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Things to do in Napier

Best attractions to visit in Napier

1. Te Mata Peak - Napier

Te Mata Peak

The Hastings suburb of Havelock North is built on the slopes of the peak. Te Mata Peak is a peak south of Hastings rising up to 399m in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. As the highest peak in the area, it offers views over the Heretaunga Plains, and Hawke's Bay, including Napier. On a clear day, the view stretches as far as Mount Ruapehu and Mahia Peninsula. A sealed road leads to the popular lookout at the summit, as well as several trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

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2. Otatara Pa Historic Reserve - Napier

Otatara Pa Historic Reserve

In the Taradale Hills on the edges of present day 'Craftsmanship Deco' Napier lie the remaining parts of a considerably prior settlement. Twentieth-century quarrying generally decimated one of the two pā now secured by the name "Ōtātara" however all things being equal, its 33 ha shape a standout amongst the most amazing archeological locales in New Zealand and have been contrasted with One Tree Hill in Auckland. It is absolutely the biggest and most established in Hawke's Bay and once may have secured just about 50 ha. The little discard and bank resistances indicate its relic and it is believed that Ōtātara may have been settled in the vicinity of 1400 and 1500. As you will acknowledge on a sunny morning, Ōtātara told great perspectives of rich kumara gardens, angling, fowling and flax and raupō assets in the bogs and the then-traversable Tūtaekurī River. Stories about the place frequently strife in light of the fact that the iwi related with it later moved toward becoming factionalised, yet its criticalness for honoring the success of Heretaunga by Ngāti Kahungunu from Poverty Bay around 1550 under Taraia is clear.

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3. Napier Prison - Napier

Napier Prison

Napier Prison was constructed on Napier Hill in 1862 and was used until the early 1990s, being officially decommissioned in 1993. It is now an historic facility, which offers guided day and night tours by appointment and self-guided audio tours all day. Napier Prison is a former prison in Napier that was New Zealand's oldest prison. It is also the only building where it is possible to see the original path of the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.

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4. Cape Kidnappers - Napier

Cape Kidnappers

The headland was named after an endeavor by nearby Māori to kidnap the worker of an individual from Captain Cook's group on board HMS Endeavor, amid a landfall there on 15 October 1769. Cape Kidnappers is a headland at the southeastern furthest point of Hawke's Bay on the east shoreline of New Zealand's North Island and sits toward the finish of a 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) promontory which distends into the Pacific Ocean. It is 20 kilometers (12 mi) south-east of the city of Napier. Access to the Cape by street stops at Clifton, which is the flight point for some vacationers. The Cape Kidnappers Golf Course lies between the headland and the adjacent beach front group of Te Awanga.

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5. Centennial Gardens - Napier

Centennial Gardens

These well-landscaped gardens were once a quarry manned by prison labour. A massive waterfall right in the middle of Napier! There may be an artificial pump system in play, but we don't mind – it's still an impressive sight. Ducks, rockeries and flower beds revolve around the ponds below. The gardens were developed in 1974 to commemorate the centenary of the establishment of Napier as a borough and a city.

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6. Tom Parker Fountain - Napier

Tom Parker Fountain

The fountain was officially opened on the night before Christmas Eve in 1936. Having gone through the Depression, locals and visitors alike were drawn to this visual treat, particularly after dusk when the coloured lights transformed the attraction into a magical sight. A 1936 art-deco fountain named after a local gentlemen's outfitter of the day. Best viewed at night when it's lavishly lit. It often features in period-style photo shots and video footage. With its kaleidoscopic play of colourful lights and jets of water, this fountain is among Napier's most popular Art Deco landmarks.

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