Recognised for its local award winning wines, Napier is more than just vines and grapes. This sunny seaside city is considered the Art Deco capital of the world.
The Hawkes Bay regional airport is located in Napier making this the gateway for exploring ‘the Bay’.
‘The Bay’ is also home to the world’s longest place name, Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
Some favourite activities include wine tours, hot air ballooning, water rafting, walking trails, kayaking and a vast array of bike trails.
Napier is home to New Zealand’s oldest wineries and wine-making establishments.
If you are visiting Napier on a cruise ship, there are many Shore Excursions to choose from.
Stroll down Marine Parade, adjacent to the waters edge, to experience parks, gardens and memorials.
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Hawke’s Bay cycle trails:
The Napier area offers countless cycle trails including one of the 23 Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail. There are trails lasting from only 30 minutes to 4 days. With a climate ideally suited for all kinds of cycling, you are almost spoilt for choice.
Napier is home to an extensive number of vineyards, including New Zealand’s oldest operating winery. The range of premium award winning wines produced in this area is outstanding. You can either self-tour the region (in conjunction with a Hawke’s Bay food and wine trail map) or select one of the many professionally guided wine tours. There are over 30 wineries located close to Napier offering wine tasting with many of these providing alfresco and restaurant dining.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions in Napier:
Choose from a variety of Shore Excursions specifically designed and created for cruise ship passengers visiting Napier.
The Mohaka River offers class 2-5 rapids. The breathtaking scenery is matched by the thrills on the water.
A range of rafting options are available from 1-day to 3-day expeditions. The 3-day option includes a helicopter transfer into the Kaweka Forest from where you raft down the Mohaka River over 3 relaxed days; with highlights featuring a 1-night camp at thermal pools and rafting on grade 3 and grade 2 water.
Cape Kidnappers for golfing:
Designed by world renowned golf architect Tom Doak, and completed in 2004, the stunning Cape Kidnappers Golf Course is referred to as a modern marvel in golf and is listed as one of the top 50 courses in the world.
Kayaking is popular on the Mohaka or Tukituki Rivers. Guided kayaking tours provide access to some amazing departure points on the river and ensure this will be a memorable adventure.
Hot air ballooning in the Bay:
For an amazing and literally uplifting experience, consider a hot air balloon safari. These are available from different launching locations through out the region.
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