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Discovering the Best of Napier

By Betsy Burlingame

William Russell
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Summary: Discover the charm of Napier with our guide to the city's top attractions, culinary hotspots, and vibrant nightlife. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, we'll also help you find the best recreational activities to enjoy, and offer advice on making lasting connections with the friendly locals.

Experience Napier - Discovering the Best of Napier

Welcome to Napier! If you're planning to move to Napier, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Napier has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Napier.

Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand's North Island, is renowned for its Art Deco architecture, a result of rebuilding efforts following a devastating earthquake in 1931. The city's Art Deco Trust offers guided walking tours that take visitors through Napier's architectural gems, including the Daily Telegraph Building and the Municipal Theatre. The National Tobacco Company Building, with its intricate façade, is another must-see. The city also hosts the annual Napier Art Deco Festival, a celebration of its unique architectural heritage.

For nature lovers, the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve offers a chance to see the world's largest mainland gannet colony. The reserve can be reached via a guided tour or a challenging hike. The Hawke's Bay region, where Napier is located, is also one of New Zealand's leading wine-producing areas. Many vineyards, such as Mission Estate and Church Road Winery, offer wine tasting tours. The Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery, also known as MTG Hawke's Bay, showcases the region's history and culture.

Napier's restaurant and nightlife scene is vibrant and diverse, offering something for everyone. The Thirsty Whale Bar and Restaurant, located in Ahuriri, is a popular spot for its stunning harbour views, live music, and extensive menu. For a fine dining experience, Pacifica offers innovative dishes using locally sourced ingredients in a relaxed, beachfront setting. Bistronomy, helmed by award-winning chef James Beck, is known for its creative, seasonal menu and modernist cuisine.

For those who enjoy craft beer, the Speight's Ale House offers a range of beers brewed on-site, along with hearty pub fare. The Gintrap is a lively bar and café with a large selection of gins and a beautiful outdoor seating area. Emporium Eatery and Bar, located in the Art Deco Masonic Hotel, is a stylish spot for cocktails and tapas.

Recreational activities in Napier are largely centered around its beautiful natural surroundings. The city's Marine Parade, a tree-lined promenade along the waterfront, is perfect for walking, cycling, or simply enjoying the views. It also features the Sunken Gardens, a skate park, and the National Aquarium of New Zealand, home to a diverse range of marine life.

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, the Hawke's Bay Trails offer over 200km of cycling and walking paths that wind through the region's stunning landscapes. The trails pass through vineyards, along the coast, and by many of the region's attractions. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round at the Napier Golf Club, one of the oldest and most respected clubs in New Zealand.

Water sports are also popular in Napier, with opportunities for surfing, sailing, and fishing. The Napier Sailing Club offers sailing lessons and hosts regular races, while the Hawke's Bay Sea Kayak Club organizes group paddles and other events. For a more relaxed experience, the Ocean Spa complex features heated pools and spa facilities overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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