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Cruises to Napier

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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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Regatta
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Regatta

14 Night
Cruise to NapierDetails

398 Reviews
Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
$4,949
$4,749*pp
$339/night • inside Cabin

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Regatta
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Regatta

14 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
$4,299*pp
$307/night • inside Cabin

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Oosterdam
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Oosterdam

14 Night
Cruise to NapierDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$1,599*pp
$114/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Spirit
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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
Cruise to NapierDetails

Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$1,105
$1,049*pp
$87/night • inside Cabin

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12 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$1,455*pp
$121/night • inside Cabin

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Ovation of the Seas

20 Night
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Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$1,900*pp
$95/night • inside Cabin

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Oosterdam

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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$1,999*pp
$143/night • inside Cabin

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Norwegian Spirit

12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
$1,105*pp
$92/night • inside Cabin

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Ovation of the Seas

11 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$774*pp
$70/night • inside Cabin

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Celebrity Eclipse

11 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
$1,999
$1,849*pp
$168/night • inside Cabin

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Serenade of the Seas

12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$1,212*pp
$101/night • inside Cabin

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Celebrity Eclipse

12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
$1,539*pp
$128/night • inside Cabin

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Celebrity Eclipse

14 Night
Cruise to NapierDetails

Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
$1,999*pp
$143/night • inside Cabin

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Viking Orion

14 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
$7,399*pp
$529/night • balcony

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Sapphire Princess

13 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$882*pp
$68/night • inside Cabin

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Azamara Journey

16 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Azamara Voyages
$3,919*pp
$245/night • inside Cabin

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Crystal Symphony

27 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Crystal Cruises
$9,262*pp
$343/night • outside Cabin

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Celebrity Eclipse

13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
$1,899*pp
$146/night • inside Cabin

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Quantum of the Seas

11 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
$963*pp
$88/night • inside Cabin

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Noordam

14 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
$2,629*pp
$188/night • inside Cabin

Holland America

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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,139*pp
$81/night • inside Cabin

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Celebrity Eclipse

11 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
$2,299*pp
$209/night • inside Cabin

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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,439*pp
$103/night • inside Cabin

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Coral Princess

14 Night
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Leaving:Brisbane
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$1,619*pp
$116/night • inside Cabin

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Grand Princess

32 Night
Cruise to NapierDetails

Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
$2,769*pp
$87/night • inside Cabin

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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
We did a walking tour here. Went to the local museum to watch a film about the earthquake that mostly destroyed Napier in 1931. The town was rebuilt in Art Deco style of the period and mostly preserved ever since.... Read More
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lyndarra
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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jostoy
Napier is an art deco town, rebuilt after a massive earthquake last century. We did not visit Napier this time, preferring to stay on the ship.... Read More
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Gail T Brisbane
Napier is a really lovely town. I enjoyed every minute here. We walked around town and enjoyed the wonderful art deco buildings and had some coffee. I had a lot to photograph. Walking around was so interesting. The... Read More
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