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Hawke's Bay

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Hawkes Bay
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Hawkes Bay airport has regular scheduled flights to Auckland and Wellington, and other main centres. Hawkes Bay Airport is a short drive from Napier or Hastings.


Several companies offer a range of scheduled services to Napier / Hastings from Auckland, Gisborne, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Taupo and Wellington.

Key places to visit
Marine Parade, Art Deco Walk, Bluff Hill, Nocturnal Wildlife Centre, Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum


Places to Visit

Marine Parade

Marine Parade, the town's finest promenade, runs along the seafront. It is lined with Norfolk pines and is most attractive in the morning sun. It has all the attractions and entertainments of a popular tourist resort.

The busy Marine Parade is just off the town center. The visitor center provides information about Napier and the surrounding area. Well-tended gardens, including the impressive Sunken Gardens, mini-golf and a roller-blading rink provide entertainment for young and old. In the Mediterranean-style colonnade with a roofed concert platform is the ship's bell of HMS Veronica, which was the first source of help after the 1931 earthquake.

Art Deco Walk

After the earthquake in 1931 the town was rapidly rebuilt, largely in the art-deco and Spanish-mission styles then in fashion in the United States. The result was a unique assemblage of buildings in these styles (now protected as national monuments), comparable only with the Art Deco District of Miami. The Napier architect Louis Hay, who played a major part in the rebuilding of the town, was strongly influenced by the American architects Henry H Richardson, Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. Among the first buildings erected after the earthquake were the Masonic Hall (1932 by WJ Prouse of Wellington) and the Criterion Hotel (by EA Williams).

Bluff Hill

To the north of the town center is Bluff Hill, on which are the Centennial Gardens and Bluff Hill Domain. From Bluff Hill Lookout (reached by way of Lighthouse Road) there are magnificent views; in good weather the prospect extends as far as the Mahia Peninsula to the northeast and Cape Kidnappers to the southeast.

Nocturnal Wildlife Centre

The Nocturnal Wildlife Centre maintains a variety of New Zealand animals that are active at night. In the Kiwi House visitors can see New Zealand's national bird, which is an endangered species.

Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum

The Hawke's Art Gallery Bay and Museum has a rich collection reflecting the culture and art on the east side of the North Island. Much space is also devoted to contemporary art. Particularly interesting is the audio-visual material on the earthquake and the subsequent rebuilding of the town, with many photographs and eyewitness accounts.

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