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  • General Information

    Other Name: Ahuriri , District: Napier , State: Hawkes Bay , New Zealand
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: English and Maori
    Long Distance Code: 06
    Importance: Napier''s major tourist attraction.
    Best Time to Visit: December to February and September
    International Access: Connected to all the major cities of New Zealand and rest of the world.
  • Description

    Napier is a port city in Hawke''s Bay, New Zealand. It has a population of 57,900 (June 2008 estimate).Twenty-two kilometres to the south lies Hastings, Napier''s twin city. The city is 332 kilometres (about four hours) northeast by road from the capital, Wellington. It has a population slightly smaller than the Hastings District, but as Hastings is administered as a district, Napier is the only official city in the Hawke''s Bay region. Napier is the largest crossbred wool centre in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest apple, pear and stone fruit producing areas in New Zealand. It has also become an important grape growing and wine production area with the fruit passing from the growers around Metropolitan Hastings and then to Napier for exporting. There are large frozen meat, wool, pulp and timber tonnages passing through Napier’s port.
  • Location

    The town is on the Bluff Hill headland and the surrounding plain at the southeastern edge of Hawke Bay, a large semi-circular bay that dominates the east coast of New Zealand''s North Island. The coastline of the town was substantially altered by a large earthquake in 1931. Several smaller towns lie close to the city, some of which (such as Taradale) are now little more than large suburbs. Other surrounding towns include Bay View, to the north, Clive, to the south, Flaxmere, west of Hastings, and Havelock North.
  • Climate

    The town enjoys some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand (second to Nelson,the warm, relatively dry climate the result of its location on the east coast, a Mediterranean climate delivered from the waters to the north, and its strategic position in Hawke''s Bay. Most of New Zealand''s weather patterns cross the country from the west, and the town lies in the rain shadow of the North Island Volcanic Plateau and surrounding ranges such as the Kaweka Range. However, the town is prone to the remnants of tropical cyclones from the central Pacific Ocean, which occasionally are still at storm strength by the time that they have reached Hawke''s Bay. Thunderstorms are not very common in Hawke''s Bay with less than 10 thunderstorms a year
The world''s finest sheepskin rugs, tanned and manufactured into premium products for your comfort and enjoyment from New Zealand''s leading sheepskin tannery. See how we tan sheepskins. Visit the factory shop for top-quality sheepskin products at amazingly low prices, plus a superb range of top-quality New Zealand souvenirs, possum/merino knitwear, accessories and much more.

Mission Estate is New Zealand''s oldest winery, located in Hawkes Bay with a well-respected reputation as a producer of consistent quality wines. Open 7 days, the beautiful old seminary building has been faithfully restored and is home to the Cellar Door, Mission Restaurant and the Gallery at the Mission. The Cellar Door offers tastings and a full range of award-winning wines and wine-related gifts, with historical tours being conducted twice daily.

Mission Estate''s world-class restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining where visitors can enjoy magnificent vineyard and city views, delicious cuisine, discerning service and award-winning wines. The restaurant also caters for weddings, corporate functions and special occasions. Cellar Door Sales: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4.30pm. Extended hours Labour Weekend and Easter. Tours: Daily 10.30am and 2pm. (Private historic wine tours must be pre-booked). Restaurant opend daily 10.30am until late.

The National Aquarium houses a reef tank, a travelator which spirals its way beneath the enormous oceanarium, creating the impression of a true underwater experience, and a typical New Zealand rocky shore environment. There are sharks, stingray and hundreds of fish species along with eels, trout, sea horse, turtles, tropical marine fish, kiwi, tuatara, and a crocodile on display. There is also a cafe and themed souvenir shop.

Vast ocean views, warm soothing water and leisure pools provide a relaxing and body-energizing experience for those who visit Napier''s premier hot pool complex, Ocean Spa.

Ocean Spa provides open-air hot pools year round including a 25m lap pool, 2 leisure pools, toddlers pool, outdoor and private indoor spas. The complex has expansive sea views through protective glass fencing. Also included in the complex is a steam room, sauna, sunbed, massage facility and Ocean Spa Beauty Therapy. Hire robes, swimwear and towels also available. Open Mon-Sat, 6am-10pm and Sun, 8am-10pm.

The Dome Apartments are Napier’s ultimate business address. These two luxurious penthouses offer a unique 5-star standard of accommodation. Centrally located atop the T & G building, an iconic Art Deco masterpiece, overlooking the cities elegant gardens and towering Norfolk pines on Marine Parade to the Pacific Ocean and beyond. With every amenity you would expect in a city penthouse, this is the perfect corporate base: large open plan living and dining room; dining table (Cape View seats 8, Deco Decant board room seats 10 – ''King Arthur Style''); Bose home theatre system; Sky TV/video/DVD; wireless broadband. Comfortably seating 10 guests at the deco round board table, the Dome dining room provides a peaceful and private business environment.