Anyone cruising into Napier Port this season can look forward to a visit they won’t forget. Whether it’s for a few hours or a full day, there are plenty of options to enjoy the region’s wine and food culture, Art Deco heritage, stunning landscapes and wildlife activities.
When it comes to planning your ultimate day in sunny Hawke’s Bay, the expert team at Napier isite have you covered and we recommend letting our team plan your day in advance. The options are endless, but to give you a little taste, here are five of our top things to do while visiting.
Visit the world’s largest, most accessible Gannet Colony and get as close as a few feet away from these remarkable birds.
The gannets ignore human beings, but are ferocious hunters of fish. Their plummeting dives and ritual dance of recognition are a must see. The birds arrive at the colony late August and their chicks hatch from late November to early December. They then migrate again in March/April.
Join the thousands of people who take a guided Art Deco walk each year with the Art Deco Trust. Delve into the fascinating history of Napier’s pre and post-earthquake buildings as you take an easy stroll through the compact Art Deco Quarter in the vibrant city centre.
For the ultimate Art Deco experience, book an Art Deco Vintage Car Tour – you’ll be driven around Napier’s suburbs in style, visiting iconic landmarks and learning about how the wider city was affected by the earthquake.
This award-winning museum is a must-visit if you want to learn about Hawke’s Bay’s history and bear witness to some astounding art, culture and social history exhibitions.
There is a large permanent exhibition of the 1931 earthquake, where objects, archives and a documentary tell the stories about how this disaster impacted on the people, townships and the local landscape. This is a great exhibition to visit before or after an art deco tour. Also displayed is the region’s stunning Taonga Māori exhibition, complemented by changing art and social history stories in additional galleries. Entry is free and they’re found right in the centre of town just a few steps from the isite.
A perfect activity for all ages - discover an exciting world above and below the water at the National Aquarium of New Zealand which is home to 100+ aquatic and land animals.
Visit Penguin Cove and watch their world famous Little Penguins feed and play, and find out who is Penguin of the Month!
Almost within touching distance you can watch kiwi foraging on the forest floor of their habitat and tuatara, the unique New Zealand lizard considered a living dinosaur found only in islands off the New Zealand mainland. Then see sharks, stingrays and fish swimming over you in the 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel.
We highly recommend their popular Little Penguin Close Encounter (daily at 1pm), Terrapin Close Encounter (daily at 1pm) and Guided Tours (daily at 10am). Booking is essential and spaces get snapped up!
Let one of our experienced local operators guide you on a memorable experience full of fun and discovery as you visit a selection of Hawke's Bay boutique wineries, craft breweries and/or artisan food producers.
Or, if you are feeling energetic – go further, see more - hire a bike! Make your way to a winery and enjoy the scenery as you coast along Hawke’s Bay’s flat, fun pathways.
Like we say, for a day in Napier, the options for activities are endless – not to mention the array of cuisine and shopping on offer as well. Don’t waste valuable time trying to build an itinerary on your own – reach out to our expert team in advance of your trip.
For certain tours and activities, spaces are limited so our advice is to get in early so you don’t miss out. We’re also located right in town so once your vessel docks in Napier Port, hop on the bus that will drop you right outside the isite and our team will be here to help.
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