Napier is a thriving seaside town, with a population of 58,100. Home to the Port of Napier and known worldwide as the Art Deco Capital.
Supported by a Mediterranean climate this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture. For the shopper there are high street and boutique stores to browse in, as well as antique shops, art galleries, and studios of potters, wood turners and craftsman.
Napier was rebuilt in the early 1930s, following an earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The new buildings reflected the styles of the times - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco – as well as incorporating some unique Maori motifs.
Marine Parade is one of Napier’s most picturesque highlights, with many attractions such as the National Aquarium of New Zealand, MTG Hawke's Bay, Ocean Spa Complex, Par 2 Mini Golf, The Napier Sound Shell, Pania of the Reef statue, Tom Parker fountain and the Millennium Arch, to name a few.
If you are visiting Napier from a cruise ship there are many tours and activities available. Book ahead to get the best range of tours to suit your interests and budget, when you've only got a short time on shore in Napier, you don't want to be spending your time waiting in queues.
Upon Arrival In Napier
Your cruise ship will berth at the Port of Napier. Ambassadors from the Napier i-SITE will greet you with a map of the central city, tours and activities available on the day. If you haven't made your bookings before arrival, pick up the cruise flyer and find out what is on offer in Napier and the surrounding Hawke's Bay region, including stunning scenic and winery tours, Art Deco guided tours and walks.
As the Port is a working port (not a passenger wharf) there is no pedestrian access. Transfer shuttles will take you from the ship to the city. The shuttles drop off all independent passengers at Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre which is within close walking distance of the city.
Approved tour operators and the friendly i-SITE team will be on hand to help you make your plans for the day.
Returning to your ship
When visiting Hawke's Bay many passengers will visit a winery, take a look at this handy reference guide when purchasing food or wine to take back on board your ship.
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