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How to Spend 2 Days in Napier

How to Spend 2 Days in Napier

Two days in the small city of Napier, in the heart of New Zealand’s oldest winemaking region, is enough time to tour its highlights and devote a day to the nectar of the gods. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours in this North Island town.

Day 1: City Highlights

**Morning:**Devastated by an earthquake in 1931, much of Napier was rebuilt in the art deco style, and today the city is well-known for its architecture. Spend the morning touring the city’s art deco highlights on a small-group tour, on foot or by bike or vintage car. 

**Afternoon:**Dive in to Napier’s history this afternoon on a guided or self-guided tour of Napier Prison, New Zealand’s oldest jail. Then—especially if you’re traveling with children—get up close to penguins and kiwis at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, or just take a stroll along Marine Parade to enjoy the sea views.

**Night:**Get your first taste of locally produced wine at a wine bar with a view. The Ahuriri Waterfront area is the place to go at night, with harbor views and plenty of bars and restaurants. But don’t overdo it, as there are more wine-related activities on the agenda tomorrow.

Day 2: Hawke’s Bay Vineyards

**Morning and Afternoon:**Make your second day in Napier all about the famous wine produced in Hawke’s Bay. Choose a guided tour, which ensures that everyone in the group can enjoy wine tasting without reservation, or rent a bicycle and ride from vineyard to vineyard. Hawke’s Bay is especially famous for its red wines, and many vineyards have restaurants that serve delicious local food to pair with their wines. Time your visit around lunch or dinnertime to make the most of the Hawke’s Bay vineyard experience.

**Night:**Those who aren’t having dinner at a vineyard can head back into Napier for the evening. If it’s summer and warm outside, take advantage of the long daylight hours by grabbing some local fish-and-chips and eating them along Marine Parade, taking in the views along the 1.8-mile (3-kilometer) waterfront. 

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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
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Napier Gourmet Luncheon including Afternoon Wine Tour

Napier Gourmet Luncheon including Afternoon Wine Tour

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Travel with a small group to three or four separate wineries in Napier. This 6-hour tour introduces you to a range of varietals including a glass of wine and chef's platter lunch at the Mission Estate Winery, followed by Church Road Winery (during the winter season), Urban Winery including optional craft beer tasting. Finish with wine, cheese, and crackers out amongst the vines.
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  • 6 hours
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Full Day Small-Group Hawke's Bay Wine Tour

Full Day Small-Group Hawke's Bay Wine Tour

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Take a break from sightseeing and escape the city crowds on this small-group tour around a handful of Hawkes Bay wineries. Instead of going into each tasting blind and struggling through the jargon, get guidance and recommendations from your guide so you can get the most out of your day. You don’t need to worry about drawing the short straw and being your group’s sober driver, either—instead, get around Hawkes Bay in an air-conditioned minivan driven by your guide.
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  • 6 hours to 6 hours 30 minutes
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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
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Cape Winery Cycle Tour - 6 wineries, self-guided

Cape Winery Cycle Tour - 6 wineries, self-guided

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Biking is a great way to visit wineries and explore Hawke’s Bay. With this tour, explore more than 10 miles (16 kilometers) of scenic, bike-friendly paths at your own pace, stopping at some of the region’s finest wine producers along the way. Opt for an available wine purchase pick-up service, so you won’t have to lug bottles around on a bicycle.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided 2pm Afternoon Art Deco Walk from Napier Art Deco Trust

Guided 2pm Afternoon Art Deco Walk from Napier Art Deco Trust

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Napier is well-known for its art deco buildings, but not many people know the stories behind those buildings. On this comprehensive walking tour through the city’s Art Deco Quarter, hear those stories from your guide and see a different side of the buildings that surround you. New visitors can get acquainted with the city center and find out some of its secrets.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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