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How to Spend 1 Day in Napier

How to Spend 1 Day in Napier

A small city in Hawke’s Bay on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Napier is blessed with natural, cultural, and culinary attractions. With a tightly packed itinerary, you can experience the city’s art deco architecture, superlative wine, and waterfront dining in one day. Here’s how.

Morning: Art Deco Architecture

Destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and reconstructed in the art deco style of the day, Napier is famous throughout New Zealand for its architecture. Spend the morning taking in such highlights as the National Tobacco Company Building, the Daily Telegraph Building, and the Masonic Hotel on an art and architecture tour of the city, either by foot, electric bike, or vintage car. 

Afternoon: Visit a Vineyard

Although wine is made throughout New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay is the country’s oldest winemaking region, with the first grapes planted in the 1850s. A single afternoon may not be enough time to tour the whole of Hawke’s Bay, but you can sample several of the region’s finest vintages on a half-day tour. Wineries near Napier and its sister city, Hastings, showcase the region’s famous reds, and many also house restaurants that serve delicious food made from local produce. 

Night: Waterfront Barhopping

Its history and status at the center of the Hawke’s Bay winemaking region means that Napier has some lovely wine bars. If you’ve had enough wine for one day, though, turn your attention to New Zealand (and imported) beers and crafty cocktails instead. Spend the evening exploring the Ahuriri Waterfront area, with a high concentration of bars and restaurants, and harbor views to boot. 

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Half Day Small-Group Hawkes Bay Wine Tour

Half Day Small-Group Hawkes Bay Wine Tour

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Drive around the sunny Hawkes Bay and get a taste of the region’s well-regarded wines on this small group tour. There’s no need to choose a sober driver – get chauffeured around a handful of Hawkes Bay wineries on this tour, leaving you free to sample as many wines as you want. Learn how to translate winemaking jargon from your guide and enjoy wine-tasting like a professional. Beat the heat as you drive between wineries in an air-conditioned minivan.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Napier Afternoon Wine Tour + Optional Beer Tasting

Napier Afternoon Wine Tour + Optional Beer Tasting

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Fine-tune your appreciation of New Zealand wine on this afternoon tour of the Hawkes Valley wine region from Napier. Enjoy tours and tastings at several vineyards including New Zealand's oldest winery. After strolling the vineyards of the Linden Estate, end the day with wine cheese and biscuits amongst the vines during the summer season.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Napier Art Deco Vintage Car Tour from Napier Art Deco Trust

Napier Art Deco Vintage Car Tour from Napier Art Deco Trust

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Tour Napier’s distinctive Art Deco heritage in style on this vintage car tour of the city. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the 1930s as you drive past some of the city’s must-see buildings in a vintage Packard car. Your local guide will tell you all about the earthquake of 1931 and the Art Deco architecture that emerged afterwards, so you can just relax in the back seat.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Ahuriri Loop Tour incl Taradale Wineries - Self-Guided

Ahuriri Loop Tour incl Taradale Wineries - Self-Guided

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This self-guided cycling tour is a great introduction to Hawke’s Bay—New Zealand’s surf-heavy, wine-friendly western North Island coast. It’s a 25-mile (40-kilometer) loop trail that starts at the historic port area of Ahuriri and passes Napier’s Art Deco buildings, inland riverbanks, pretty countryside, wineries, and a wildlife reserve.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Napier Half-Day small group Wine and Beer Tour

Napier Half-Day small group Wine and Beer Tour

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Visit three wineries and a beloved local ale house on a half-day tour that’s all about Napier wine and beer. Taste wines at each destination, from the country’s oldest winery to a boutique winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a comprehensive tour, then visit a wine museum built into underground wine fermentation tanks. The small-group tour wraps up with three glasses of cider or beer at an ale house in Napier’s historic center, and it includes round-trip transportation from the city center.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Napier Earthquake Self-Guided Audio Tour

Napier Earthquake Self-Guided Audio Tour

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This informative and historical self-guided audio tour of the Napier Earthquake will take you on a journey to the past to see the areas that were devastated by the 1931 earthquake in Hawke's Bay and how they have recovered. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this exciting city. To discover this wonderful city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. The tour will take approximately two hours, but you can pause the audio guide when needed. Grab a bite to eat or do some shopping along the way. Please note that this tour is only available in English.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Guided 10am Morning Art Deco Walk From Napier Art Deco Trust

Guided 10am Morning Art Deco Walk From Napier Art Deco Trust

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Start your day with an easygoing walking tour around Napier’s Art Deco Quarter. Visit some of Napier’s iconic art deco buildings and hear from your guide about the people and events that shaped them. If you’ve just arrived in Napier, this is a great opportunity to get your bearings and see a different side of the city’s distinct architecture.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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