A relaxing time in beautiful Napier

Days 46 and 47: Napier

Evening on Napier's beach

Evening on Napier’s beach

We spent a wonderful few days in Napier as part of our Spaceships adventure and were so lucky with the wonderful weather we had. Leaving Masterton we headed for Napier (seeing Manukura the amazing white kiwi on the way!) and arrived in sunny and scenic Napier. We spent the evening down on Napier’s beach which looked just beautiful in the setting sun. Over the next few days we explored Napier and saw some of its many Art Deco buildings. Napier has quite a concentration of 1930s architecture and we only saw the buildings that were within walking distance (there are other bus tours etc.).



We learnt about the famous 1930 earthquake that levelled most of Napier’s buildings. We also visited Clive Square that is a really lovely park with lots of plants, trees and benches and was a nice place to sit and watch Napier’s world go by.

Mini golf by the sea

Mini golf by the sea

We spent time on the beautiful beachfront with its darkened sand and effervescent waves – one afternoon we sat for about two hours just watching the waves break on the shore in the sun. We also really enjoyed playing the mini golf that is right on the shore – called Par 2 Mini Golf. We played the ‘blue’ course here and loved it! The water features around the course were great and it was quite a unique course. Napier was somewhere that had been recommended to us by a family friend, and we are really glad we visited. It was a really relaxing time where we could enjoy some sun and sand and beautiful buildings!

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8 thoughts on “A relaxing time in beautiful Napier

  1. Great post. NZ is such a beautiful place. I should get back there. Look forward to your next installment. Drive safe and have fun!!!

    • Thank you so much! It really is the most incredible country. You should definitely return! I am posting retrospectively about our spaceship adventure, so will be updating this quite a bit in the next few days. Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

  2. Napier is great with all its art deco and history isn’t it (just a shame that the main beach isn’t safe for swimming). I’m looking forward to seeing how it compares to Miami art deco in a few months time.

    • It really is beautiful! It was too cold when we went so not sure about the swimming part! That’s exciting you are going to Miami soon. I have been to Florida before, but never Miami. I just remember it being really hot and humid – but a great place!

  3. We lived there for a few years – and the cafe culture is lovely. Lots of things happening in Napier

    • Lucky you! Yes, we thought it was a wonderful place and could easily have spent more time there 🙂

      • One of the things we loved was that Napier was so small we could walk everywhere – to the main street, to the rugby grounds – really enjoyable

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