There are two words that best describe Hawke's Bay and they are Wine Country - but there is much more than wine to this sunny region.
With some of the best sunshine hours in New Zealand, mountainous shelter from prevailing westerly winds, and refreshing sea breezes, not only is Napier a great climate for visiting, but is ideal for grape growing. It is one of the country’s leading producers of wine; notably red wines – cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah – but also with some quite stunning whites. The region is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and it's a popular place for bicycle wine tours.
Known as the Art Deco City, Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world. The city was rebuilt in the 1930’s after a huge earthquake. A 7.8 Richter scale earthquake, and ensuing fires, destroyed most of central Napier in 1931. Within two years, the city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated. Napier has 140 original Art Deco buildings and the care and protection of these buildings is managed by the Art Deco Trust.
Napier is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities. As well as the beautiful architecture, palm trees line the inner-city streets and the wonderfully sculpted Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the shore of the city. Along Marine Parade various parks, gardens and memorials give the water’s edge its distinct character.