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Top Choice Modern NZ in Napier

Mister D

This long, floorboarded room with its green-tiled bar is the pride of the Napier foodie scene. Hip and slick but not unaffordable, with quick-fire service delivering the likes of pulled pork with white polenta or ro…
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 Bar in Napier


Napier's most civilised bar, Emporium, with its marble-topped bar, fab art-deco details and old-fashioned relics strewn about, is super atmospheric. Brisk staff, creative cocktails, good coffee, NZ wines, bistro far…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Napier

Three Doors Up

The fab old Union Hotel has ceded part of its territory to Three Doors Up, a hip new restaurant serving classic fare such as risotto, eye fillet steak, slow-cooked pork belly and seafood chowder, all done to perfect…
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 …
Cultural in Napier

Art Deco Weekend

In the third week of February, Napier and Hastings co-host the sensational Art Deco Weekend. Around 125 events fill the week (dinners, picnics, dances, balls, bands, Gatsby-esque fancy dress), many of which are free…
Cinema in Napier

Globe Theatrette

A vision in purple, this boutique 45-seat cinema screens art-house flicks in a sumptuous cinema lounge with ready access to upmarket snacks and drinks.
Cafe in Napier

Café Ujazi

The most bohemian of Napier's cafes, Ujazi folds back its windows and lets the alternative vibes spill out onto the pavement. It's a long-established, consistent performer offering blackboard meals and hearty counte…
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…
Cocktail Bar in Napier

4th Door Lounge Bar

Next to Three Doors Up is 4th Door, continuing the door-centric nomenclature and offering an alternative to Ahuriri's mainstream waterfront bars. It's a classy, moody little nook, perfect for a predinner drink, or a…