After the devastating 1931 earthquake, one of New Zealand’s largest natural disasters, the Art Deco heritage in Napier was cherished even more and is fascinating to explore.
Maori history is rich and exciting with a myriad of cultural experiences to immerse your self in. Food, art and wine trails are prevalent right across the region and be sure to catch an International Cricket match during the summer season.
There is something to do for everyone here in Napier with attractions including the National Aquarium and Splash Planet Water Park, while those wanting a slower pace can soak in Napier’s Ocean Spa hot pools, overlooking the Pacific.
Long secluded beaches and rugged ranges offer excellent walking and tramping opportunities. Wade through the region's many rivers in search of the brown trout, join a deep-sea fishing charter or take a walk though one of our native scenic bush reserves.
Why not go for a ride on any of the mapped cycling routes and wine tours, or a four-wheel drive safari or take a flight in a 1936 de Havilland Tiger Moth – all must do’s when visiting beautiful Central Hawke’s Bay.
Shopping and the arts are also well represented in Napier, with plenty of retail therapy on offer and studios and galleries dotted throughout the region, as well as stately gardens and colonial architecture.
Be sure to ask us here at The Nautilus Napier, about how we can help you plan the trip, conference, or getaway of a life time while visiting Hawke’s Bay.
Hawkes Bay Wine Country is a wine lover’s paradise. Home to the oldest operational winery and winemaker, it is the country’s second largest grape growing region and is overflowing with award winning wines.
There are over 50 wineries scattered throughout the region with over 30 of them offering a cellar door experience showcasing their wine making prowess, impressive wine cellars and gold medal winners.
There are wonderful wine tours available whether it be a cycle tour, self drive or guided tours available. Please see the local Hawkes Bay i-Site website for further details and tours.
Art Deco City ToursNapier is world-famous for its Jazz Age Architecture which rose from the rubble and ashes of a disastrous earthquake that devastated the city in 1931. Today, visitors from around the world delight in Napier’s decorative and colourful buildings which speak of the optimism and confidence of the early 20th century. The Art Deco Trust offers guided walking tours of Napier’s Art Deco Quarter, and a stylish retail shop.
For a closer look at Art Deco visit www.artdeconapier.com For guided walks and tours information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cape Kidnappers International Golf Course 2004 Golf Course of the year Travel + Leisure Golf. The goal in designing this course was to create interesting holes you wouldn't find anywhere else. That wasn't hard to do at Cape Kidnappers, because the site itself is unique. It's an overwhelming experience to stand up on the cliffs, 140 meters above sea level, and look out across the waves far below in Hawke Bay. This is seaside golf at its finest. The surface is firm and fast, the conditions can be windy, and the player who can control his trajectory will be master of the course. Website: www.capekidnappers.com/golf/club_house.html
Kiwi Adventure Company Hawke's Bays largest Adventure Specialists. Kiwi Adventure Company offers something a little different. From team-building courses to school trips and tertiary training, they cover the whole spectrum of adventure services. Come and try the indoor climbing wall in West Quay, Ahuriri. There are over 50 climbs available ranging from 5.0m to 12m. Or try Adventure Trips like Gorging, Sit-on-Top Kayaking, Canadian Canoeing, and Caving. Website: http://www.kiwi-adventure.co.nz
The National Aquarium of New ZealandThe National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier is within easy walking distance from the centre of the city. The magnificent architectural design imitates the form of a stingray, in a unique position on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. This aquarium has a wider range of species than any other similar facility in New Zealand. There is a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment.
There are sharks, stingray and hundreds of fish species, many of them representative of the catches from along the East Coast. There are eels, trout, sea horse, turtles, tropical marine fish, kiwi, tuatara, water dragons, native frogs and crocodile also on display. Feeding times are 10am and 2pm. Website: www.nationalaquarium.co.nz