The Art Deco Capital
With beautifully preserved architecture and a local population passionate about its history, Napier has earned its title as the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand. After the city was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931, the town was rebuilt in Art Deco style and so a legacy began. Napier is also the gateway to the greater Hawke’s Bay region, famous for producing some of the world’s best wines, in particular, full bodied reds. Napier and nearby Taradale boast some of the region’s oldest and most famous wineries making it a must for any oenophile. The region’s cycling paths are also second-to-none with 180 kilometres of trail between Napier and neighbouring city, Hastings.
Things to do
Learn about Napier’s Art Deco architecture and legacy with a guided walking tour run by the Art Deco Trust opens in new window. Tours run three times daily and start at NZD $17. For those looking to get around quicker, the Trust also offers a Deco By Bike (NZD $50) and Vintage Car Tour (NZD $160).
Located on the western boundary of the wine-producing Heretaunga Plains, sits Te Mata Peak opens in new window some 400 metres above sea level. Walk, bike or drive your way to the peak for panoramic views of the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru Ranges as well as Cape Kidnappers.
Wheels to wine
Take a cycling tour of the wine growing region of Gimblett Gravels with On Yer Bike opens in new window. Riding along flat terrain you’ll pass vineyards, olive groves and farmland and stop at nine wineries including Ash Ridge Wines, Abbey Cellars and Te Awa.
Named after an attempted kidnapping on a member of Captain Cook’s crew, Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve opens in new window is the perfect place to watch its two colonies of saddle and black reef gannets. Walk along the beach at low tide, ride on a tractor trailer or kayak your way there.
For winers and diners
Established in 1851 by pioneering French missionaries, Mission Estate opens in new window winery is said to be the birthplace of New Zealand wine. Take a tour of their cellar door (bookings required), sample their finest drops or enjoy a local meal in the adjoining restaurant (lunch and dinner available).
[Hawke’s Bay Airport GPS coordinates: Latitude: S 39° 27' 56.9'' Longitude: E 176° 52' 12'']
Travel time 10 min Taxi Approx NZD $20
Super Shuttle NZD $20 for one person, NZD $25 for two, bookings requiredBack to top
When to go
Napier and the surrounding Hawke's Bay region is known for its Mediterranean climate. Summer (December - February) is long and warm, while winter (June - August) is mild and only a little wet. This moderate climate allows for good food and wine production year-round.
On the third weekend of February is the Tremain’s Art Deco Weekend, one of Napier’s biggest events. Also in February is the Mission Estate Winery’s annual Mission Concert which draws local and international musical acts. Come November, food and wine are celebrated at the F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic.Back to top
The goBay bus opens in new window network operates in Napier, Hastings and surrounding areas for those looking to get out of the CBD. Take route 12 for the Napier to Hastings bus and route 13 for access to Taradale. The maximum fare for a single, adult paying cash is NZD $5.40.Back to top