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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.



Sights and Activities

Where the sun rises in Napier on the first day of the Millenium

Where the sun rises in Napier on the first day of the Millenium

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  • National Aquarium of New Zeland - Stingray shaped buiding with a walk-through Oceanarium.
  • Bluff Hill Lookout - A steep walk up to the top is rewarded with great views over Hawke Bay.
  • Guided Art Deco Walk - The Art Deco Centre on Tennyson Street runs daily guided walks, taking in the city's architectural heritage. Walks are 1 or 2 hours and cost $14 or $20 respectively.
  • Wine tours - There are many wineries in the area and several companies offering tours which typically last for a few hours and take in several different wineries.
  • Botanical Gardens - Pretty gardens a short walk from the city centre.
  • Cricket - catch a match and enjoy a local game.
  • Sunrise Monument - this is were the sun rose on the first day of the Millennium
  • Te Mata Park



Events and Festivals

  • Art Deco Weekend - Takes place in the 3rd week of February and celebrates Napier's Art Deco heritage.




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Getting There

By Plane

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.

By Car

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.

By Bus

Napier travel centre is on Munro Street, not far from Marine Parade. Serves various destinations, including Auckland, Wellington and Taupo.



Getting Around

By Foot

The city centre is compact enough to explore easily on foot.





  • Napier YHA - Conveniently located on Marine Parade, a short walk from the city centre. A rambling building, with the usual good YHA facilities. A pretty courtyard is situated at the back and there are plenty of other communal areas.
  • Criterion Art Deco Backpackers - Centrally located in an art deco building.

For more accommodation options and the above with travellers ratings:

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers48 Emerson Street City CentreHostel82
Greenmeadows on Gloucester47 Gloucester Street Greenmeadows NapierApartment-
Econo Lodge Westshore Beach85 Meeanee Quay-Napier Hawkes BayHotel-
YHA Napier277 Marine ParadeHostel80
Portside Inn Backpackers Lodge52 Bridge Street NapierHostel70
Mountain Valley Adventure Lodge408 McVicar Road RD 2HOSTEL-
Stables Lodge BackpackersPO Box 269, Napier 370 Hastings StreetHostel75



Keep Connected


Internet cafés are widely available throughout New Zealand at rates of around NZ$2-4, though sometimes more in smaller places. Besides internet and e-mail services, most big internet cafés also offer some way for travellers to connect their digital camera and burn cds. Many public libraries have public Internet access, and most of them offer short free internet sessions. Wi-Fi access is getting more and more common in for example coffee places or fast food chains. It is becoming more common for Wi-Fi to be provided at hotels and motels, though sometimes at a fee. Wireless Hotspots are located in many cities and towns all over New Zealand from dedicated Wireless providers from whom you can buy connect time. Many camping holiday parks also have such services available.


See also International Telephone Calls

Dial 111 for emergency police, fire or ambulance services. The worldwide emergency number for GSM mobile phones, 112, can also be used.
The country code is 64.

Most payphones in New Zealand require the use of phone cards for payment and it is getting harder to find payphones that accept coins. As phone cards are available at a lot of outlets, they are easy to purchase and very handy as a backup in case of emergencies. Many of them also accept creditcards. Local calls are free from residential phones and charges for calling outside that area can be found at the front of the regional phone books, amongst many other services.

Mobile telephone coverage is effectively national in near urban areas although the mountainous terrain means that outside the urban areas, and especially away from the main highway system, coverage does have huge dead patches. Do not rely on mobile phones in hilly or mountainous terrain. Mobile telephone users can call 555 only to report Non-emergency traffic safety incidents, such as a breakdown, road hazard or non-injury car crash, to the Police. There are currently three major mobile carriers in New Zealand.

  • Telecom operates a UMTS (3G) network, named XT Network, nationwide on 850MHz with supplementary 2100MHz in metropolitan areas. (the same frequencies as Telstra in Australia and AT&T in the U.S.)
  • Vodafone operates a GSM network on 900MHz/2100 MHz and a UTMS (3G) network operates nationwide 900MHz with supplementary 2100MHz coverage.
  • 2degrees operates a UMTS (3G) network (2100MHz) in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, with supplementary GSM coverage provided elsewhere by Vodafone.

A prepaid sim-card connection pack with $10 credit from Telecom or Vodafone costs around $30, and prepaid sim-cards from 2degrees cost $10. Telecom has broader coverage in remote areas away from major cities compared to Vodafone and 2degrees.


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$0.50 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.

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -39.491733
  • Longitude: 176.916281


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