Cruises to Napier: Hawke's Bay Adventures
Napier is a small city in New Zealand's beautiful Hawke's Bay region. It is a regular cruise port in New Zealand cruise ship itineraries, and the city and surrounding region have plenty to offer visitors. Wine, sun, beaches, cafes and shopping- Napier has it all.
Napier Port: Cruise Ships
Ships visiting Napier dock at Napier Port, which is an industrial port. It is a very short drive from the cruise ship dock to the city centre, along the Marine Parade and the waterfront, past Centennial Park. As it is a working port, passengers can not walk around but a shuttle is provided to take them in to Napier, with a drop off at the i-site visitor information office.
The City: Art Deco Charms
Napier was largely destroyed in 1931 by an earthquake, and there was a mass rebuilding in the style of the era. This has resulted in an Art Deco-inspired city, with fun and interesting architecture prevailing in downtown Napier. The Art Deco Trust offers walks and tours for those interested in the history of the style and its prevalence in Napier.
A highlight of downtown Napier, especially for families, is the National Aquarium of New Zealand. It has a reef tank, an oceanarium, and a replica of a New Zealand rocky shore. The soundshell is a focus for events and concerts, and an art deco icon.
The prison in Napier is New Zealand's oldest, and can be explored with tour guides for an interesting look into the city's history.
The surrounding region is the sunny and beautiful Hawke's Bay. It is known for wine production, and there are plenty of wineries and vineyards to visit. Tours by car and by bike are available.
Cape Kidnappers, just south of Napier, has beautiful views of the Bay and a gannet colony which is quite a sight to see when the birds are nesting!
There is a wide selection of beaches in the area, these including the sandy Waipatiki Beach which has a small settlement and public facilities, the undeveloped Ocean Beach, the surf beach and historic fortress site at Waimarama Beach, and many more.
The Ships: NZ Cruises
Most people will find that their favourite line cruises to Napier. Princess, P&O Australia, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity all have reasonably regular itineraries including Napier. There is the occasional ship from other lines mixed in to the schedule- including a few visits by small luxury ships.
The usual itinerary for a cruise to Napier is a circumnavigation of New Zealand, departing from Sydney or occasionally Melbourne or Brisbane. These are generally round trips, some visiting other ports in Australia, and most calling in at all the New Zealand cruise ports on the east coast as well as the scenic Marlborough Sounds.
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