote areas and talking to strangers (particularly when you are alone).

 

Language spoken in Napier, New Zealand


English is the predominant language in Napier.

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