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Napier, New Zealand

Napier sits midpoint along the eastern coast of New Zealand’s North Island within the famous Hawke’s Bay wine region. An earthquake leveled the city in 1931, and the immediate reconstruction created one of the finest collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. Visit the Art Deco Trust (7 Tennyson Street) for a guided walk or vintage car tour; or stretch your legs along the iconic Marine Parade, a nearly two-mile-long seafront promenade lined with stately Norfolk pines and family friendly attractions. One of these, the National Aquarium of New Zealand, houses more than 100 aquatic species that you can watch swim and feed via an underwater viewing tunnel. Rent a bicycle and pedal past the dozens of murals that adorn the city’s Sea Walls, or cycle to some of Hawke’s Bay’s historic wineries to taste the region’s excellent pinot gris and syrah. Just outside of Napier lies Ōtātara Pā Historic Reserve, one of the country’s most important Maori pā (defensive settlement) sites; or follow the coast south to Cape Kidnappers, the largest gannet colony on the planet.