Are you craving for an awesome road trip in Napier?
Well, then you’ve come to the right place! We love road trips and would be more than happy to help you on your way to discover beautiful scenic roads throughout Napier.
We have been helping travelers and tourists embark on unforgettable journeys and enjoy unique experiences.
You can hire a campervan or motorhome from our wide range that suits your holiday needs to make it a bit extra special.
We offer campervans from a single berth for single adult to 10 berth for 10 adults. Going on a road trip in campervan is an amazing experience, as you hit the roads in your own portable hotel.
Napier is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities, located at the south of the Hawkes Bay. Palm trees line the inner-city streets and the wonderfully sculpted Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the shore of the city.
Along Marine Parade various parks, gardens and memorials give the water’s edge its distinct character.
Known as the Art Deco City, Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world Napier is home to many fine wineries, fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes.
Napier is also the home of New Zealand wine, housing the oldest wineries and wine-making establishments in the country. The boutique shops are a must visit.
While you are travelling around the city, travelling in an unknown area can be daunting, especially when you have a low fuel. But no need to worry, Campermate has got it covered for you.
Campermate is New Zealand’s most popular free travel application that shows you nearby locations of everything from petrol stations to dump stations while travelling in a campervan. With Campermate’s online map you can easily reach your destinations on time and never get lost.
While travelling you can also get access to free wifi spots located around the city like McDonalds, Burger King, Glassons, Irish Pub Wifi, Starbucks, Napier Library and many more using Campermate’s app.
To maintain the cleanliness and hygiene of the city there are several waste disposal bins and dumping stations located around the city where you can get rid of your waste like, Marine Parade Napier PDS, Latham St Napier PDS and many more. You can also find them easily on Campermate’s app.
Street after street of stunning and beautifully restored Art Deco buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. Napier is home to many fine wineries, fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. The boutique shops are a must-visit, as is the Sea Walls collection of magnificent murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city. Grab a map and walk or ride around the city to see them up close. Check out our list of some of the places you can visit in Napier.
Napier has numerous walkways linking neighborhoods, tracing waterways and coastline and threading through reserves and parks. These pleasant quiet environments offer an escape from the bustle and traffic of city life. Here are some of the few you can check out. HAWKE’S BAY TRAILS: There are three major trails designed for cyclists at Hawke’s Bay Trails who enjoy ranging far and wide. You can see everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke's Bay coastline. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d6902495-Reviews-Hawke_s_Bay_Trails-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) TE ANA AND TANGOIO FALLS TRACKS: This is a great place to visit for a peaceful hiking trip. There are lovely views on the walkway with sounds of river and birds which leads you to the stunning waterfalls. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d9996693-Reviews-Te_Ana_and_Tangoio_Falls_tracks-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) AHURIRI ESTUARY WALK: This place is a wonderful treasure to be explored by foot all within the Napier City bounds. The estuary is a grand opportunity to observe bird life and in particular the migrating birds. Be sure to visit here for a relaxing trip. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d2493153-Reviews-Ahuriri_Estuary_Walk-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
Napier is home to a number of incredible coffee destinations. Whether you’re partial to a classic Kiwi flat white or an iced cold brew, these cafes provide a place for any and every coffee lover to enjoy their daily fix. Here are some of the best ones. CRAZY GOOD COFFEE SHOP: Like the name suggests, Crazy Good serves some top notch coffee. Settled in the small port side suburb of Ahuriri, this cafe is relaxed and simple but also well-loved by locals and visitors alike. Be sure to stop by for a warm cup. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255109-d7029205-Reviews-Crazy_Good_Coffee_Shop-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) GEORGIA ON TENNYSON: They are known for making unapologetically good coffee. As well as traditional espresso, the baristas here also use a variety of alternative brewing methods to create exceptional cups of coffee. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255109-d8619692-Reviews-Georgia_on_Tennyson-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) SIX SISTERS COFFEE HOUSE: Settled on Marine Parade in a historic 1890s villa is the Six Sisters Coffee House. As well as their delicious coffee, they also have a selection of baked cabinet food. The cafe has a stunning view of the beach and is the ideal spot for a morning coffee in the sunshine. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255109-d7111996-Reviews-Six_Sisters_Coffee_House-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
Napier has some amazing restaurants which serve really delicious and tantalizing dishes for your taste buds. Check out some of the best ones we have selected. EMPORIUM EATERY AND BAR: Housed within the Masonic Hotel, one of the city’s preeminent architectural landmarks, this popular restaurant is the perfect distillation of the city’s contrary take on Art Deco style. With an effortless blend of gourmet foods, an accessible wine menu and the country’s traditional flat white coffees, those on a shorter visit to Napier can capture its unique essence here. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255109-d1237640-Reviews-Emporium_Eatery_Bar-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) MISTER ‘D’s BISTRO: Mister D has an abundance of attractions, from its modern, light-filled and vibrant eating area to wickedly delicious meals. In fact, the menu here is not just a document advertising the day’s food but a mix-tape of the owners’ quirky and alternative style. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255109-d3221249-Reviews-Mister_D_s_Bistro-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) BISTRONOMY: Bistronomy is proof that some of NZ's best food can be enjoyed outside the country's biggest cities. The finely judged seasonal tasting menus will provide you with great-value experiences you'll definitely talk about when you get back home. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g255109-d8655428-Reviews-Bistronomy-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
Napier is a great holiday destination for travelers wanting to combine their love of the outdoors with their adventurous spirit. Here is a list of some great outdoor activities to do in Napier. NAPIER CITY BIKE HIRE AND TOURS: Biking around the city is a great activity for having a close up of the city’s beautiful buildings, parks and beaches. You can hire and ride a bike through the city. If you are an experienced rider you’ll love riding quick up hills and cover huge distances. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d7225944-Reviews-Napier_City_Bike_Hire_Tours-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) MARAENUI GOLF CLUB: If you love playing golf then you’ll surely love this place. Make sure to visit here for a great outdoor activity among grassy lands and a nice and peaceful environment. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d10053250-Reviews-Maraenui_Golf_Club-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) MOHAKA RAFTING: This outdoor activity will give you a good workout. Those who are thrill seekers and love great adventures will love this activity. Be sure to go rafting with friends and family for a thrilling trip. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d1857363-Reviews-Mohaka_Rafting-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
Napier has one of the largest concentrations of Art Deco buildings in the world. Napier has many museums which showcase the rich Maori, European and natural heritage. Here are a few of them. GYPSY ROSE TEA MUSEUM: It is a unique type of museum that houses the largest collection of historical items about tea and tea drinking you will ever experience. They also stock and have access to a large range of quality teas from around the world available for sale. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d8005386-Reviews-Gypsy_Rose_Tea_Museum-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) THE FARADAY CENTRE: This centre is a great place to learn some history and how technology has shaped people's lives throughout the decades. There are lots of interactive displays which let you touch, hold items, pull levers and truly discover how things would've been in the past. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d2179969-Reviews-Faraday_Centre-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) MTG HAWKES BAY: This is the place to get a fresh perspective on the stories you know including the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. MTG inhabits three buildings of distinct character, an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the magnificent Hawkes Bay. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d5010944-Reviews-MTG_Hawke_s_Bay-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
Napier has many beautiful and scenic places for tourists and visitors to explore and have some exciting adventures. Here is a list of few places. MOANA PARK WINERY: Napier is the hub of the Hawke’s Bay region, one of the most popular winemaking regions in New Zealand! It would almost be a sin to not get out there and taste the local wines in the heart of where it is all made. Moana Park is a highly awarded boutique winery with a focus on natural winemaking. Stop by to taste some of their delicious wines. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d1987510-Reviews-Moana_Park_Winery-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) NATIONAL AQUARIUM OF NEW ZEALAND: The National Aquarium of New Zealand is home to the country's most diverse range of sea life. Visitors can view a broad range of sea creatures and fishes. There are also three animal enclosures that allow you to see some of New Zealand's most famous endemic animals. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d301107-Reviews-National_Aquarium_of_New_Zealand-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) BLUFF HILL: Walkers who want to get a good view across Napier and its dazzling blue bay should take a tour up Bluff Hill. Just to the north of Napier's town center, the Bluff Hill Domain area has a winding trail up to a lookout point which provides incredible panoramas of the city. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d3384073-Reviews-Bluff_Hill_Lookout-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
Napier has long been recognized as the unrivalled shopping 'hot spot' in Hawke's Bay, seven days a week. The inner city is a progressive, vibrant shoppers' paradise and is easy to get around because of the compact layout. Here are some best shopping places you can go visit. SILKY OAK CHOCOLATE COMPANY: If you are a fan of sweets and chocolates, then this is the place for you. It has a museum full of chocolate history and plenty of delights for you to take back home for your loved ones. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d676828-Reviews-The_Silky_Oak_Chocolate_Company-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) NAPIER ANTIQUE AND JEWELRY CENTRE: This shop is a vintage collection heaven. Hunt for antique and vintage treasures at this vintage shop. Whether its jewelry or clothes, antiques or modern replicas, fur coats or plus fours, you can find all antique items here. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d12269845-Reviews-Napier_Antique_and_Jewellery_Centre-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) DEPARTMENT OF CURIOSITIES AND FINE THINGS: Discover a curated collection of over 20 artists in the craft, design and art field at this shop. They have a great collection of arts and craft things. Be sure to stop by for some cute little souvenirs. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d6957499-Reviews-The_Department_of_Curiosities_and_Fine_Things-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Isl.html)
Napier has many historic landmarks and sights some of which we have listed here. MARINE PARADE: An undoubted jewel, Napier’s Marine Parade is a thriving playground for locals and visitors alike. It has become a focal point for many city events and celebrations. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d301108-Reviews-Marine_Parade-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) NATIONAL TOBACCO COMPANY: The National Tobacco Company founded in the early 1900s is located in the Ahuriri district, a 5 minute drive north of central Napier. Admire this stunning pastel colored building, which combines art deco architecture with lavish art nouveau details. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d15701622-Reviews-National_Tobacco_Company_Building-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html) PANIA OF THE REEF STATUE: This statue is a real mermaid beauty to see while in Napier. The statue depicts the story of an old Maori legend. Wander down the Marine Parade and stop by to view this stunning beauty. (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g255109-d10084542-Reviews-Pania_of_the_Reef_Statue-Napier_Hawke_s_Bay_Region_North_Island.html)
If you are looking to do some camping in Napier, then you can find some sites in and around the city where you can stay. There are a number of freedom camping spots, camping grounds as well as motorhome carparks are also available around Napier where you can park your campervan without any worry.
There are many parks for campervans in Napier where you can stay and spend your night feeling relaxed. You can also use Campermate’s app to find your nearest parking area easily. Here we have listed some of the good car parks available in Napier for you.
THE BAY VIEW MOTEL AND HOLIDAY PARK (https://www.bayviewhotelnapier.co.nz/location-napier.html)
Napier has many beautiful freedom camping sites which can also be found through Campermate easily. Some of the best places are listed below:
WESTSHORE BEACH RESERVE CAR PARK (https://www.napier.govt.nz/)
Napier has many dumping stations for waste and garbage disposal. Here we have listed some of them.
HAWKE’S BAY HOLIDAY PARK PDS (https://www.hbhp.co.nz/)
Napier is the art deco capital of New Zealand. Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world. Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference. Napier is also home to many fine wineries, fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. The boutique shops are a must-visit, as is the Sea Walls collection of magnificent murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city. Our visit in a campervan made it an amazing experience for us to visit all the best locations easily.
Apart from this you can visit many fabulous restaurants like Bistronomy, Mister Ds, Crazy Good Coffee shop and many more which offer delicious food and drinks.
The beautifully restored Marine Parade serves as a scenic and popular bridge between the city and the Pacific Ocean with a wealth of family-friendly activities. Napier’s iconic Norfolk Pines, Deco Soundshell, Tom Parker Fountain and Pania of the Reef statue are a visual reminder of the city’s past.