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Must do's include The Art Deco Walk around our lovely 'Art Deco' city and a Wine Tour, either guided or D.I.Y.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand is situated on Marine Parade and well worth a visit, you can even get in and feed the sharks! You can also see NZ's native Kiwi bird.
There is a Sunday Market on Marine Parade in Napier or alternitavely you could go to the Farmer's Market in Hastings. selling local produce and plenty of free samples!! In the summer there is also a Saturday Farmer's market at Havelock North.
Fishbike Rental Bicycles are based on Napier’s Marine Parade (on the beach) next to the Ocean Spa complex, 200 metres from the 'Te Pania' Scenic Circle Hotel. Prices are from $15 per hour. (Same as last year). You are fortunate to arrive in a cycle friendly province - Hawke’s Bay has over 80km’s of off road cycle pathway thanks to the efforts of Rotary Clubs, Local / Regional Councils and the New Zealand Cycle Trail project. Contractors are working hard to complete another 40kms of cycle trail (“The water Trail”) for you the visitor.It is easy to explore the area by bicycle, in essence Hawke’s Bay is flat, apart from Bluff Hill in Napier and the hills around Havelock North. That means 80% of the Hawke’s Bay Trails are graded as “Easy” and on flat land. Fishbike have a modern fleet of comfort hybrid bicycles for rent and there a number of packages, check further in the website for details.
Napier Prison Tours is a fun and interesting way to explore the historic prison. Daily tours.
Te Mata Peak, just 20mins drive away offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the whole of Hawkes Bay and the sandy surf beaches of Waimarama and Ocean beach are just 15 mins further on!
Also a must do is a visit to the Gannets. Check out with the Napier Visitor Centre how to get there and which times of the year you can visit these fantastic birds.
Don't forget to check out the great array of trendy cafes in Napier: Adoro Cafe(on their new location 143 Hastings Street), Cafe Divine (cnr. Hastings Street / Tennyson Street), DMP (Dickens Street), Groove Kitchen (Tennyson Street), Ujazi (Tennyson Street) and ZiggZagg (cnr Emerson Street / Clive Square) to name a few.
For evening dining there are some great restaurants on Marine Parade (centre): Mint, Pacifica, Exchange Brasserie (fine dining options) Lone Star, MED and Hog's Breath (casual dining) and Restaurant Indonesia and Thien Thai Restaurant (Asian dining). Alternatively you can explore the restaurants in Ahuriri.
One gallery which you really shouldn't miss when visiting Napier is Statements Gallery (corner Hastings Street / Tennyson Street)
This is just a small sample of what we have on offer... come and see for yourself!