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The New Zealand port city of Napier is just like a fine wine from its neighboring wine country -- every time you take a sip, you experience something different and interesting. Whether it's coming upon yet another Art Deco-style building in town or discovering a perfect Hawke's Bay Bordeaux-style red, Napier is pleasing to almost any visitor's palate. 

Modern-day Napier was shaped by the deadly and costly 1931 Hawke's Bay Earthquake, which led to the rebuilding of the city in the popular architectural style of the time -- Art Deco. It seems around every corner there's yet another striking example of the style. You're likely to stumble upon fans pointing and jabbering excitedly about architectural details or following guides around town with doglike devotion. 

The other main attraction there is wine -- specifically from the wineries in Hawke's Bay, now New Zealand's second-largest wine-producing region behind Marlborough. Take a tour out to some of the nearby wineries, or get an education in wine appreciation in Napier's own New Zealand Wine Centre. Otherwise, a stroll along the Marine Parade promenade, perhaps with a stop at a seafood restaurant, and a visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand are choice ways to pass a pleasant day ashore.

Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at the Port of Napier, about 1.5 miles from the city center. It's a working industrial port. Shuttles will take passengers the short distance from the pier to the center of town dropping off near the i-site visitor information office.

Hanging Around
Napier is a very small town with only a couple of main streets. Cruise passengers are not allowed to walk off the ship and into town. Instead, a complimentary shuttle transports passengers from the ship to the i-SITE Visitor Centre on Marine Parade in the center of town. Return shuttles run every 15 to 20 minutes. Once in town, anything that a cruise passenger could desire is within a 10-minute walk, including varied attractions, banks, ATM's, Internet access, shopping and dining. The Napier i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is a good place to obtain maps of the city and find out important information such as where to find money changing facilities.

Getting around
Cruise ships arriving in Napier berth at the Port of Napier, 1km north of the city centre.
It is a working port with no pedestrian access so you will need to catch the port shuttle to get to the city. Check with your cruise ship for shuttle services from the pier into Napier city centre. Your drop off point is the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre located on Marine Parade in the middle of Napier.The Napier i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is a good place to obtain maps of the city and find out important information such as where to find money changing facilities.
 
On foot
The Port of Napier is a working port with no pedestrian access, so passengers are shuttled into the centre of the city by the port shuttle. Once in the city, shopping, dining and most city attractions are within easy walking distance.
 
Public buses
It’s easy to get around Napier on its goBay public bus network. Most buses within the Napier central city cost approximately NZ$3 per trip, while buses to the surrounding area will cost approximately NZ$4.50 one-way. Take route 12 for the Napier to Hastings bus and route 13 to access Taradale, where many of the local wineries are located.
Phone (06) 833 8032 Taxis are easy to find in Napier. Hawke’s Bay Combined Taxis can be contacted on (06) 835 7777. Hawke’s Bay Combined Taxis accept New Zealand dollars and major credit cards.It’s a good idea to book rental cars in advance.
 
Getting Around
On Foot: The Port of Napier is a working port with no pedestrian access, so passengers are shuttled into the centre of the city by the port shuttle. Once in the city, shopping, dining and most city attractions are within easy walking distance. All of Napier's attractions are close by. If you are looking for a relaxing walk and a view of the area, a walking trail to the Bluff Hill Lookout begins at Coote Road off Marine Parade. 

By Bus: Public buses travel throughout the Hawke's Bay area, and timetables are available at the i-SITE Visitor Centre. If you want to tour the wineries, a shore excursion or organized tour is likely a better bet. It’s easy to get around Napier on its goBay public bus network. Most buses within the Napier central city cost approximately NZ$3 per trip, while buses to the surrounding area will cost approximately NZ$4.50 one-way. Take route 12 for the Napier to Hastings bus and route 13 to access Taradale, where many of the local wineries are located. Phone (06) 833 8032 

By Taxi: Taxis are available at specified taxi stands throughout the city or can be booked at the i-SITE Visitor Centre. Typical rates are approximately NZ $70 per hour. Taxis are easy to find in Napier. Hawke’s Bay Combined Taxis can be contacted on (06) 835 7777. Hawke’s Bay Combined Taxis accept major credit cards.

It is a working port with no pedestrian access so you will need to catch the port shuttle to get to the city. Check with your cruise ship for shuttle services from the pier into Napier city centre. Your drop off point is the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre located on Marine Parade in the middle of Napier.
Between the costumed guides leading tours about town, the classic cars on the streets and the 1930's Art Deco architecture everywhere you turn, you may think you've become a character in "The Great Gatsby." Don't worry -- it's still the 21st century. On a more practical note, when crossing the street, don't forget that New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road.

Popular onshore activities in Napier
Take a tour of the gannet colony – home to more than 15,000 of these amazing seabirds. Alternatively, play a round of golf at the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, ranked among the best courses in the world by Golf Magazine.
Take a walking tour around Napier to see some of the city’s best Art Deco buildings and architecture.
Take a wine tour or visit a café to enjoy one of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah wines the Hawke’s Bay is famous for.
Hawke’s Bay has over 133km of dedicated off road cycle pathways. The cycling experience takes you through stunning scenery including orchards, coastline, vineyards as well as visiting wineries, local cafes and much more.
 
 
 
 
Don't Miss
Explore Napier's architectural history with the original Art Deco Walk, sponsored by Napier's Art Deco Trust, departing from the i-SITE Visitor Centre (100 Marine Parade) daily at 10 a.m. for a one-hour guided walk (or 2 p.m. for a two-hour version). Extra one-hour tours are offered when ships are in port; check at the i-SITE Visitor Centre for times. Guides -- sometimes in period costume -- provide lots of history while showing off Napier's architectural wonders (like the National Tobacco Company Building, the Daily Telegraph Building, Napier Antique Centre, Hotel Central, the State Cinema and Gaiety Deluxe Cinema). They also educate tourgoers about the Art Deco style, which is known for sunbursts and fountains, symbols of speed and flight, geometric shapes and ancient cultures. For those who prefer not to walk, there are also Art Deco bus and vintage car tours. 

Waterfront Marine Parade is a great place for a stroll. Look for the bubbling Tom Parker Fountain (a popular meeting spot for locals) and the pretty Pania of the Reef statue. 

Further along Marine Parade, the National Aquarium of New Zealand explores the undersea world of alligators, piranhas, turtles, eels, kiwi, tuatara and lots of local fish. The building stretches out like a stingray along the shore at the end of Marine Parade -- you can't miss it. You'll want to allow at least one or two hours for an enjoyable visit. A free shuttle runs from the i-SITE Visitor Centre to the aquarium when ships are in port. (546 Marine Parade; open daily from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., last entry at 4:30 p.m.) 

Explore the Hawke's Bay wine region without leaving Napier at the New Zealand Wine Centre . The venue's wine aroma awareness room uses various "sniffing" techniques to teach participants about the aromas (both good and bad) associated with wine. During the acclaimed theatrical Wine Tasting Adventure, visitors sample six red or white wines while watching a 20-minute film that features insights from winemakers and a simulated flight in a vintage Tiger moth plane. A wine museum, a shop and a wine-tasting bar for additional tastes are also on site. (1 Shakespeare Road. It's open daily from 10 a.m., with the Wine Tasting Adventure starting on the hour and the half-hour.)

Popular onshore activities in Napier
Take a tour of the gannet colony – home to more than 15,000 of these amazing seabirds. Alternatively, play a round of golf at the Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, ranked among the best courses in the world by Golf Magazine.
Take a walking tour around Napier to see some of the city’s best Art Deco buildings and architecture.
Take a wine tour or visit a café to enjoy one of the Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah wines the Hawke’s Bay is famous for.
Hawke’s Bay has over 133km of dedicated off road cycle pathways. The cycling experience takes you through stunning scenery including orchards, coastline, vineyards as well as visiting wineries, local cafes and much more.

Been There, Done That
Napier Prison Tours offers informative guided tours at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as self-guided tours and the opportunity to get your own mug shot. Visitors can still see the impact of the 1931 earthquake on the cold and dark corridors of New Zealand's oldest prison, as well as the hanging yard and gallows, solitary confinement, the graveyard, and the completely contrasting and colorful Redemption Hill Garden. (55 Coote Road) 

The Hawke's Bay Wine Country Duck Tour uses an amphibious vehicle that heads in and out of the water to take visitors on a colorful "Art Ducko" tour of the area's Art Deco highlights. (One-hour tours depart daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. from the i-SITE center.)

Shore Excursions
Best for First-Timers: Half-day overview tours hit the highlights of Napier, with visits to the National Aquarium of New Zealand and Napier Prison. Tours typically offer an introduction to Napier's Art Deco architecture, too.

For the Oenophile: No visit to Napier would be complete without a taste of Hawke's Bay wines, and the half-day Wineries of Hawke's Bay shore excursion is a great way to experience the area's wine culture (without the concern of drinking and driving). The tour typically includes visits to several leading wineries like Mission Estate, Brookfields Vineyards and Alpha Domus. Tour participants can sample the wines and enjoy varied snacks, with an opportunity to purchase their favorites. 

For the Animal-Lover: The half-day (snack included) Cape Kidnappers Gannet Safari travels the coastline through farmland only accessible by private vehicle on its way to the stunning and remote coastal headland of Cape Kidnappers (named for a botched Maori attempt to kidnap one of Captain Cook's crew onboard Endeavour). The Cape area offers one of only two known mainland gannet colonies in the world, and the tour allows you to see this member of the booby family up close.

Eating Out
Napier is a sun-drenched city famous for its pristine Art Deco architecture and an abundance of Hawke’s Bay wineries. Though devastated by a 1931 earthquake, the rebuilding of this ruined city coincided with a prevailing style of sunbeams, opulence and ethereal motifs. This bold and optimistic Art Deco ethos has come to define the city, extending to vibrant cultural and restaurant scene, as featured below.
 
The Emporium Eatery and Bar is quintessentially Napier. Housed within the epochal Masonic Hotel – one of the city’s preeminent architectural landmarks – this popular restaurant is the perfect distillation of the city’s antipodean take on Art Deco style. With an effortless blend of gourmet foods, an accessible wine menu and the country’s ubiquitous flat white coffees, those on a shorter visit to Napier can capture its unique essence here. Their banana-stuffed brioche panini is the ideal set-up for a day lazily touring the regions wineries, but for those wandering the city’s pastel coloured streets the Emporium breakfast may be a better recommendation to fuel such ramblings. And after an ocean side walk down Marine Parade what could be a more apt evening meal to finish the day than the Fresh Bay fish, spinach, lime butter, smoked fish, kumara and pea pie?
Emporium Eatery and Bar, Corner of Tennyson Street and Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 835 8689
Masonic Hotel, Napier, NZ

MINT Restaurant is an obvious but welcome anomaly around here as it is the only restaurant to be housed within one of the few surviving Victorian-era buildings. Whilst the façade might mark it out as an exception in Napier, the food on offer inside MINT is a keen reflection of its setting. The freshly steamed New Zealand greenlip mussels, are a local favourite, and here they are infused with manuka smoke and cooked with shallots, white wine and marinated lemon. As though it were competing to be the most ‘Kiwi’ dish on the menu, the 14-hour braised lamb shoulder and pan-fried lamb loin is accompanied by the New Zealand staple of creamed kumara (sweet potato), with a carrot and Pernod purée  and fennel-infused jus. MINT Restaurant, 189 Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 835 4050
High-end dinning is on offer in this coastal city at Pacifica, but within a refreshingly relaxed and endearing setting. New Zealand’s familial, unpretentious and welcoming spirit abounds in this restaurant, set in a weathered beach bungalow. Diners are treated to an ever-changing array of dishes, determined according to the best available local produce and influenced by how head chef Jeremy Rameka’s is feeling. According to their website, the cuisine at Pacifica is ‘based on emotion and bravery rather than convention’, an assertion which could feel contrived in most other cities around the world, but not in Napier. The strong connection that New Zealander’s have with their surroundings comes out in a menu celebrating locally sourced seafood - panko crumbed 'southern glory bluff' oysters, creamy sago, fresh sea urchin – alongside an appreciation for the country’s farmers and game keepers – with venison short loin and pan seared lamb rump on offer.Pacifica, 209 Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 833 6335

For an expression of the hip, future-focused side of Napier, Mister D is a café-cum-bar-cum-dining establishment whose tables fill up fast almost every evening. What exactly draws patrons night after night is not easy to pin down. Mister D has an abundance of attractions from its modern, light-filled and vibrant eating area to doughnuts for dessert, injected by the overjoyed diners themselves with custard, chocolate and jam syringes. In fact, the menu here is not just a document advertising the day’s food but a mix-tape of the owners’ quirks and alternative style, imploring you to come in and sit for a while. Telegraph Hill olives, nuts and salted caramel popcorn combine in the scene-setting appetizer which could precede the broccoli soup with garlic, chili, Village Press olive oil and crème fraiche on the way to the curious flavours of bone marrow ravioli, beef juices and salsa verde.
Mister D, 47 Tennyson St, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 835 5022
Perhaps Napier’s most romantic restaurant setting is The Old Church Restaurant and Bar, whose inland location is less an off-putting annoyance and more of an exclusive-feeling escape from the city centre. The Old Church’s interior harks back to an idyllic era, with soft white woods and a breathtaking glass chandelier. The dishes on offer reflect the indulgent and traditional surroundings with main courses of eye fillet of beef and braised rib wellington, broccoli cream, beets and crispy potatoes, or oyster mushroom gnocchi, thyme and truffle butter with grana padano to reward the short journey out. Nothing could round off the evening better than the rhubarb-focused dessert with ginger parkin, rhubarb ripple, rhubarb puree and rhubarb and almond wafer.
The Old Church Restaurant and Bar, 199 Meeanee Rd, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 844 8866
Mission Estate is perhaps the best known of the Hawkes Bay vineyards, but the restaurant here isn’t one to settle on a centuries-old reputation. The stunning dining room overflowing into the State’s fragrant gardens would be a sufficient attraction for the droves of visitors, even if the food was comparatively uninspiring. Thankfully, the food is beyond inspiring, it is downright inspired. The pan-fried fresh fish, lemon and parsnip mash, rainbow chard, baby beets and verjuice mustard veloute, or medium rare beef eye fillet, potato rösti, mushroom duxelles and spinach and parmesan puree coupled with one of the country’s best wine lists makes the Mission Estate Winery Restaurant an attraction in its own right. Mission Estate Winery Restaurant, 198 Church Rd, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 845 9350
At Te Awa Winery Restaurant executive chef Stephen Tindall has designed a menu which transforms local New Zealand produce with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours. Diners can experience this fusion in the pulled lamb and green olive cigars with parsley and cumin salsa, or the pork kefte with caramelised fennel and crackle.But perhaps the most interesting offering available here is a sophisticated take on the traditional Sunday roast; Tindall serves up a 14 hours slow-cooked pork shoulder with boulangere potatoes, roasted Lawson’s carrots and freekeh salad with herb and yoghurt dressing.
Te Awa Winery Restaurant, 2375 State Highway 50, Hastings, New Zealand, +64 (06) 879 7602
Provedore
 
Provedore, in Napier’s trendy Quay Marina, is a bustling tapas bar and restaurant set in the appealing Art Deco New Zealand Shipping Company building. With typical Kiwi candor, the restaurant blends great quality food with a nonchalant atmosphere, and local bands playing over the weekends. Whether drinking in the marina views over a languid evening or being serenaded by the live music, Provedore’s patrons are sure to enjoy winning kiwi fare. The salt and pepper squid comes with garlic aioli, a regionally adored sauce, whilst the orange braised pork belly pairs nicely with the locally brewed Monteiths IPA. Amongst a selection of tempting desserts, it would be hard to overlook the passion fruit pavlova with fresh cream and caramelized pineapple.
Provedore, 60 W Quay, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 834 0189
Restaurant Indonesia is a beguiling mixture of Asian and Dutch influences which has its origins in late European colonialism. The décor within is distinctly Indonesian and the antithesis to the pastel hues outside. The star attractions here are the ‘Rijsttafel’ (roughly translated from Dutch as rice tables): innumerable plates of food that resemble gluttonous tapas. The origins for these Rijsttafel comes from the Dutch colonization of Indonesia when they would want to treat visiting dignitaries to a selection of each of the island’s and region’s specialty dishes. Here in Napier diners can choose from a vegetarian, danang (meat), ikan (fish) or supreme version of these feasts.
Restaurant Indonesia, 409 Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand +64 (06) 835 8303
Salvare is a boutique winery with an award winning cellar door. Though the food options available here may be limited, the platter that accompanies wine tastings at the distinctive ‘Red Shed’ are exceptional. Alongside locally sourced cured meats and cheeses are homemade olive oils, a spicy crushed nut Dukkah and a delectable Chardonnay mustard to slather over rustic cuts of bread. Salvare’s unique frozen shots of wine finish these platters with the deep, satisfying feeling of a sorbet.
Salvare, 403 Ngatarawa Rd, Napier, New Zealand, +64 (06) 874 9409
 
Shopping
You'll be spoilt for choice when you are looking to shop in Napier. Many of the major NZ retail chains are here with names such as Farmers, Whitcoulls, Just Jeans and Flight Centre. If its food you are after, there are numerous cafes and eateries serving all types of cuisine.
Napier, being the Art Deco capital is also home to many boutique shops and designer homeware stores. There are antique and period stores, and highly recommended is the Napier Antique and Jewellery Centre one street over on Tennyson Street. Address: Emerson St, Hastings, and surrounding streets. Hours: Generally 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri, 9am - 4pm Weekends
 
The Napier Antique and Jewellery Centre is located on Tennyson Street, Napier. Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, this is a treasure trove of wonderful pieces.
 
The antique centre is a large open plan area with numerous dealers offering many different styles of antiques and collectables. There are 7 antique dealers with everything from vintage jewellery, china, furniture and ceramics. Vintage Vogue offers clothing and fashions from the 20s to the 70s. If you are looking for a pair of art deco period gloves for your stay in Napier, look no further. Tennysons Book Shop completes the centre with a vast selection of books from old to new. Address: Cnr Tennyson St & Cathedral Lane, Napier Phone No: 06 835 9865 Hours: 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm Weekends.
 
Statements Gallery, Tennyson and Hastings streets, Napier (tel. 06/834-1331; www.statementsgallery.co.nz), is one of my favorite places for finding that extra-special piece of colorful New Zealand art glass, beautiful handcrafted New Zealand jewelry, and ceramics you'll want to take home. It also stocks paintings, prints, and sculptures






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