28 Best Napier Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, and is situated on the East Coast of the North Island. Prior to the 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, Napier had the most dramatic earthquake in New Zealand, in 1931, with a tsunami that destroyed the town. For a history of this time visit MTG HawkesBay.

Top Attractions

The Art Deco buildings that date from the 1930 post-earthquake rebuild are Napier’s best feature and top attraction. Many buildings have a distinct New Zealand theme due to the Maori motifs used in their facades. The Art Deco Trust runs walking tours to visit the pick of this architecture, with buildings like the Masonic lodge and the Criterion Hotel being prime examples. The waterfront, Marine Parade is also a highlight of the town, with Pania of the Reef gracing the shore.

Kids & Family

Take the kids out to Cape Kidnappers to see the world’s largest Gannet colony. There are also dramatic cliff views. Or go to the National Aquarium, also on Marine Parade. Go for a close encounter and meet New Zealand’s very special prehistoric Tuatara or the national icon, the Kiwi.

Day Tours

A wine tour in the Hawkes Bay will delight your palate as there are so many great wines available in this lovely area. It is an easy drive to Taupo for the day or follow the cap up to Gisborne.

28 Most Popular Attractions in Napier

1. Mission Estate Winery

  • Free
  • Mission Estate Winery, Church Road, Napier, New Zealand
  • Mon-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 10am-4:30pm
  • 2

Tickets & Tours

2. Ocean Spa Napier

  • Adults $10.70; Child $8
  • Ocean Spa, Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
  • Mon-Sat 6am-10pm; Sun 8am-10pm
  • 2

3. Church Road Winery

  • from $17.50 per person
  • Church Road Winery, Church Road, Napier, New Zealand
  • Daily tours 11am & 2pm
  • 2

Tickets & Tours

4. Faraday Centre

  • Adult $9, Child $2.50
  • Faraday Centre, Faraday Street, Napier, New Zealand
  • Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-1pm; Sat 9am-11:30am

5. Hawke’s Bay Airport

  • Free
  • (06) 835 6182
  • Hawke's Bay Airport, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • depending on arrival and departure times

6. Cape Kidnappers

  • Free
  • Cape Kidnappers, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Daily tours 9:20am-1:30pm
  • 3

7. Esk Valley Winery

  • Wine prices vary
  • Esk Valley Estate Limited, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm

8. Napier Prison

  • From Adults $20; Child $10
  • Napier Prison, Coote Road, Bluff Hill, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm
  • 1

9. Waiapu Anglican Cathedral

  • Free
  • Waiapu Anglican Centre, Bower Street, Napier, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm; Sun 8am-11:30am

10. Par2 Mini Golf

  • Adult $10; Child $6.90
  • Par2 MiniGolf, Marine Parade, Napier, New Zealand
  • Daily 9:30am-4:30pm
  • 1

11. MTG Hawke’s Bay

  • Adults $15; Child Free
  • MTG Hawke's Bay, Tennyson Street, Napier, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm

12. Brookfields Vineyards

  • Wine prices varies from $20-$50
  • Brookfields Vineyards (1977), Brookfields Road, Meeanee, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4pm

13. Trainworld Napier NZ

  • Free
  • Trainworld Model & Hobby, Dickens Street, Napier, New Zealand
  • Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

14. Moana Park Winery

  • Free
  • Moana Park Winery, Puketapu, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • 1

15. Te Mata Park

  • Free
  • Te Mata Park Gates, Te Mata Peak Road, New Zealand
  • Daily
  • 1


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