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Napier –The Art Deco Capital of the World

Napier - the main vibrant commercial centre of Hawke’s Bay and Art Deco Capital of the World - is located on the North Island’s east coast.

The sun-blessed city is world famous for its Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture, award-winning vineyards, stunning Pacific coastline and warm-all-year-round Mediterranean-style climate. It has now become one of the most popular domestic and international tourist destinations in the country. More importantly, Napier is widely recognised as the ideal location to raise a family in a safe, fun-loving and friendly environment!


Approximately 60,000 people and growing, especially with new migrants, who are made very welcome in this friendly city.


Napier is located on the North Island’s pacific coast. There are good access routes to both Auckland and Wellington along with a thriving regional port. The area enjoys a very warm all year Mediterranean style climate protected from bad weather by the ranges to the west.



Napier has become a very popular city for people looking to relocate for lifestyle reasons. The recent median price for a 3 bedroom house is $340,000NZ (224,000US or 129,000UK) with a variety of different housing options from hillside character properties to modern harbourside developments.


Both international and domestic tourism has grown dramatically over recent years and reflects the vibrant and growing economy of the area. With some of New Zealand’s leading wineries in the surrounding countryside Napier is building an international reputation as a premium wine centre.

There are many exciting work opportunities that exist in Napier and the rest of Hawke’s Bay in the skilled migration areas.

The region is actively looking for:

* nurses and health workers

* tradespeople (engineers, electricians, mechanics etc)

* truck drivers

* professional services

* teachers

There’s no better place to start or purchase a business. Napier City Council offers a very popular turnkey service for migrant business entrepreneurs wishing to establish their base in our region. Help is also provided for the immigration requirements under the Long Term Business Visa (LTBV) option. Need to know more? We can help you ‘Get a Life’ right now and our services are absolutely free. All you need to do is ask.

Dining Out

Award winning restaurants abound. The growing Ahuriri waterside entertainment area is very popular all year. Some of Napier’s top bars and restaurants provide an ideal alfresco dining experience enhanced by Ahuriri’s picturesque working harbour.

There are boutique a la carte restaurants, at many of the area’s wineries including The Mission, New Zealand’s oldest wine maker.

Local Transport

Regular direct flights to Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch. Napier itself is known as the 10 minute city! Basically it only takes 10 minutes to drive to anywhere within the city limits and traffic jams are unheard of! There is a local bus service connecting all surrounding suburbs and neighbouring Hastings city.

Performing Arts

Napier attracts leading performances from around the world especially to the annual Mission concert. Recent artists such as Rod Stewart, Sir Cliff Richard and Eric Clapton have all praised the superb ambience of the vineyard setting. There are several inner city theatres while Lonely Planet has recently voted The Geon Art Deco Weekend as New Zealand’s best festival event where everyone dresses up and performs a part!

Lifestyle and Outdoor Recreation

Undeniably the lifestyle capital of New Zealand the city regularly features in the New Zealand media as the ideal place to escape the strain and stress of the main centres. Watersports abound while the idyllic weather also means nearly every recreational pastime is available. Even the North Island ski fields are only a short 2.45hr drive away.


Some of New Zealand’s leading state and private schools are situated in Napier and the surrounding Hawke’s Bay. EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology) provides further education opportunities for school leavers and mature students.

Napier Life

For more information and the opportunity to ask questions directly of some of Napier’s newest citizens go to


Average maximum temperature in Summer 24 Degrees Celsius

Average maximum temperature in Winter 13 Degrees Celsius

Bright sunshine hours per year 2188

Mean annual rainfall 780mm


Napier time is GMT +12 hours. From September to March one hour of daylight saving time applies.




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