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Things to do in Napier

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Food
“One of the oldest wineries in New Zealand. Very gorgeous old building, a must to visit ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Zoo
“Visit Penguin Cove and watch the famous naughty and good Little Penguins feed and play. See sharks, stingrays and fish swimming over you in the 1.5 million litre oceanarium tunnel. Spot New Zealand’s native wildlife – the Kiwi and Tuatara. Place of the Trawlermen sculpture Daily feeding times are 10.00am for the reef fish, 2pm for the sharks and the Little Penguins at 9.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Museum
“This modern museum is free to enter and is filled with fascinating wonders. Situated in the heart of Napier City, it will appeal to the young and old alike. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
“A favourite bar of ours in Napier. Tucked away down a side alley (kinda like Melbourne bars) it is a relaxed, funky little place. Good wine selection, interesting beers, cocktails and a small but delicious tapas style menu. Price level $$”
  • 28 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful extraordinary food. "Infusing Hawke's Bay Produce with far flung ideas to create dishes which will often surprise and always delight" Dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Lunch Friday - Sunday 40 Hastings Street. (06) 834 4309”
  • 19 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Established in 1987, owner-operated Clearview Estate is located in Te Awanga on the Cape Coast Hawke’s Bay cycle trail. The Estate's ‘Red Shed’ Restaurant and cellar door are long-established havens of Mediterranean inspired hospitality. Showcasing our full range of estate produced wines, the restaurant offers brunch, lunch, seasonal tasting platters, and weddings events and celebrations. Pop your bike in the racks and relax in the courtyard amongst the vines, or inside beside the wood fire during colder days. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Cool store of Art Deco stuff. Video of 1931 earthquake. Good for souvenirs.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Sublocality
“Ahuriri is the old port sector of Napier. Like other cities, the area has turned into a trendy hub with boutique shopping and great cafe's. You will find a sandy beach here to enjoy the sun.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Thirsty Whale offers superb 'dockside' location, outdoor decking, mezzanine restaurant with sea views, a private and secluded Harpoon restaurant,”
  • 20 locals recommend
Playground
“It is compulsory for everyone who stays at Chambers on Emerson to take a stroll up Emerson Street and check out the Marine Parade! Make sure you head north and wander out on to the Pier for great views to Mahia looking north and Cape Kidnappers to the South. Walk through the sunken gardens then continue south past Bay Skate and check out the recent developments and plantings. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The I SITE is a fabulous way to find information regarding visiting Hawkes Bay. find the perfect tour or activities ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“Once the site of an artillery battery, this historic lookout provides sweeping views of the ocean.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great coffee and a good food menu in the Ahuriri suburb close to Napier past the port.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Spa
“Relax in warm pool/ spa pool or swim lengths in cooler pool - while overlooking the ocean. Cafe food and drinks. Also a gym with ocean views and sauna”
  • 19 locals recommend
Place to shop
“This supermarket is an easy walk where you will find a good selection of grocery items.”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Napier. A Napier destination. Famous for its doughnuts with the fillings supplied in syringes on the side for injecting. Also does delicious French inspired cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner”
  • 33 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful extraordinary food. "Infusing Hawke's Bay Produce with far flung ideas to create dishes which will often surprise and always delight" Dinner Wednesday - Sunday. Lunch Friday - Sunday 40 Hastings Street. (06) 834 4309”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Thirsty Whale offers superb 'dockside' location, outdoor decking, mezzanine restaurant with sea views, a private and secluded Harpoon restaurant,”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great coffee and a good food menu in the Ahuriri suburb close to Napier past the port.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
“On the waterfront in Ahururi. Sit on the deck and enjoy a beverage and a meal . Wonderful spot on a nice day. If the weather is not so good the indoor fire is welcoming”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Ahuriri/Napier. Lovely cafe by the sea, great and interesting food options, close to the boardwalk for a stroll. Good for breakfast, bruch and lunch. Sometimes offers dinner too.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Fish & Chip Shop
“Excellent food, great vibe. Is often very hard to get in, so suggest you call and make a reservation.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great curries. Great food. . . . . and one of New Zealand’s finest collection of Whiskeys - look out for their “Whiskey Night” tastings !”
  • 8 locals recommend

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