Napier cruises destination information
|Napier itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Feb 2, 2020||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $3781|
|Mar 2, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $2791|
|Nov 6, 2020||Kiwi Adventure, 13 nights||from $3826|
|Jan 13, 2020||Australia and New Zealand, 10 nights||from $1453|
|Sep 27, 2020||Transpacific, 20 nights||from $6468|
|Feb 11, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $2622|
|Oct 26, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3847|
|Dec 22, 2019||New Zealand Adventure, 7 Nights||from $1610|
|Feb 24, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3144|
|Jan 18, 2021||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $3928|
|Mar 8, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3138|
|Dec 29, 2019||New Zealand Adventure, 7 Nights||from $1606|
|Nov 8, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3781|
|Dec 20, 2020||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $4532|
|Apr 8, 2020||Hawaii Tahiti and South Pacific Crossing, 29 nights||from $5865|
|Nov 9, 2020||New Zealand, 14 nights||from $3661|
|Mar 3, 2021||Australia Bottom End, 18 nights||from $5777|
|Dec 1, 2020||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $2586|
|Dec 22, 2020||South Pacific and New Zealand, 13 nights||from $5495|
|Feb 9, 2021||New Zealand, 13 nights||from $3779|
The Stunning Main Port of Napier
Located on the southwest shores of Hawkes Bay New Zealand, Napier enjoys a sunny Mediterranean-like climate and settled weather, allowing for fruit growing, vineyards, and tourism to all make a major contribution to Napier's economy. Napier is famous for being the finest example of authentic Art Deco in the world.
There are world class attractions include Cape Kidnappers - the only mainland gannet colony, the Marine Parade which includes Marineland of New Zealand, the National Aquarium of new Zealand, vineyards with award winning wines, and special events such as the Mission Concert, Harvest Hawkes Bay weekend, and the annual Napier Art Deco weekend.
For the active there is every other outdoor adventure you can imagine from jet boating between wineries, hot air ballooning, surfing, caving, paragliding, sailing, windsurfing or fishing for trout the size most people only dream about.
Cruise Port: What to do in Napier
Visitors disembarking in Napier might enjoy the lengthy waterfront, the aquarium and the huge art deco influence evident in the downtown buildings. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 1931, and rebuilt in the style of the time which makes for a distinct and attractive city centre - and that's just the start of what Napier and the Hawke's Bay have to offer.
Cruise ships dock just a few kilometres from central Napier, in the industrial Napier Port. Because this is a working port, you cannot walk from the ship and will instead board port shuttles to take you into the CBD, a handy five-minute drive to the i-SITE visitors centre on Marine Parade where passengers will find plenty of information about the city and surrounding region.
As with all of New Zealand, the only currency accepted in Napier is New Zealand Dollars (NZD). It will be no problem to find banks and ATMs in central Napier where you can exchange and withdraw cash, and credit cards will be widely accepted in many restaurants and stores.
Tipping is not a common custom in New Zealand, and is entirely optional where it is available. Servers are paid at least minimum wage so they don't rely on tips.
Local life and language
Kiwis - that is, the people of New Zealand and not the fruit or the birds - are generally quite laidback. This reflects in their casual style of dress, often including shorts and jandals (flip flops) in the summer, and in the quiet friendliness that most of them will show to visitors. Of course, there are bad eggs in every bunch, but cruise passengers shouldn't be afraid of asking for directions.
English is the primary language spoken in Napier, although the strong Maori heritage means that you may see signs and place names and hear some phrases in Maori.
What to do in Napier
History and culture
These are some of the most important aspects of the city and surrounds, and there are a few spots around Napier where you can try to understand what really makes it tick. One of these is a famous NZ landmark, the Pania of the Reef statue which represents a female figure in Maori mythology.Another is the nearby Soundshell, one of Napier's finest examples of art deco. From there you can see the rest of the architecture on your own or by guided tour. On Tennyson Street and Marine Parade is the Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery.
Napier has the distinction of being home to the National Aquarium of New Zealand, well worth a visit. Here you can have a real underwater experience with the amazing Reef Tank, holding five types of shark amongst other amazing ocean creatures. Native birds such as Kiwis and penguins get a look in too, and you might even spot a Tuatara, an ancient lizard that still calls New Zealand home. It's open every day except Christmas Day.
Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's premier wine regions, and it's a notoriously beautiful place of rolling hills, sunshine and long coastlines. Wine tours are a popular way to spend a day in Napier, available through various operators and usually the cruise lines too. If you're up for some major relaxation, book in your own transport and spend the day on one spot - like the gorgeous Mission Estate on the outskirts of the city - just enjoying the vino, the views and the ambiance!
There is no shortage of coastline in and around Napier, and there is in fact a beach along the city's foreshore. Further up and down the coast are some popular and less-developed stretches of sand including Westshore Beach, Tangoio Beach and Ocean Beach.
Organised vs self-guided
It's the constant debate amongst cruisers - book onto a tour organised by the cruise line (or even one with a separate cruise tour provider) or make your own way around using whatever transport is available? Napier is a small city without much in the way of public transport beyond taxis and shuttle services, so taking an official tour can be a good idea of you're heading somewhere specific and distant - and a line-sanctioned tour will guarantee you're back before the ship leaves.
On the other hand, If you just want to see the highlights of the city or visit one of the wineries, there's no need to spend on a tour. Napier's small size means the highlights and central city are very easily walkable, so it's no worries to get around to the main hotspots, and a taxi to one of the nearby wineries is simple to organise.
Architecture tours and city highlights
The majority of cruises visiting Napier will offer a walking or driving tour of the city's distinctive Art Deco buildings, often in conjunction with some other city highlights - these might include the aquarium and a visit to the historic prison. This kind of tour is perfect for those who are interested in getting to know Napier itself.
Wine and food tours
A tour of several Hawke's Bay vineyards is almost always a great option, even if you have to book with an independent tour company. These might be combined with culinary tours for a real taste of the region - there are many likely spots for the keen foodie or wine lover.
The pretty Hawke's Bay is a wonderful setting for getting amongst the outdoors. Excursions along these lines are available from the various lines may include white water rafting, cycle tours,horse trekking, and off-road eco tours for wildlife lovers.
If you're cruising to Napier on your next holiday, start thinking about what you might want to do and see in this friendly port city! There are plenty of options for all preferences, be it on a tour or an independent exploration.Cruises visiting Napier
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