(Pop: 58110) is a port city in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Less than twenty
kilometres separate the centres of
Hastings City and Napier, and the two are often called "The Twin
Cities" or "The Bay Cities".
The city is 320 kilometres (by
road) north-east of the capital,
Wellington and 143 kms south west of
It has a population slightly smaller than the Hastings District, but as Hastings
is administered as a district, Napier is the only official city in the Hawke's
Napier is the largest cross-bred wool centre in the Southern Hemisphere and is
the export servicing area for Hastings District which is one of the largest
apple, pear and stone fruit producing areas in New Zealand.
It has also become an important grape growing and wine production area with the
fruit passing from the growers around Metropolitan Hastings and then to Napier
for exporting. Large tonnages of frozen meat, wool, pulp and timber pass through
Napier is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco
architecture. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in
the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef.
Thousands of people flock to Napier every February for the Art Deco Weekend
event, a celebration of its Art Deco heritage and history. Other notable tourist
events attracting many outsiders include the region's annual Wine & Food
Festival (named Harvest Hawke's Bay), and Mission Concert at the Mission Estate
Winery in the near by town of Taradale.
In February for Art Deco weekend and the Mission Concert Weekend, which has
featured Chris De Berg, Olivia Newton-John, Eric Clapton, Kenny Rogers, Ray
Charles and Rod Stewart.
Attractions nearby in the
Hastings District include the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony and many vineyards
bordering Hastings City. The large wine industry hosts the Annual Harvest Hawkes
Both Napier and Hastings are
served by regular daily
coach and bus services to Auckland,
Gisborne, Hastings, Hamilton, Taupo, Tauranga, Palmerston North and
Air New Zealand Link
air services from Napier airport to Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
There are no passenger train/rail services from Napier to Auckland, Rotorua,
Taupo, Gisborne, Hastings, Palmerston North, Masterton or Wellington