Your journey starts in Napier, Hawkes Bay. Napier, the regional centre is an art deco showpiece with its 1930’s architecture, pastel colours and curved walls. The Art Deco style of Napier and Hasting is an architectural gem making Hawkes Bay and Gisborne popular for heritage buffs. The coastal beaches are the habitat of gannets and sea birds attracting birders and wildlife fans alike. The area is a bicultural pulse of Aotearoa New Zealand with a Maori lived experience offering visitors to participate in a unique cultural experience away from the tourist areas of Rotorua.
For more information what to see and do in Napier check Napier city guide.
The highway between Napier and Taupo can be travelled in reserve, simply check the bottom of the trip guide and work backwards. The journey with no stops or detours is approximately 2 ½ – 3 hours depending on traffic conditions.
Check travel pack section for Napier – Taupo heritage trail brochure.
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