Napier is a city of fun with entertainment and activities for everyone of all
The sparkling Pacific Ocean forms a stunning backdrop to internationally renowned
vineyards that produce award-winning wines. You can dine alfresco style in one
of the many cafes and wineries. Absorb the art deco and Spanish Mission Buildings
that make the region one of the most unique architectural centres in the world.
There are many attractions in and around Napier City such as
Art Gallery & The
Marine Parade showing the War Memorial Center, Salt Water Pool and Te Pania Hotel. --Credit:NAPIER CITY COUNCIL--
Beaches stretch for miles, swim with the dolphins, visit the aquarium, learn
about our injured penguin programme and visit the amazing site of Cape kidnappers
and view the gannets first hand.
For the more active there is ocean sailing, jet boating between the wineries, hot
air ballooning, caving, paragliding, windsurfing, deep sea fishing or trout
fishing in many of the pristine clear lakes or rivers. For the shopper there
are antique shops, art galleries studios of potters, wood turners and craftsman.
For more information visit the Napier
Visitors Information Centre, then step next door for an enjoyable game of
The Municipal Theatre, Tennyson Street, at night.
--Credit:NAPIER CITY COUNCIL--
On top of your list put the "must see" places
unique to Hastings. Places that define us. And even
amongst those there's a broad spectrum - enough to suit every interest.
out into the landscape, experiencing the breadth and
beauty of our natural surroundings visit the gannet
colony on Cape Kidnappers. Get to see the birds close
up. Walk along the beach between high tides or take
the overland safari. Which ever way you go, it'll
be unforgettable. People come from all the over world
Visit Te Mata Peak, stand at the top and slowly turn taking
in the scenery. See the plains spread out before you,
their rich quilting of orchards, vineyards, villages
and towns, the folding, rolling hills, the meandering
Tuki Tuki River, the distant mountains and the sea.
The Peak is part of a reserve offering many differing
walks through bushed valleys or over open ridges spanning
"leisurely stroll" to "serious exercise".
There's a magnificent stand of giant redwoods to
explore too. On a hot summer's day their somber
shade is bliss.
you're here in summer, then Splash Planet is the
answer to the heat. Stop the sizzle and play all day
in a water-theme park. Splash Planet has the slides,
rides and facilities to keep you and your children happy
all day long. Set in a 6.5 hectares park, there's
room enough for everyone.
more "water activities" open any time of year,
there's Marineland and the National Aquarium of
New Zealand. Both offer "hands-on" experience.
See the sharks being fed. Swim with the dolphins. Learn
from the experts about our marvelous marine life.
has its share of the famous Hawke's Bay Art Deco
architecture: a stunning reminder and legacy of the
devastating 1931 earthquake and its subsequent fires
that ravished the business district. Stroll through
our streets. Visit the past and admire the new. Our
Council is proud of its efforts to enhance and beautify
the inner city. You'll find "street art":
sculptural works by local artists side by side with
carefully preserved and presented Spanish Mission or
Stripped Classical buildings and all of it set amid
a gardened landscape.
when you've finished wandering the streets and
need refreshment or simply love good ice cream, a visit
to the original home of Rush Munro's is a must.
Generations of Hastings people have thronged through
its green painted doors, sat in the gardens, dabbled
hands in the fountain and licked up delicious creamy
real fruit treats. Their old favourites are still served
sort of art do you want to see - Glass or sculpture?
Paintings or pottery? How about visiting artist's
workshops? Talk to them. See their work. Perhaps even
take some home. If this is you, follow the Hawke's
Bay Art Trail for a tour of the area's creative
the galleries and be delighted. You'll find a tempting
array of the best available in NZ and yes, some of those
internationally known artists live right here.
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