Napier / Hawkes Bay

Napier, the city by the sea is renowned for its 1930s Art Deco architecture and stately Norfolk pines. Completely rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1931, it features one of the densest concentrations of art deco buildings in the world.

Supported by a Mediterranean climate and over 2,200 hours of sunshine a year the surrounding area of Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s top wine producers.

If you have a taste for good wine a visit to some of the quality vineyards that characterize the region is a must.  The Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines are particularly fine and can be enjoyed by taking a personalized wine tour with a local wine expert.

 

 It’s a place where you can shop at the farmers market for locally grown delicacies, indulge in artisan gourmet food, and join the lunchers at Napier’s Great Long Lunch.

And it’s a place where you can walk the forest trails of the Ruahine and Kaweka Forest Parks or the glorious beaches that stretch along the coast. Those looking for nature should head to Cape Kidnappers - the world’s largest onshore gannetry, which comes to life between late October and late April or visit the impressive Te Mata Peak, steeped in Maori legend.

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