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Weekend in Napier: Varied Choice of Activities, a Premier Destination for Couples

You need a fedora hat, a love of all things pink, soft baby blue, an appetite for food and feast. Your life will be richer as you have:

  • Acquired fabulous possum clothing – all in a good cause
  • Explored Maori heritage site
  • Eaten as much as possible with a few sips of wine to help it all down
  • Relaxed into the vibe of the 1920’s with the assistance of Art Deco Napier

Trip Overview


Duration: 2 Days
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Getting around Napier

Vehicle either car or rented bike. Napier is a regional town with a scattered infrastructure making it difficult to get around the town without some form of personal transport. This weekend is designed to be undertaken in conjunction with a vehicle or bicycle.

Arrive Friday Afternoon - Evening

Settling in

Ahuriri boardwalk flying bird sculptures, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Ahuriri boardwalk flying bird sculptures, Napier, Hawke's Bay

Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track is going to get the taste buds working with a leisurely flat stroll at dusk to check out the local birdlife. Wading birds include shags, kingfishers, grey herons, royal spoonbills and pied stilts, estuary dwellers and the life between the water and land is on full view. Your walk follows the footsteps of people over hundreds of years harvesting the bounty of the sea and land. Up until 1931 earthquake the area was a large tidal inlet which was immediately raised 2.7 metres above sea level draining 5510 acres of the lagoon.

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Stay in Napier

Weekend accomodation

@East Pier Hotel
@East Pier Hotel

Ahuriri is a place imbued with history. Inhabited for hundreds of years the area provided shelter and food sources for Maori. The shallow harbour was safe anchorage for ships trading with the Hawkes Bay. Since the 1931 earthquake forced the relocation of the Port to its current site the area became a hub for industrial activity and warehousing. Today Ahuriri renaissance sees repurposed warehousing into retail outlets, shops and art stores. While Ahuriri architectural layers reflect the history of Napier today it is a place of relaxation and entertainment. The quintessential weekend destination makes Napier a popular choice year round for couples wanting a break.

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Saturday Morning

Art Deco Exploration

Art Deco street light, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Art Deco street light, Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Art Deco exploration is a must when visiting Napier. You will have stopped by the Ahuriri National Tobacco building to glimpse the combination of art nouveau curved doorway tipped with roses adorning an art deco sunburst. It is an elaborate confection of Art Deco now a photo favourite. Moving onto Napier’s waterfront your Art Deco exploration will discover the Soundshell public pavilion and the nearby statue of Pania of the Reef, (1950’s European view of Maori cultural narratives). Pania has echoes of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. The surrounding gardens continue to be faithfully planted in the art deco style. The marine parade majestic Norfolk pines are pencil lines down the parade, offering a counterpoint to the Soundshell curved raised public art space.

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Saturday Evening

Art escape

Sea Wall Mural in Napier, New Zealand
Sea Wall Mural in Napier

View the Seawalls street art, a project created to help bring the beauty and the plight of the world’s oceans into streets around the globe via art and activism. “Seawalls project took place in two stages: the first, in March 2016, saw national and international artists transform 29 blank walls in the CBD and Ahuriri.

Their work poignantly addressed such issues as over-fishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change and have an iconic feature of the city, bringing the immensity and fragility of the world’s oceans onto our streets – and into our minds.” Napier City Council.

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Dinner
@pacificarestaurant
@pacificarestaurant

Back on Marine Parade, Napier you will experience New Zealand on a plate tonight. Step inside a modest weathered, bright-blue bungalow that is home to Pacifica. Focusing on local produce, this is the place to find genuine NZ cuisine in a casual environment. From seating to food and exemplary service, this makes for a perfect cohesion involving all aspects of the dining experience. Relax and savour your Napier weekend.

Of Ngati Tuwharetoa & Ngapuhi descent, Jeremy is focused on “bringing old flavours forward; stuff of childhood memories, using techniques that are natural ” to him; whilst retaining the integrity of fresh ingredients.

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TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION

Vehicle either car or rented bike. Napier is a regional town with a scattered infrastructure making it difficult to get around the town without some form of personal transport.

This weekend is designed to be undertaken in conjunction with a vehicle or bicycle.

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