Activities and Attractions in Napier NZ
Napier has plenty of activities and attractions to offer visitors.
Activities and Attractions in Napier NZ
Gannet Beach Adventures
This is a unique, fun eco-experience tour that is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, with personalized service and guides who point out the natural and geological wonders of the area.
With over 60 years’ experience, Gannet Beach Adventures provides a 4 hour mild adventure, travelling along the majestically rugged coastline from Clifton to Cape Kidnappers.
A ride with Gannet Beach Adventures can be many things – a nice day beside the sea, an opportunity to view the amazing wildlife, or a trip back in time as told by the layers in the coastal cliffs. Put them all together and it is a special experience – come and see for yourself!Watch YouTube Video
Hawke's Bay Museum, Theatre & Gallery
MTG Hawkes Bay - 1 Tennyson Street
MTG Hawke’s Bay is home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects that form the foundation of distinctive exhibitions and a world-class research facility. The MTG Theatre hosts a lively programme of film and performing arts.
MTG Hawke’s Bay welcomes visitors from all over the world to share in the complex and fascinating history of New Zealand through the lens of a distinct and characterful region.
To find out about visiting MTG, our opening hours and entry prices please view our visit linked below.Facebook
Drive along the scenic coast from Napier to Te Awanga and join Gannet Safaris Overland to visit the worlds largest, most accessible gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand.
Gannet Safaris has been guiding visitors over Cape Kidnappers for over 35 years. Our safaris are the only way to be driven right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds. There is absolutely no walking required.
You will travel in comfort in our air conditioned 4 x 4 Mini Coach, through Cape Kidnappers Station - traversing riverbeds, broad rolling pastures, through stands of native bush, steep gullies and breathtaking inclines. There is a stop on the way at a spectacular cliff top with panoramic views of Hawke Bay right across to the Mahia Peninsula. The amazing geology of the area can also be taken in. The 36km, three hour trip includes a commentary by your tour guide / driver on the farming operation on Cape Kidnappers Station and an introduction to the gannets.
National Aquarium of New Zealand
Nowhere else in New Zealand will you discover a wider range of marine animals and native species in a single facility than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, located on this South Pacific country's East Coast.
Almost within touching distance are kiwi foraging on the forest floor of their enclosure and Tuatara, the unique New Zealand lizard considered a living dinosaur found only in islands off the New Zealand mainland. Specially mounted cameras track these fascinating creatures into their burrows if they retreat from public view.
The National Aquarium, uniquely situated on Napier's foreshore, stretches like a huge stingray on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. It is designed to be a centre of education, entertainment and cultural experience.
The proximity to the ocean allows fresh seawater to be pumped directly to tanks and enclosures. Apart from its diverse exhibits, this magnificent, modern attraction incorporates some of the latest technological life support and operational systems.
An underwater travelator takes you beneath the massive oceanarium as hundreds of fish swim and feed above and around you.Facebook
1001 Grove Road, Hastings
The water theme park is a firm favourite with both locals and visitors and features a huge variety of exciting activities with slides, pools and motorised rides catering for everyone from toddlers to teens and the 'young at heart'. No matter what your age, Splash Planet is a fantastic family destination.
The Master Blaster is a thrill a minute slide where you start at the top of the tower and splash down in a hot pool. Then there is the most extreme ride of all, the Sky Castle Screamer. You race your buddies on this ride that gives the ultimate rush. Also popular with kids of all ages are the super cruiser, bumper boats and the double dipper.
You can stay dry and have heaps of fun on the Formula Fun Go Karts, play a round of Mini Golf or take a nostalgic trip on the Fantasyland Express.Watch YouTube VideoFacebook
With over 100 vineyards and 80 wineries, many with cellar doors and restaurants, visitors to Hawke's Bay will encounter the regions wonderful wine at some stage of their visit.
Hawkes Bay Trails
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
The Hawke's Bay Trails represent three rides within the New Zealand Cycle Trails network and link up with plenty of tourism attractions from the pools at Ocean Spa to the Art Deco inspired Sound-Shell on Marine Parade and the National Aquarium of New Zealand. A little further on, past a couple of great wineries, is the best view of iconic Cape Kidnappers at Clifton. The Wineries Ride out west passes an abundance of cellar doors and welcomes visitors coasting past on their bikes.
Every age and stage can enjoy over 200 kilometres of on-road and off-road trails where you will see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke's Bay coastline.