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Napier was devastated by a huge earthquake in 1931, as a result of which most of the city had to be rebuilt. As Art Deco was popular at the time, there are many fine examples of this type of architecture throughout the city, as well as Spanish Mission -style buildings. Napier is also in one of New Zealand's main wine producing regions, Hawke's Bay.
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Hawke's Bay Airport (IATA: NPE, ICAO: NZNR) is 8km North of the city and mainly serves domestic destinations. There are daily flights to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Gisborne, Tauranga, Hamilton and Palmerston North. International charter flights can be arranged for aircraft with fourteen or less people on board with prior arrangement.
Napier can be accessed by highways 2, 5 and 50. Parking in the centre of the centre is by meter at $1.00 per hour. Just a short distance from the centre, parking is free with a two hour restriction.
Serveral of the major hire car companies have offices at Hawkes Bay Airport.
The city centre is compact enough to explore easily on foot.
For more accommodation options and the above with travellers ratings:
|Criterion Art Deco Backpackers||48 Emerson Street City Centre||Hostel||85|
|Greenmeadows on Gloucester||47 Gloucester Street Greenmeadows Napier||Apartment||-|
|Econo Lodge Westshore Beach||85 Meeanee Quay-Napier Hawkes Bay||Hotel||-|
|YHA Napier||277 Marine Parade||Hostel||86|
|Portside Inn Backpackers Lodge||52 Bridge Street Napier||Hostel||82|
|Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge||408 McVicar Road RD 2||HOSTEL||-|
|Stables Lodge Backpackers||PO Box 269, Napier 370 Hastings Street||Hostel||79|
There are several internet cafes in the centre of Napier, offering access by the hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Most areas have dedicated PostShops, however stamps can also be bought at grocery shops, supermarkets and book stores. There are two main formats for domestic mail, namely Standard Post and Fast Post. Fast Post is used next day delivery between major towns and cities (two days from rural areas), whereas Standard Post will take a few working days to deliver nationwide. Standard costs NZ$0.40 for letters/postcards (NZ$0.80 for larger envelopes), Fast Post costs NZ$0.80 (NZ$1.20 for larger envelopes). International mail takes about 3-6 days to Australia (NZ$1.50), and 6-12 days to Europe, Asia and the United States (NZ$2). Post boxes are white, red and black and can be found in many areas throughout towns and cities, including information about when their contents are collected. Most post offices and smaller post shops have opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 12:30pm on Saturday. You can buy stamps here, or at newsagents and general stores. For parcels, you can use the NZ Post or otherwise courier companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx.
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