Heading to Napier

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The Show Never Stops in Auckland.
Napier is the art deco capital of NZ! The town’s buildings were designed in the 1930s after the 1931 earthquake destroyed the previous landmarks and houses. Because of this, the architecture is strikingly different from other cities in the world and so the town draws architects from across the globe.

Food & Wine
Being part of the Hawkes Bay region, Napier hosts plenty of wineries offering world-class New Zealand wine. Mission Estate Winery is NZ’s oldest winery and Church Road Winery is an established wine brand.

There are plenty of multicultural delights too. Indigo is ranked no. 1 on Trip Advisor for Indian cuisine, the Westshore Beach Inn Bistro is a perfect seaside eatery, while Mint Restaurant is a great upper class eatery.

Arts & Culture
The Spirit of Napier fountain is a beautiful feature on the waterfront, lined next to the tree lined ocean boulevard. Miami is another art-deco city in the world and Napier’s town plan evokes the same era. Golf, swimming and shopping are also popular activities for tourists and locals.

Cycle tours and winery tours are also an enticing option. For sightseeing head to Cape Kidnappers, Te Mata Peak and the Ahuriri Estuary Walk.

The Cabana in Napier is renowned as a destination on the NZ tour circuit! Plus it’s the place to be for local Napier rock outfits. Ninja Monkey and Come to Dolly are two local favourites.

If you’re up for a civilised sit down evening head to Med Bar at the waterfront. The Century Cinema plays art-house and international films too.

Make sure you head to the National Aquarium for an up close view of sharks and stingrays, grab a bite at The Silky Oak Chocolate Café for Hot Chilli Chocolate and check out the refurbished Napier Museum to learn all about the earthquake and town’s history.

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