Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Napier

MTG Hawke’s Bay

The beating cultural heart of Napier is the smart-looking MTG. It's a gleaming-white museum-theatre-gallery space by the water, and it brings live performances, film screenings and regularly changing gallery and mus…
Top Choice Architecture in Napier

Daily Telegraph Building

The Daily Telegraph is one of the stars of Napier's art-deco show, with superb zigzags, fountain shapes and a symmetrically patterned facade. If the front doors are open, nip inside and ogle the painstakingly restor…
Public Art in Napier

Sea Walls

Painted as part of street-art festivals held in 2016 and 2017, almost 50 colourful and thought-provoking murals are scattered across Napier. Pick up the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans map from the Napier i-SITE or th…
Architecture in Napier

National Tobacco Company Building

Around the shore at Ahuriri, the National Tobacco Company Building (1932) is arguably the region’s deco masterpiece, combining art-deco forms with the natural motifs of art nouveau. Roses, raupo (bulrushes) and grap…
Aquarium in Napier

National Aquarium of New Zealand

Inside this modern complex with its stingray-inspired roof are piranhas, terrapins, eels, kiwi, tuatara and a whole lotta fish. Snorkellers can swim with sharks ($100), or sign up for a 'Little Penguin Close Encount…
Viewpoint in Napier

Bluff Hill Lookout

The convoluted route to the top of Bluff Hill (102m) goes up and down like an elevator on speed (best to drive), but rewards with expansive views across the port. Bring a picnic or some fish and chips.
Market in Napier

Napier Urban Farmers Market

Score some super-fresh local produce: fruit, vegies, bread, coffee, dairy products, honey, wine… Who needs supermarkets?
Street in Napier

Marine Parade

Napier's elegant seaside avenue is lined with huge Norfolk Island pines, and dotted with motels and charming timber villas. Along its length are parks, quirky sunken gardens, a mini-golf course, a skate park, a soun…
Archaeological Site in Napier

Otatara Pā Historic Reserve

Wooden palisades, carved pou (memorial posts) and a carved gate help bring this pā (fortified village) site to life. An hour-long loop walk across grassy hills passes barely discernible archaeological remains but af…
Gardens in Napier

Centennial Gardens

Whoa! A massive waterfall right in the middle of Napier! There may be an artificial pump system in play, but we don't mind – it's still an impressive sight. Ducks, rockeries and flower beds revolve around the ponds …