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Art Deco and Fine Wine at Your Own Pace
The best things to do in Napier
Having a car hire means you can tour around Napier at your own pace. Popular for its collection of Art Deco buildings, Napier plays host to the Tremains Art Deco Summer Festival every February when thousands of enthusiasts descend on the city for the weekend. The buildings can be admired year-round, and there are tours and a self-guided heritage walk available, to appreciate the beauty of the art deco era.
Take a Photo of Pania:
Located on the foreshore of Napier is the statue of Pania of the Reef, one of the most photographed attractions in New Zealand. The statue is dedicated to a Maori legend of forbidden love. Pania lived in the reef off the coast of Napier. By day she would frolic in the sea and at night would head into the river to rest. One night while resting alongside the river she spotted the handsome son of a Maori chief and they fell in love. Although they married, Pania could only spend nights with her lover. During the day, her family in the sea would call for her to return. In a desperate attempt to keep Pania by his side, the chief's son tried to trap her into remaining on land. Pania fled to the reef, never to see her husband again.
Napier is famous for wine, and houses the oldest wineries in New Zealand. The high concentration of wineries in a small area makes it a great place to tour.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand
The National Aquarium of New Zealand is based in Napier. It is a wonderful experience that gives visitors insight into the life of many sea creatures and their natural surroundings.
Te Mata Peak
A one-of-a-kind tourist spot. Go driving to the top of this peak for a fantastic view of beautiful scenery overlooking the Tukituki River.
Looking for some extreme adventure? Get here and you're in for a lot of fun and an adrenaline rush! Enjoy the scenic views of the river Mohaka, and feel the thrill raging through the grade II, III, and V waters. These trips also include cliff jumps, canyons, a raft tour through the Kaweka Forest Park... or simply relax in their thermal pools.
Waimarama and Ocean Beach
These great spots are 30 minutes drive from Napier, long beaches perfect for surfing, fishing and walking.