Just 500 metres from The White House is the National Aquarium of New Zealand for a truly exciting and informative underwater adventure. Visit the kiwi house, the penguins, the alligator exhibit or the seahorse display. Travel under the Oceanarium on the moving walkway and view many marine wonders gliding by. Or if you’re after some added excitement, you can swim with the sharks. And don’t forget to start or conclude your tour of the National Aquarium with a visit to the gift shop and the cafeteria for a delicious cup of coffee prepared with love by their professional barista.
Staying on Marine Parade and walking towards the CBD, you’ll find the Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre. Their friendly staff will be able to assist you with maps, brochures and advice on things to do and see in the region. They also act as booking agents for Art Deco walks, the gannet colony tours, fishing trips, wine-tasting tours, sheep-shearing demos, hot-air balloon rides, horse trekking, etc., etc.
Par2 MiniGolf is in the heart of Napier’s tourist zone, alongside Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre. Meet Seamore the Seagull at their sea-side MiniGolf courses. Challenge your friends and family for a round and return for a discounted game (same day).
Napier’s largest spectacle is no doubt the Art Deco Weekend in February. It includes over 200 events, hundreds of 1920s and 30s cars, aerobatic flying displays, steam train rides, a great Gatsby picnic, dinner dance extravaganzas and free outdoor concerts to name a few. Many thousands of guests and locals alike dressed in Deco style bring glamour to the City streets.
The New Zealand Wine Centre, located in Napier’s iconic AMP Building, offers the ultimate wine experience in New Zealand. For individuals, couples or groups, novice or connoisseur, it is the perfect place to experience everything and anything to do with wine. Hawke’s Bay is wine country.
Established in 1952, Gannet Beach Adventures has a long history of providing tours on a spectacular stretch of the Hawke’s Bay coastline, from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers. Our unique, fun eco-experience tour involves travel with local experienced guides by vintage tractors and trailers on a comfortable four-hour adventure to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world!
Departing on the days’ low tide, visitors travel by tractor and trailer along the majestically rugged coastline. Photographic opportunities abound as stops are made throughout the journey giving visitors an insight into how nature’s forces have shaped this amazing area.
With more than 30 vineyards and wineries open for the public, there is plenty to choose from. The best known wineries include Church Road Winery and Mission Estate Winery a little further down the same road. Mission Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery, with a well-respected reputation as a producer of consistent, high-quality wines.