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

By Chris McLennan

Stroll through bucolic gardens in Napier.
Napier
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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  • Napier Soundshell, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 18 Jul 2020 4:30PM / Family Entertainment
    Celebrate Matariki Maori New Year to welcome the appearance of the Matariki star cluster in the early morning sky at this time of the year. It's time to give thanks for the harvest and remember loved ones. Matariki ... more
  • The Faraday Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Mon 6 Jul 2020 10:00AM / Education
    Morse Code is an old coding system used to send messages all over the world. Today it's a fun way to send notes, or messages to your friends and family. During this workshop you will learn how to send secret messages ... more
  • Vinci's Pizza, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 22 Jul 2020 5:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Winter Wine Walk Series: Napier For one night only restaurants in Napier will be hosting wineries as pop-up cellar doors. This is your chance to try some of Hawke's Bays best wines in your favourite local eateries. ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 8 Aug 2020 8:30PM / Classic Rock
    Experience NZ's Premier Eagles tribute! Party to 30 of the Eagles best hits. Performed in chronological order from their early country roots, through to Joe Walsh inspired rock anthems. Five-piece band recreates the ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 26 Jul 2020 5:00PM / Comedy
    Guy Williams is coming to do stand up in Napier, returning to the city as a hero, after he solved the mystery of the two countdowns that are directly across the road from each other... kinda. Not really sure what else ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 24 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    From Sir Sydney Nolan’s epic paintings to Peter Carey’s Booker-winning novel, Ned Kelly has come a long way to find himself thundering on horseback across a barren moonlit landscape, dressed only in boots and a ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 25 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    After conquering Cannes with Shoplifters, Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu breathlessly transposes his beloved cinema of families, food and slow-burning truths to Paris, with an all-star cast led by two doyennes of the ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 25 Jul 2020 11:00AM / Film
    After being scammed into bankruptcy, a community of working-class Argentines band together to devise the ultimate payback – an elaborate money heist inspired by the movies – in Sebastián Borensztein’s winning ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 25 Jul 2020 2:00PM / Film
    A revelation at the French box office that’s also bound to resonate with heartland New Zealanders, In the Name of the Land humanely and bittersweetly celebrates the life of a stoic farmer over four decades of struggle. ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 12 Aug 2020 7:30PM / Classical Music
    This year the New Zealand String Quartet are celebrating a massive composer with a massive tour. The 2020 National Tour brings Beethoven back on his 250th birthday, travelling throughout New Zealand between June and ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 14 Aug 2020 8:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Misty Mountain Productions presents "Fade To Black" The Metallica Experience. Come and experience the 2 hour + live raw power show that Metallica fans deserve. First show in "The Bay" for 3 years All the "Heavy Hits" ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 26 Jul 2020 11:00AM / Film
    Ginevra Elkann’s lovely directorial debut, set in the early 90s and based on her own childhood, finds three siblings arriving in Rome from Paris on a visit to their unreliable father, where family tensions and ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 26 Jul 2020 2:00PM / Film
    The acclaimed director of The Sea Inside returns with his most handsomely mounted film yet, an expansive yet deep-focus drama detailing events around the Spanish Civil War and the rise of Franco’s fascist ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 26 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    A female-centric, intergenerational haunted house story of the highest order, Relic takes the terrifying conceit of senile dementia and transforms it into a supernatural entity that engulfs sufferers and those who care ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 29 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    In the increasing public discourse on mental health, Leanne Pooley’s inspiring and fearless documentary tracks an extraordinary young woman’s journey from suicide survivor to advocate for those struggling. The fact ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 31 Jul 2020 7:00PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    He is back!! The king of Kings, NZ House of Drag Season 1 winner HUGOGrrrL, with two of the Bays fabulous Queens Carla Rowe and Miz Pitch. Also featuring CHERRY BOMB and The BELLISHUS Performers. Tickets available ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 1 Aug 2020 6:00PM / Film
    Director Anna Marbrook honours the last voyage of the great waka maker, sailor and mentor Ema Siope, whose journeys between Aotearoa and Sāmoa in search of healing, and her family’s reckoning with systemic abuse, are ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Mon 27 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    Premiering their forthcoming web series as a special festival presentation, director Max Currie (Everything We Loved, NZIFF14) and writer Cole Meyers’ queer and trans-positive drama swells with character and heart. ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 31 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    In this bright, affirmative lesbian teen rom-com, a girl awkwardly angles for the attention of her high school crush with a little help from the ghost of her aunt, a queer activist with a poignant history in the fight ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 28 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    An ex-con masquerading as a priest works to heal the wounds of a grieving congregation with his unorthodox brand of faith and forgiveness in this darkly compelling Oscar-nominated Polish drama. In Jan Komasa’s ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 30 Jul 2020 2:00PM / Film
    From Sir Sydney Nolan’s epic paintings to Peter Carey’s Booker-winning novel, Ned Kelly has come a long way to find himself thundering on horseback across a barren moonlit landscape, dressed only in boots and a ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 30 Jul 2020 6:00PM / Film
    Something completely different from the director of Beasts of the Southern Wild (NZIFF12), this swirling, kaleidoscopic take on the adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland is uniquely for both mature kids and ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 31 Jul 2020 2:00PM / Film
    It is predictably Nordic that a film portraying the struggle for justice against a mafia-like co-operative in a windblown Icelandic hamlet, where the elements have etched the passage of time into the handsome but ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 1 Aug 2020 2:00PM / Film
    Saudi superstar director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s latest is a winning homecoming; a seriocomic look at the daily struggles of a doctor running for council – and her fellow women and outsiders – within an Islamic society ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 2 Aug 2020 2:00PM / Film
    The saga of The Band, whose iconic farewell concert was immortalised in The Last Waltz, continues to captivate in this new documentary shaped from the perspective of guitarist-songwriter Robbie Robertson, only one of two ... more
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