Napier, New Zealand Hawke Bay

Where to Stay – Hotels in Napier, New Zealand

Coming to Napier the centre of the Hawkes Bay wine district is like coming to a Great Gatsby set, but on a citywide scale. Rebuilt from the rubble of the 1931 earthquake, Napier is able to hold on to its characteristic architecture which made it the Art Deco capital of the world.

Napier Hotel Accommodation for Art Deco Weekend

Napier offers that rare experience of walking back into time, and living it. The Art Deco Weekend in mid-February is a great time to come: whitewall-tired cars from the 1920s and 30s make their yearly appearance, and women in their short hemlines and cloche hat, men in their Oxford trousers and shoes, come together for a grand Great Gatsby picnic.  

Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand runs the gamut of standard hotels, backpackers, B&Bs (bed and breakfasts), Napier motel accommodation, inns, motor lodges – is usually sufficient on any given day, but during the festival, hotels in Napier are fully booked, mainly by professional architects and enthusiasts who take this opportunity to combine business and pleasure. Napier apartment accommodation is ideal for families.

Where to Stay in Napier

Hotels for Food and Wine Events

If you don’t make it on this date, food and wine festivals happening throughout the region year-round should compensate.

The most popular of these culinary events happen in Mission Valley, the oldest wine-growing region in New Zealand. A great way to enjoy the French-country lifestyle is an al fresco lunch or dinner in one of the wine estates at the foot of Te Mata Peak. You need not even drive back to your hotel in Napier for a place to stay the night; there are lodges, cottages and motels in the town of Havelock within 10 minutes of the Peak.

Because Napier is the port town for Hastings, Hawke’s Bay’s largest producer of apples, pears and table grapes, it does get a fair share of foodie tourists as well. Napier is also equally renowned for its more “authentic” Maori heritage; Te Mata Peak, from where the city and Hawke’s Bay can be viewed without obstruction, is particularly steeped in a Maori legend of unrequited love. For the best “tiki” or Maori humanoid carvings, head on over to Napier’s suburb, Taradale, less than 15 minutes southwest.

Beach-wise, Napier entices with its Mediterranean-like climate. Safe swimming spots can be found at Tangoio and Waipatiki Beaches, 30 and 35 minutes north of Napier town centre, respectively; Ocean and Waimarama Beaches are all-time favourites because of their surf breaks and long golden sands. Savour the beach vibe and indulge in happy hour drinks from the balcony of a traditional beachside Napier accommodation called “bach”, or from a hammock strung in the campgrounds.