Napier is home to beautifully preserved 1930s architecture
Napier
1930s architecture, Hawke's Bay

By Chris McLennan

Stroll through bucolic gardens in Napier.
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Gardens, Hawke's Bay

By DiGiSLR

Napier is famous for its retro style.
Napier
Retro style, Hawke's Bay

By JeanM1

Napier

Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference.

A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd 1931 a massive earthquake - 7. 9 on the Richter scale - rocked Hawke's Bay for more than three minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or the fires that followed.

Rebuilding began almost immediately, and much of it was completed in two years. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the times - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. Local architect Louis Hay, an admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his chance to shine. Maori motifs were employed to give the city a unique New Zealand character - for example, the ASB bank on the corner of Hastings and Emerson Streets features Maori koru and zigzags.

Napier’s other special attractions include the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers and the many vineyards that make good use of the region’s alluvial soils. Pinot Gris and Syrah are the region's signature drops. On Saturday mornings, the Napier farmers’ market is a chance to shop for artisan foods and fresh produce.

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339 On Church - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Greenmeadows, Napier
068450377
We are ideally situated 4 mins from Taradale and 10 mins from Napier City. Located in one of Napier's highly desirable areas, we are only a stroll to either the highly regarded Mission Estate Winery or Church Road Winery. With views directly across to The Mission, vineyards and Sugar Loaf, this modern, sunny and self contained one bedroom accommodation attac... (more)
5 on Bay View - Tui & Fantail Apartments. - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Bluff Hill, Napier
5 on Bay View offers to you Private, Self contained accomodation with sea views out to Whirinaki and over the Bay.Situated on the Northern side of Napier Hill on the bottom story of an 1880's villa. AWARDED TRAVELBUG BEST GUEST REVIEWS 2011. We offer you: TUI Apartment - fully self contained and spacious with a full kitchen, a large tiled bathroom w... (more)
Ace High Motor Inn - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier
0800270361
Featuring an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a barbecue area, Ace High Motor Inn is just 5 minutes’ drive from Napier Aquatic Centre. Free Wi-Fi and a kitchenette or kitchen are standard in all rooms.Ace High Motor Inn Napier is 8 minutes’ drive from Napier Train Station and the beautiful Hawke's Bay. Hawke's Bay Airport and Hawke’s Bay Museum are each a 10-minu... (more)
Affordable Westshore Holiday Park Napier - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Westshore, Napier
0800937874
Affordable Westshore Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park in Napier. It is a family accommodation in a sheltered location of 1.3ha of well-maintained park-like grounds. Napier is one of the biggest cities in Hawke's Bay. The National Aquarium of New Zealand is located in the city has an extensive collection of exotic species including sharks, pi... (more)
Albatross Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Westshore, Napier
0800252287
Albatross Motel scored 9.5/10 on Target TV and guarantees friendly service. Overlooking the Ahuriri Estuary and close to the beach and cycle/walkways. Clean, comfortable, Qualmark 4-star rated, offering Free Wi-Fi, SKY Guest Select 50+ channels and Flybuys points. It has 35 well equipped units ranging from standard & deluxe studios and deluxe bedroom unit... (more)
Anchorage Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Ahuriri, Napier
0800422266
Anchorage Motor Lodge is a luxury motel located on the Ahuriri waterfront in Napier. It oversees the inner harbour and sailing club marina with stunning sights out to the sea and the mountains. It has 44 spacious well-appointed studio, one and two bedroom suites. Complimentary wireless internet is available for all guests. A spacious, air-conditioned conf... (more)
Apartment Pipstay - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier South, Napier
068355201
Fully self-contained/self-occupancy with sea views, comfort, style and luxury, Apartment Pipstay is in a class of its own. It features 2 bedrooms, a beautiful tiled bathroom upstairs and a modern kitchen and lounge with 46" flat screen TV with full Sky TV downstairs. Lounge and main bedroom both feature TV, stereo and DVD player. With the lounge opening onto... (more)
Art Deco Masonic Hotel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier South, Napier
068358689
Located on the waterfront with panoramic Pacific Ocean views, the Masonic Hotel Napier features free WiFi and historic Art Deco architecture. Guests enjoy 2 bars and 2 restaurants. Art Deco Masonic Hotel is located in the centre of Napier, just 10 minutes’ drive from Hawke's Bay Airport. It is 2 minutes' walk from the main street of Marine Parade and loca... (more)
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Taradale, Napier
0800684477
Colonial Lodge Motel is located in the Napier suburb of Taradale. It offers rooms with fully equipped kitchens and satellite TV. Free private parking is available. All rooms feature air-conditioning, heating, DVD-players and Sky TV. The kitchens include convection microwaves and stoves. Some have dishwashers. Facilities at Colonial Lodge include a heat... (more)
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Taradale, Napier
0800684477
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel Napier is ideally located in park-like grounds just 10 minutes to Napier centre or 15 minutes to Hastings centre. It is an easy walk to local cafes, shops and wineries. All units fully self contained with contemporary kitchens and Bathrooms and 32" LCD TV's.*All Suites have been recently refurbished to a high standard*OTHER FACILIT... (more)
At The Rocks Motorlodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Westshore, Napier
08008359626
At The Rocks Motorlodge is located by the waterfront, just 5 minutes’ drive from Napier city centre. It offers free Wi-Fi, free car parking and a fitness centre. All rooms feature basic cooking facilities, LCD TV with DVD player and a work desk. Some have a hot tub or claw-foot bathtub. Facilities include a barbecue area, laundry and dry cleaning servi... (more)
Ballina Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Taradale, Napier
0508225542
Stylish and comfortable - Luxury to the discerning. The Ballina Motel is one of Napier's newest motels ideally positioned for the discerning tourist or business traveller midway between Napier (8kms or 10mins) and Hastings (14kms or 15mins) city centres, and 10 mins from Hawke's Bay Airport. The Ballina Motel offers a choice of 16 self-contained luxury... (more)
Bamboo Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Westshore, Napier
068357566
Just 200 metres from a safe swimming beach, Bamboo Lodge offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD player. It features a hot tub and barbecue facilities. All units include a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. Each unit is heated, and has electric blankets and ironing facilities. Bambo... (more)
Bay Beauty Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Marewa, Napier
0800232222
Located in the quiet suburb of Marewa, the Bay Beauty Motel features a communal barbecue area and free parking on site. Just 1 km from Napier’s city centre, it offers spacious rooms with a full kitchen.Featuring a private courtyard, heated rooms come with ironing equipment, a DVD player and a TV set. Guests can prepare simple meals at the attached kitchen wh... (more)
Bay View Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Bay View, Napier
0800836600
Opened 2008 this complex is set in beautiful, peaceful, park-like grounds surrounded by rural New Zealand. Just 8 kms from Napier CBD, our Holiday Park is handy to Hawkes Bay wineries, concert venues and situated only 700 metres from the beach. Brand new kitchen and showers plus a barbecue area for you to use and enjoy. Choose from a range of accommod... (more)
Beach Front Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier South, Napier
0800778888
Beach Front Motel offers quality motel accommodation in Napier. It is a beachfront complex, central to CBD. It has 46 architecturally designed suites consisting of 36 suites sleeps 2, 4x1brm suites sleeps 4 and 6x2brm suites sleeps 5. All are self-contained with fully equipped kitchen, microwave, ensuite with shower, private freshwater spa bath or spa poo... (more)
Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Pirimai, Napier
0800365754
Just a 5-minute drive from the heart of Napier, Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge offers free Wi-Fi. All air-conditioned guest rooms feature a TV, microwave, fridge and toaster. Bella Tuscany Motel is a 7-minute drive from Mission Estate Winery. Both Napier Beach and Hawke’s Bay Airport are within a 10-minute drive away. All rooms are located on the ground flo... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Napier - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier South, Napier
0800835959
Bella Vista Motel is just a 3 minute walk from central Napier and Marine Parade. Rooms enjoy modern furnishings and feature satellite TV. Free on site parking is offered. Rooms at Motel Bella Vista include electric blankets and toasters. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided. Many rooms also offer kitchenettes. At the Bella Vista, breakfast can... (more)
BK's Fountain Court Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier
0508411000
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, BK's Fountain Court Motel offers self-catering accommodation with satellite TV and private laundry facilities. Guests enjoy 200MB of free Wi-Fi per day.The restaurants and cafes of Napier city centre are just 7 minutes’ walk from Fountain Court Motor Inn Napier. It is a 5-minute walk to the Marina Parade and the beachfront... (more)
Bluewater Hotel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Ahuriri, Napier
0508627437
Located in Napier’s vibrant inner harbour area with views over the marina, Bluewater Hotel features a restaurant, a bar and a mini golf course. All accommodation includes a 2-person spa bath and 100MB of free Wi-Fi per day. The Bluewater Hotel Hawke’s Bay is only a 5-minute drive from both Napier Airport and Napier city centre. The restaurants and nightli... (more)
Breakwater Apartments - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier
0800272763
Breakwater Apartments feature spacious and luxurious units with splendid sea views. A 3-minute drive from central Napier, this property offers free parking on site.All apartments boast a full kitchen with an oven, a fridge, a microwave and a dishwasher. Each comes with laundry facilities and a lounge/dining area with satellite TV. The en suite bathroom offer... (more)
Cedar Court Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Westshore, Napier
0508233272
Cedar Court Motel is located on Napier's Westshore, just 7 minutes' drive from the city centre. All accommodation features free unlimited Wi-Fi and a TV with over 50 satellite channels. Overlooking the Ahuriri Estuary, Motel Cedar Court is a 5-minute drive from Hawkes’s Bay Airport. The cafes, restaurants and galleries of Ahuriri are 2 km away. Guests ... (more)
Chic Collection Apartments - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Ahuriri, Napier
0508843276
Guests will revel in the magnificently appointed and spacious 3 architecturally designed apartments ranging from either two or three bedrooms. The interiors have been decorated to the highest standard with stunning designer wallpapers, beautiful pieces of furniture and luxurious fabrics.Each apartment offers a sanctuary of refined elegance and modern conveni... (more)
City Close Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier South, Napier
068353568
City Close Motel offers affordable motel accommodation in the heart of Napier. Accommodation consists of quiet, self-contained spacious rooms with fully equipped kitchens, microwave, fridge and Sky TV. Other facilities include guest laundry, barbecue and outdoor lounge area, off-street parking, car washing facilities, cot and high chair, cooked and continent... (more)
Deco City Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier
08005366339
Featuring a swimming pool and children’s playground, Deco City Motor Lodge is 5 minutes’ drive from Napier. It offers Art Deco accommodation with satellite TV and a spa bath. Guests enjoy 500MB of free Wi-Fi per day.All accommodation at Napier Deco City Motor Lodge includes a microwave, mini refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Free on-site car par... (more)
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  • West Quay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 31 Jan 2021 10:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    MND New Zealand’s volunteer-led event series, Walk 2 D’Feet MND, is returning to Napier. A sponsored fundraising and awareness walk. Register to attend in advance and take advantage of an Early Bird discount. ... more
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    Fri 5 Feb 2021 8:00PM / World
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    Sun 21 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Comedy
    Torn from what should be a the pages of a comic book but is actually our time, comes a satirical comedic character like no other. Come see the truely unique brilliance of this larger than life modern-day jester. ... more
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    Fri 5 Feb 2021 8:00PM / Classic Rock
    Back from the 90's, where skateboards ruled the pavements, only the rich had a mobile phone and Grunge Rock ruled the world. Join us for a night of the classics from Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in ... more
  • Munro Dance Studio, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 2 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Dance Classes
    Ballroom & Latin Dance Lessons - Beginners course start Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Join the grace & excitement of Ballroom & Latin dancing, we recommend having a partner however it is not essential as we have helpers ... more
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    Fri 29 Jan 2021 8:00PM / Hip Hop, Rap
    Take a trip down the rabbit hole with local hip hop up-and-comer TAH1 for his debut live show celebrating the release of two distinctive projects EXS7ANT (14.01.2021) and LUVs.Labórs.Lo$t (29.01.2021) Featuring ... more
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    Wed 3 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Dance Classes
    Salsa Dance Lessons - Beginners course start Wednesday 3rd February 2021. Join the fun of salsa dancing, we recommend having a partner however it is not essential as we have helpers to assist, just come along and have ... more
  • Crab Farm Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 7 Feb 2021 4:00PM / Music Festivals
    We're opening up our outside park area for a relaxing afternoon of live music, delicious casual food and a few wines! We'll provide the soundtrack to summer as you kick back and enjoy a range of platters and casual ... more
  • Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 28 Jan 2021 5:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    A 3 hours class focuses on the creation of elegant macarons, from start to finish using the Italian Meringue method and filling with different ganaches (salted butter caramel, chocolate). We work through the steps ... more
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    Sat 6 Feb 2021 3:00PM / Pop
    For one night only...playing in the Hawke's Bay with our beautiful winery as the backdrop. The legendary band - Dragon purveyors of Antipodean anthems and Australian Rock since 1973. Thousands of shows, tons of ... more
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    Fri 5 Feb 2021 6:00PM / Electronica
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    Sun 10 Jan 2021 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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    Sat 5 Dec 2020 9:00AM / Markets and Fairs
    New Zealand's original farmers market, the Black Barn Growers’ Market has been running for more than 14 years and has become a ‘must-do’ for locals and visitors alike on Saturday Mornings through summer. Open ... more
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    Fri 12 Feb 2021 7:30PM / Theatre
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    Sat 13 Feb 2021 1:00PM / Festivals
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    Sat 6 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Reggae
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    Wed 17 Feb 2021 7:00AM / Business & Professional
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    Thu 18 Feb 2021 8:00PM / Jazz
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    Wed 17 Feb 2021 7:45AM / Business & Professional
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    Thu 11 Feb 2021 6:00PM / Education
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    Sat 20 Feb 2021 7:00PM / Pop
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    Thu 25 Feb 2021 5:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
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