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Welcome to the Napier and Hawkes Bay Region

Napier’s trademark is its Art Deco architecture, built in the 1930s, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the city in 1931. Few places in the world have such a broad representation of the Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco styles within such a confined area, which is why the city has deservedly become known as the Art Deco Capital.

A Napier landmark is Bluff Hill, which is home for many Napier residents and provides views of the town beaches of Perfume Point and Westshore, past the newly upgraded airport and out towards Whirinaki. Bluff Hill also overlooks the Port of Napier, one of New Zealand’s busiest ports and a stopping point for many cruise liners.

Along its two kilometres of sea frontage, lined with Norfolk Island Pines first planted in 1888, Napier’s Marine Parade offers a succession of visitor attractions set within a landscaped stretch of grass, pathways, and gardens. There is plenty of attractions and activities.
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.

Hawke’s Bay is one of New Zealand’s warmest, driest regions and this has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites.The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it’s a popular place for bicycle wine tours.

Climate and Temperature

The climate in the Napier & Hawkes Bay region is fairly temperate, Summer temperatures tend to be in the low to mid 20s and Winter temperatures average between 4-14 degrees Celsius.

November average temperature:
High: 20 degrees Celsius
Low: 11 degrees Celsius

Getting to Napier

By Car: State Highway 2 passes through the centre of Napier just outside the downtown area.
By Plane: Hawke’s Bay Airport is just north of town, beyond Westshore. The airport is a 7 minute drive to Napier City Centre.
By Bus: InterCity provides daily services in and out of Napier with connections throughout the North Island. Fares start from just $1 and can be purchased online, over the phone or via numerous local ticketing agents including the i-SITE information network.

Taxi Companies

Hawkes Bay Combined Taxis
06 835 7777

Baywide Taxi’s
0800 88 55 33

Rental Car Companies

06 835 1828

06 835 5410

Shuttle Companies

Super Shuttle
09 522 5100

Village Shuttles
0800 777 796


Hawkes Bay Bus Service
0800 108 838

06 835 4326

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