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Cruises to Napier

128 Reviews
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Napier (Photo:Yevgen Belich/Shutterstock)

About Napier

The New Zealand port city of Napier in the vast Hawke's Bay region on the eastern seaboard of the North Island is like nowhere else on the planet. A big call perhaps, but when you consider the entire city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and completely rebuilt in the dominant architectural style of the time, Art Deco, Napier is a time capsule of sorts.

You'll find striking examples of this distinctive building style all over the town, and a shiny classic 1930s' vintage car on every street corner.

Beyond the city limits is the world-renowned Hawke's Bay wine region where visitors can discover superb Bordeaux-style red wine, making this city quite the tourism gem.

Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's second-largest wine-producing region, behind Marlborough. Take a tour of nearby wineries, or get an education in wine appreciation in Napier's own New Zealand Wine Centre. Otherwise, choose to stroll along the Marine Parade promenade, perhaps with a stop at a seafood restaurant, an ice cream cone and a visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand or the Museum Theatre Gallery (MTG).

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Silver Whisper
Silver Whisper

16 Night
Australia CruiseDetails

217 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jan 13, 2024
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Regatta

42 Night
World CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Mar 10, 2024
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Seven Seas Mariner (Photo: Regent)

132 Night
132 Night World CruiseDetails

378 Reviews
Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Jan 6, 2024
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Noordam

39 Night
New Zealand & South Pacific Crossing CollectorDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 25, 2023
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14 Night
Australia & New ZealandDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 11, 2023
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515 Reviews
Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Sep 11, 2024
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World CruiseDetails

387 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Feb 24, 2024
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New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,572 Reviews
Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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14 Night
Australia & New ZealandDetails

515 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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14 Night
Australia & New ZealandDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 25, 2023
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Transpacific CruiseDetails

1,572 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 31, 2023
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Australia & New ZealandDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 25, 2023
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11 Night
New Zealand CruiseDetails

1,883 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 15, 2023
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New Zealand HolidayDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Dec 20, 2023
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14 Night
Australia & New ZealandDetails

795 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 12, 2023
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More about Napier

Why go to Napier?

Pros:

New Zealand's Art Deco capital offers interesting architecture, fabulous shopping and proximity to the nearby Hawke's Bay wine region

Cons:

Most ship itineraries include docking in the port for only a few hours

Bottom Line:

A charming town with welcoming and helpful local volunteers

Napier Cruise Port Facilities?

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Napier, about 2 kilometres from the city center. It's a working industrial port, so walking from the ship is not permitted. The free port shuttle offers two stops for passengers wanting to explore different parts of the city. Local greeters transport passengers from the ship to the i-SITE Visitor Centre on Marine Parade in the center of town. Return shuttles run every 15 to 20 minutes.

Once in town, all amenities are within a 10-minute walk, including attractions, banks, ATMs, shopping and dining.

Good to Know?

You'll also discover quaint eateries and trendy upmarket boutiques amid the eclectic mix of shops. There's also a market jam-packed with local produce and friendly faces. Between the tours led by costumed guides, the classic cars on the streets and the 1930s' Art Deco architecture everywhere you turn, you might think you've on the set of The Great Gatsby.

Oh and Napier is a photographer's paradise, so don't forget your camera.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Napier's top attractions are close by. If you are looking for a relaxing walk and a view of the area, a walking trail to the Bluff Hill Lookout begins at Coote Road off Marine Parade.

By Bus: Public buses travel throughout the Hawke's Bay area, and timetables are available at the i-SITE Visitor Centre. If you want to tour the wineries, a shore excursion or organized tour is probably a better bet.

By Taxi: Metered taxis are available throughout the city or can be booked at the i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the New Zealand dollar. For currency-conversion figures, visit xe.com or oanda.com. ATMs and banks are plentiful throughout town and are usually the cheapest way to get New Zealand dollars. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Language?

English, with a distinct Kiwi accent, is the predominant language in Napier and all of New Zealand.


Napier Cruise Reviews
One of the best experiences I've ever had: Celeb Tour: Cape Kidnappers and Gannet SafariRead More
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Alix James
Bus tour with a lovely guy who gave us some history of the town and the 1931 earthquake. Very interesting and did not try and sell us stuff.Read More
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alirat153
Did a tour thru Viator to 2 wineries, an ale house and the Art Deco area. Small group tour (8 people) with a really good guide.Read More
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Marj d
Have not been to Napier for a number of years, some cool little shops and again nice to catch up with family hat I have not seen for many years.Read More
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