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 mu…
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 ziggurat aesthetic. If the front doors are open, nip inside and ogle at the painstakingly restored foyer …
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 mod complex with its stingray-inspired roof are piranhas, terrapins, eels, kiwi, tuatara and a whole lotta fish. Snorkellers can swim with sharks ($82), or sign up for a Little Penguin Close Encounter ($…
Market in Napier

Napier Urban Farmers Market

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

Otatara Pā Historic Reserve

Wooden palisades, carved pou (memorial posts) and a carved gate help bring this pa (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

Woah! 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 …
Historic Building in Napier

Napier Prison

On the run from the law? Assuage your guilt with a tour of the grim 1906 Napier Prison on the hill behind the town. There's a self-guided audio set-up, available in 16 languages.
Statue in Napier

Pania of the Reef

Bronze statue of the sea-dwelling Pania, with her dubious boobs. Pania's tale is long and heartbreaking (ask a local to regale you).
Fountain in Napier

Tom Parker Fountain

A 1936 art-deco fountain named after a local gentlemen's outfitter of the day. Best viewed at night when it's lavishly lit.