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Explore Napier

Located in the sunny Hawkes Bay, Napier is a popular tourist city and world renowned for it’s extensive 1930’s ‘Art Deco’ architecture. With its stunning architecture, picturesque seaside location, and proximity to local wine producers – this is a place you’ll never want to leave!

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Napier suffered a devastating eathquake in 1931 and was almost completely flattened.

The city was rebuilt from the ground up, and a high percentage of the commercial buildings were designed in the popular ‘Art Deco’ style of the time.

Almost all the original buildings from the rebuild are still standing today. This makes the architecture of Napier unique in the world. Napier is one of the only true examples in the world of an Art Deco 1930’s city. Only Miami Florida is any comparison, but Napier has all it’s style concentrated in a smaller area.

Napier is proud of it’s heritage and most buildings are lovingly restored back to how they looked back when they were built. Several times a year there are 1930 themed events where visitors and locals alike dress to the period. Vehicles from the 1930s tour the streets, and Jazz concerts are held reflecting the popular music of the era.

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Napier and it’s nearby sister city Hastings are great places to check out. Together, they are called the “twin-cities” due to being so close together. Oh and did we mention that Napier is right beside the sea! Pop in for a dip, or enjoy Ocean Spa Pools right beside the Ocean.

Accommodation

Browse the list of local accommodation providers in our Napier Accommodation section. Also try our accommodation widget below which will show you through to Napier Accommodation options for all budgets from classy hotels, to affordable motels, camping grounds and holiday homes.

Activities

Popular tourist attractions include the Art Deco architecture throughout the city, earthquake exhibits and the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Major events include the Mission Estate Winery concerts and the Hawkes Bay Wine and Food Festival.

Local Info

Set on the east coast of the North Island, Napier has a population of around 57,000. It’s central location makes it a great base for exploring the North Island.

Whether you are a visitor or a local, you’ll find lots of useful information on this site to help you discover and explore more of this one of a kind city.

Wine

These days, in addition to being a unique place, Napier is big on Wine. The Hawkes Bay Region is a top wine producer.

A Look Inside the city

There is plenty to see and do around Napier, from wine tours to unique architecture.

Get your fill of local culture by joining an organized tour. There are many of them to choose from, so we put together a dedicated page where you can learn all about sightseeing nearby Napier and Hastings.