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Napier, New Zealand's See & Do

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Cape Kidnappers, Clifton 4172, New Zealand

This dramatic sandstone headland is not only gorgeous in its own right, it's also home to 6,500 Australasian gannets, distinguished by their two-meter (six-foot) wingspans, golden yellow heads and a serious lack of coordination on land. But once...

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7 Tennyson St, Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
From the devastation of the 7.9-magnitude earthquake that leveled Napier in 1931 emerged one of the finest collections of Art Deco buildings on the planet—about 140, in fact—constructed during the height of the Great Depression. You can see and...
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Napier, New Zealand
Thanks to ongoing redevelopment, this historic pine-tree-lined waterfront promenade has been polished into fine form. Visitors can walk or bike its designated paths to discover an array of sights and attractions, such as Art Deco buildings and...
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100 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
The Napier coastline is relatively flat and perfect for biking, so if two-wheeled sightseeing is your thing, tackling portions of the Hawke's Bay Trail—in particular the Rotary Pathway, which runs along the Marine Parade—is the perfect way to...
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Te Mata Peak Rd, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
Rising 399 meters (1,310 feet) above Hawke's Bay, about 24 kilometers (15 miles) from Napier, Te Mata Peak has been protected since 1927. Its full name, Te Mata o Rongokako (The Face of Rongokako), is from a Maori legend that portrayed the hill as...
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Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
With 72 wineries on the Hawke's Bay Wine Trail, oenophiles can have their chardonnay—and their merlot and syrah, too. The oldest wine region in New Zealand is known for its bordeaux blends (it sits at a latitude equivalent to the French region),...
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
There's no shortage of photogenic flora in Napier, but visitors can enjoy a fragrant respite in the Sunken Gardens, located below street level along the Marine Parade. Dating back to the 1960s but renovated in 2001, the gardens' paths that wind...
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Clifton 4172, New Zealand
Depending on your devotion to the game—or more precisely, your budget—the Hawke's Bay area has a course for you. The par-71 Tom Doak–designed Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, stunningly set atop sandstone cliffs, is spectacular and definitely a...
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Marine Parade, Napier 4110, New Zealand
What is considered the country's first aquarium began as an enterprise by local fishermen on the Marine Parade in 1956 and was expanded into the National Aquarium in 2002 with the construction of a NZ$8 million facility. Its showpiece is a...
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28 Browning St, Napier South, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Constructed between 1955 and 1965—with three final stained-glass windows installed in 2005—this white cathedral is a wonderful example of modernist architecture. The windows are of particular note: They were designed by Beverley Shore-Bennett (who...