Napier and Hawke's Bay have become New Zealand's premier lifestyle getaways. Located on the North Island's eastern coast, New Zealand's oldest wine-growing region boasts a superb Mediterranean climate and golden sand beaches. In recent years, Hawke's Bay has become a leading producer of fine olive oils and artisanal cheeses. Wildlife lovers and birders will flock to Cape Kidnappers in Southern Hawke Bay: the Cape is home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world.
In 1931, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled Napier. The town rebuilt itself, and today Napier is hailed as the "Art Deco City" for its superb collection of Deco, Spanish Mission and Classical Revival buildings.
World-renowned as the "Art Deco City," visitors can leisurely stroll, take an antique car ride or jump on the Deco bus to view some of the most revered architectural gems in Hawke's Bay.
New Zealand's oldest wine region, Hawke's Bay is home to over 140 vineyards and 70 wineries. Visit a tasting room or take a wine tour to broaden your knowledge while taking in the spectacular scenery.
Home to a top-ranked golf course, spectacular ocean views, and geological cliff formations, this promontory is also home to the Gannet Reserve, the world's largest gannet nesting place.
Te Mata Peak
Majestically rising over 1,300 feet above sea level, Te Mata is the highest peak in the area, making it a favorite spot for paragliding and hang gliding, hiking and mountain biking.
New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life features an Oceanarium tank filled with an amazing array of sharks, stingrays, porcupine fish, eels, snappers and more; plus there's a touch pool and a kiwi environment.
Silky Oaks Chocolate Company & Sunzup Fruit World
Silky Oaks specializes in handmade chocolates using couverture-chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa butter. Watch the chocolate making process, sample a handmade chocolate and tour the Chocolate Museum. Sunzup Fruit World, family-owned orchard produces award-winning apples and stone fruit. Board a wagon for a tractor-drawn tour of the orchards.
The Mohaka River flows from the Ahimanawa Range into the Hawke Bay. The river is deeply entrenched in spectacular gorges, with the lower 17 miles formed during the last glaciation. The literal meaning of the Maori name is "a place for dancing." This name is believed to have been brought from Hawaiki and its significance is now obscure.
Mission Estate Winery
Mission Estate Winery has a fascinating past, surviving everything from floods to earthquakes, cutting the building into 11 parts and transporting it to its current site in Taradale using traction engines, all the while planting and growing grapes in Hawke's Bay.
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City Drive (Wheelchair Accessible)
1 hours | Napier | NPE-291
Art Deco City Tour
Perfect for those who wish to see the sights of Napier with little walking. Settle into a motorcoach and gaze out the window at what is hailed as - Art Deco City. Admire its spectacular architecture, beachfront and marina views, as well as the Marewa District, noted for its art deco homes and suburb foliage. This tour is wheelchair accessible.
Perfect for those who wish to see the sights of Napier with little walking. Settle into a motorcoach and gaze out the window at what is hailed as - Art Deco City. Admire its spectacular architecture, beachfront and marina views, as well as the Marewa District, noted for its art deco homes and suburb foliage.
A short and sweet introduction to the beauty of Napier both above and below the shoreline begins with a city driving tour that showcases the architecture that has earned Napier the moniker, the "Art Deco City." Then, visit the National Aquarium, to explore New Zealand's largest display of aquatic life.
All aboard! The Hawke's Bay Express, a steam engine-styled road train, offers a unique experience that brings the region to life. Settle into your seat in a car resplendent with an opulent art deco era style. Trundle through the opulence of Napier's historic architectural district, and make a photo stop at the National Tobacco Company building.
Sip and savor the beauty and bouquet of Hawke's Bay. Begin with a scenic drive for stunning views of Te Mata Peak. Continue to Hastings, a town of parks and gardens, and visit the boutique winery, Sileni Estates.
Local Connections: Art Deco City Drive & Walking Tour
3 hours | Napier | NPE-380
Art Deco City Tour
Architecture enthusiasts will relish the opportunity to delve into the heart of Napier, which proudly carries the moniker "Art Deco City." Learn how art deco made it to the suburbs as you journey on a motorcoach drive through one of Napier's most picturesque neighborhoods, then enjoy a guided walking tour through the downtown core.
Take a sweet trip to some of New Zealand's prettiest and tastiest spots on a locally led experience. The Hawke's Bay region affords a picturesque drive and sweeping views of Te Mata Peak. Stop at the Arataki Honey Centre for ice cream and honey sampling, then peruse the confectionaries created at Silky Oaks Chocolate Company.
The pastoral beauty of the Napier region is discovered with a farm visit to Clifton Station. Learn the area's sheep farming legacy through sheep shoring and sheepdog demonstrations. Next, in the town of Havelock North, stop at Arataki Honey, famous for its fun and interactive Visitor Centre.
New Zealand's oldest wine region is famed for its microclimates and gravelly soils. Visit some of the region's acclaimed wineries on a picturesque, half-day adventure to learn more about the process from vineyard to bottle. You'll sip and savor a variety of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, as well as Hawke's Bay Bordeaux varietals, during tasting sessions.
Delve into the history and traditions of the Maori people on a culturally rich, half-day tour that takes you to the ancestral land of Hakikino. Participate in an ancient welcome ritual in the Arch of the Ancestors and learn the way of life from the "home people" through craft demonstrations and musical performances.
Experience Napier's wildlife, history and architectural highlights. Visit the Art Deco Trust to learn how Napier became hailed as the "Art Deco City." Enjoy free time to explore the local aquarium, which houses a kiwi habitat, then take a guided tour of Napier's Old Prison, the oldest prison in New Zealand.
Explore picturesque Puketapu, nestled in the quintessential Hawke's Bay countryside, with a local resident as your knowledgeable guide. You'll be welcomed into a private home for tea and to enjoy the beautifully landscaped garden, called Horsford Downs. Visit a historic neighborhood church and a boutique winery for a tasting of splendid organic wines.
Home to exceptional art galleries and eating establishments, Napier also boasts exquisite art deco architecture considered the finest in the world. This exclusive tour, crafted by a local expert is designed to reveal the true richness of the community on a guided walk that takes in all its visual and culinary charms.
Get off the beaten path and explore Hawke's Bay by 4WD vehicle. Set out for the shores of Hawke's Bay and Cape Kidnappers, home to the world's largest mainland gannet colony traversing the varied and rugged terrain of a privately owned country farmstead. Conclude with a narrated drive through Napier's historic Art Deco District.
See the sights under your own power on an exhilarating 10-mile bicycle tour that follows your guide as you as you pedal south on the wonderful water trail-a dedicated walking and cycling path that follows the coast and forms part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, renowned for its varied landscapes.
Exclusively designed and inspired by local expert Annie Dundas, this immersive, and richly crafted cultural experience, brings to life the richness of the Maori people and their traditions. Gain a deeper understanding into this fascinating culture on a guided walk through the Otatara Pa Historic Reserve, one of the most ancient Maori pa sites in Hawke's Bay.
Get off the beaten path on a relaxing float trip for the whole family down the scenic Mohaka River through unspoiled canyons, sparkling gorges and native forest, possibly with occasional small rapids, in some of New Zealand's most beautiful wilderness. A light lunch is included on this full-day excursion.