Aquarium, Art Deco Trust & Napier's Old Prison


Experience three of Napier’s most popular tourist attractions. This tour captivates the essence of Napier from wildlife to history, including architectural highlights. The National Aquarium of New Zealand houses the country’s largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife, including sharks, stingrays, living coral. The Aquarium has reversed day and night in the Kiwi encounter so you can see Kiwis foraging for bugs and insects. The historic prison is located on Napier’s Bluff Hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean. View the old quarry where the inmates used to work their hard days’ labour to build the very walls that would keep them imprisoned. The prison was constructed in 1862, making it the oldest penal complex in New Zealand. After the prison closed, a family bought it and turned it into a tourist attraction and it also offers accommodation to travellers. Your guide will recount the prison’s history and then explore the different parts of the prison. One of Napier’s main attractions are the Art Deco style buildings. The beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier’s special point of difference. A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd, 1931 a massive earthquake rocked Hawkes Bay for more than 3 minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or by the fires that followed. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the time - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. The Art Deco Trust, Napiers preservation force, offers a variety of quality activities which educate, promote and celebrate the history of Napier’s destruction and its rebirth in Art Deco style.
  • Tour Code

    NPE180

  • Location

    Napier

  • Activity Types

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Fitness Level

    Medium

  • Price

    Adult from $129.99
    Children (12 & under) from $99.99


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Aquarium, Art Deco Trust & Napier's Old Prison

NPE180

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4 hours

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Visit the aquarium - walk through the Oceanarium and reef tank. Free time at the aquarium includes time for visiting the gift shop. At the Napier Old Prison your guide takes you back in time during a guided tour of the building. Visit the Art Deco Centre to learn more about the devastating earthquake of 1931 that lead to many buildings being rebuilt in the famous architectural style of the time.

Arch of the Ancestors

NPE145

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Adult: $129.99pp

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Discover the rich traditions and history of the Maori people on this genuine cultural and heritage tour held on ancestral lands that have been set aside as a conservation reserve. Your tour guide is a knowledgeable local Maori who will share his/her rich and colorful heritage and welcome your questions. Begin with a drive along the picturesque Napier Marine Parade with views to Cape Kidnappers. The scenic Hawke’s Bay countryside unfolds as you pass through the Tuki Tuki Valley farmland, orchards and vineyards, and you will view the legendary Te Mata Peak. Dramatic coastal landscape includes breathtaking views of the island of Motu O Kura. Arriving at the ancestral lands (marae), carefully protected and administered by the Maori people for generations, you will hear about medicinal uses for many of the native plants. You will be greeted in a manner in keeping with the spirituality of the marae--the sound of the conch shell signaling to the home people that you are arriving. You will be formally welcomed into the Arch of the Ancestors. Spend time with the Maori people in small groups to learn about their different crafts and customs. You will see demonstrations of various traditional activities--fighting drills, the art and skill of poi, wood carving and the importance of stones, ancient musical instruments and native eel in the natural wetland habitat. A bottle of water and a "kiwiana" confectionary will be offered and you can browse in the gift shop afterwards for local Maori products and souvenirs. A traditional farewell includes action songs and performances by the home people. This is an intimate, personal and spiritual way to discover the ways of Maori people. Relax and enjoy the countryside views as the coach returns you to the pier and your waiting ship.

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Napier

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Child: $99.99pp