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All our Spacious Luxury Apartments contain Full kitchens with oven, microwave & dishwasher, Dining area with table & chairs, Large lounge with Luxury Leather 5 seating lounge suite & Sky Digital TV with 11 channels, Air conditioning, Spa baths in all Apartments,
   

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Sightseeing
  • Art Deco Guided Walk, 1 or 2 hours

  • Gannet Colony visit, half day

  • Wine tour, full day or half day

  • Climb the hill to the place with the longest place name in the world, half day

  • Visit Silky Oaks Chocolate Museum, 1 hour

  • National Aquarium of New Zealand, 2 hours

  • Visit the neighbouring town of Hastings and enjoy the numerous art galleries and craft shops

Drive Times

Napier – Rotorua, 4 hours
Napier – Wellington, 5 hours


Population: 58,000

Napier is the Art Deco crown in the Hawkes Bay wine country.  A devastating earthquake on 3 February 1931 levelled the existing town killing 162 townspeople.  The subsequent fires destroyed what the 7.9 Richter Scale quake did not.  Some 4,000 hectares of seabed was also raised up and became dry land, which today supports the airport, residential and industrial development.  The city that emerged from the rubble was the most up to the minute design of the time – Art Deco.  Many of these wonderful old buildings are lovingly preserved and still in use today and create a city of great beauty and character.  Napier is indeed the Art Deco Capital of the world.  Wildlife is also abundant, and nearby Cape Kidnappers hosts the largest mainland Gannet nesting colony, a sight, sound and smell which must be experienced first hand.

 
History and Culture

Maori tribes in this area were some of the first to come into contact with European settlers.  These traders, whalers and missionaries were followed in the 1850’s by farmers, and hotel keepers.  The crown purchased the Ahuriri Block, including the site Napier in 1851.  In 1854 Mr Alfred Domett was appointed Commissioner of Crown Lands and Resident Magistrate.  A plan was prepared and the town named Napier, after Sir Charles Napier, the hero of the Battle of Meeanee in the Indian province of Scinde.  Domett named many of the streets in this settlement to commemorate the great colonial era of the British Indian Empire.  He also displayed his own literary preferences by naming streets after famous artists and literary figures.  Between 1852 and 1876 Napier was the administrative centre for the Hawke's Bay Provincial Government but in 1876 the Abolition of Provinces Act dissolved Provincial Government, replacing it with one central assembly in Wellington.

On Tuesday 3 February 1931 Napier, in common with most of the Hawke's Bay district, suffered a disastrous earthquake 2.5 minutes in length.  The earthquake rocked the town almost totally levelling all buildings in the inner city, killing 162 people (a total of 258 in the Hawke's Bay area), and raising some areas of land by as much as 8 feet.  Some 4,000 hectares of sea-bed became dry land and today this sites not only the airport, but also residential and industrial property developments.  The extensive rebuilding that took place in the 1930's is the reason for the Art Deco flavour in the City.

Hawke's Bay is the largest crossbred wool centre in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest apple, pear and stonefruit producing areas in New Zealand.  As well as this, there is a very large frozen meat, wool pulp and timber trade passing through Napier's Port.  It is also the country’s oldest winemaking region and New Zealand’s leading producer of award winning red wines.  Some of the most notable wineries are: Mission Estate, venue for at least one big annual concert, Te Mata Estate, Morton Estate Riverview Winery, Gunn Estate and Corban’s Hawkes Bay Winery.

For more information about Napier and the region, click through to our Discover New Zealand Hawkes Bay Region section

 

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