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Napier & Hawke's Bay Attractions

There's so much to see and do in Napier and Hawke's Bay and Palm City Motor Inn is the perfect base from which to explore our wonderful region.

Below are just a few attractions to whet your appetite and we'd be happy to recommend many more to you to make the most of your stay with us.

Art Deco Tour

In 1931 Napier was levelled by earthquake and fire and was rebuilt during the Great Depression in just two years. The result is an incredible concentration of Art Deco architecture that has given Napier the title "Art Deco capital of the world." Much of the design was the work of a local architect Louis Hay who incorporated Maori design into many of the building facades to give the architecture a distinctly New Zealand twist.

Tour Napier city on your own self guided tour or join a group tour and learn more from an experienced guide.

National Aquarium

Nowhere else in New Zealand can you experience such a large and diverse range of aquatic animals and wildlife, than at the National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, Hawke's Bay.

In the Oceanarium, visitors can view the shark species, stingray, and reef fish that call the waters off Hawke's Bay home, as well as plenty of tropical fish, turtles, and octopi that are found throughout the Pacific. There are also three animal enclosures where you can see some of New Zealand's most iconic wildlife - the kiwi, the tuatara ( a living dinosaur) and the little blue penguin.

Wine Trail

Hawke's Bay is reknowned as one of NZ's Leading wine destinations. A visit to Hawke's Bay wouldn't be complete without trying and buying some of our local award winning wines.

Many of the wineries also boast outstanding eateries where you can enjoy local fare paired with locally produced wine.

Otatara Pa

Situated in Taradale (10 kilometers southwest of Napier) is Otatara Pa. This 40-hectare pa (a Maori fortified village) is one of New Zealand's most important archaeological sites being is one of the best remaining examples.

Otatara Pa was the largest Pa in the Hawke's Bay region and was home to the chief, Turauwha, who dominated the region. Today, the pa is a historical reserve, and excavation and careful preservation here means that many of the foundations of terraced dwelling sites and food pits can be seen.

The hill the Pa sits on has excellent panoramas of the surrounding countryside down to Napier and across to Cape Kidnappers. On a clear day, the views stretch out to Mount Ruapehu in the distance.

Napier Aquatic Centre

The largest aquatic centre in the Hawkes Bay Region, the Napier Aquatic Centre offers the full range of facilities you'd expect. For the kids there are two waterslides and the "Gladiator" inflatable obstacle course.

Located in Onekawa park there is plenty of space outside with an outdoor picnic and BBQ area. This is somewhere where you can spend a whole day relaxing. A great place for a family outing.

Cape Kidnappers

Tourists from all over the world to marvel at the unique sight that is Cape Kidnappers. Not only is it home to the largest mainland gannet colony in the world but the coastline also provides a display of great geological features. You can see fault lines and distinct layers of rock in the vivid cliffs on the way to Cape Kidnappers.

The end of Cape Kidnappers has stunning cliffs where hundreds of gannets nest. You can walk to Cape Kidnappers along the 8km coastal track at low tide or take a tractor tour.