Napier Self-guided activities

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Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

1. Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download an exciting MP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area. This fascinating and raw tour of New Zealand's oldest prison will take you on a historic journey through the undulating corridors which survived the 1931 Napier Earthquake. The corridors are twisted and walls misshapen. You will learn about some of the most terrifying prisoners, including Drug Barons and Mass murderers, and an infamous "Eye Eater". Check out the graffiti on the prisoner's bed bases and hear how toothpaste had multiple uses for incarcerated criminals. This tour shows how they lived behind the huge Kauri doors and how some of them died. You will hear tales about villains, victims and heroes, and wander around the old complex while viewing the Pound (solitary and padded cell area), Mess Hall, Remand Hallway, Cell 6, Key Men and Trustees, Cages, The Dome, Women's Wing, Te Kooti, John Yalash, Ghosts, Garden, Terry Clark, Teresa Cormack, Graveyard, and the Hanging Yard with replica kitset gallows. Hear of the few escapes and view the open Shower Block which was not for the fainthearted. Only closed in 1993, the prison complex has been the site of many TV shows such as a 10 part brat camp, "Redemption Hill", and was featured on "Off the Rails", "Epitaph" and several news and documentary shows. Please note this is a downloadable self-guided audio tour, therefore you will have no physical tour guide leading you through your travels.

From Napier: Cape Coast Winery Bike Ride

2. From Napier: Cape Coast Winery Bike Ride

Start off with pickup from your accommodation in Napier City or Havelock North, or make your own way to meet at your host at the shop in Ahuriri, Napier to pick up with your bikes. Then, take a shuttle to the start of your cycling adventure at the Black Barn winery. Te Mata Estate and Akarangi are very close by, so you can start your wine tasting early. With your first winery visits under your belt, cycle for another 3 kilometers to reach Craggy vineyard and see for yourself why the winery was voted Best Winery in Australia. From here, enjoy a 16-kilometer bike ride on the limestone cycle trail following the Tuki Tuki River, to the coastal communities of Haumoana and Te Awanga. Admire stunning views as you cycle the raised stop-bank trail and look out over orchards, vineyards and farmlands. Reaching the coast, be ready to taste some more fine wine at Elephant Hill, Clearview Estate, and Te Awanga Estate. If a local lunch is on your wish-list, your host will also be happy to assist with reservations at Clearview Estate. Te Awanga also offer the best pizzas in Hawke’s Bay and you can sit outside on their green lawn. At the end of the day, you will be collected and transferred back to Ahuriri or your accommodation.

Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

3. Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Take a self-guided audio walking tour to discover Napier at your own pace. Take a stroll down Marine Parade, discover the Maori and Mayan-influenced architecture, and listen to a curated playlist to accompany your experience. Walk down the quaint streets of this seaside town where you can see unique architecture and impressive statues, and learn about the festivals and events that make Napier one of a kind. Watch the ocean as you walk along Marine Parade and witness the art-deco architecture of the Masonic Hotel. See Maori motifs, buildings with Mayan influences, and the unique architecture that defines this town. See the widespread art deco influence on buildings such as the AMP and Daily Telegraph buildings while listening to a musical experience curated to immerse you fully in this audio tour.

Napier: Art Deco Bike Ride and Wineries Loop

4. Napier: Art Deco Bike Ride and Wineries Loop

Adapt this diverse, flexible tour to suit how far you want to ride and what you want to see. Grab your family or friends and explore lots of local highlights, including wineries, estuary trails, Art Deco buildings, and coastal pathways. Departing the port village of Ahuriri, cycle around the port to Napier city, a world-renowned Art Deco treasure. Spend some time enjoying the Art Deco buildings before following the coastal pathway with spectacular views across the Pacific to Cape Kidnappers. Turn inland and follow the Tutaekuri River trail, overlooking orchards to the suburb of Taradale. Visit two of the region’s finest wineries, Church Road and the Mission Estate. Then continue onto the Ahuriri Estuary trail with its many native birds. Do all the route or just a part. Cycle 15 kilometers or 50 kilometers over a full or half day. This ride is tailored to you.

Napier: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

5. Napier: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

Learn about Napier’s worst earthquake, the worst in New Zealand in the past 100 years. The earthquake struck in February 1931 and destroyed and leveled most of the city’s buildings. As interesting as it is tragic, this is a memorable story. With a self-guided audio tour have more flexibility to experience it as you wish. Discover why the city is famous for its Art Deco style and learn about the functions of some of the buildings before and after the disaster. Learn about the fire which took hold shortly after the earthquake and ran rampant throughout the city, devastating the buildings that were still standing. Hear all about the temporary accommodation set up in Clive Square to accommodate those displaced by this disastrous event. Included in the tour are the stories of Napier Banks, the tram network, the Municipal Theatre, the Public Trust Building, the reporting of the quake, and the rebuilding and new land. Hear accounts from earthquake survivors Edward Waaka and Theresa Foley. See the Market Reserve Building, St John's Cathedral, the County Hotel, the Conservation Building with the Marine Parade Buildings, the iconic Masonic Hotel, and the HMS Veronica. 

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What people are saying about Napier

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Did the ghost tour. Enjoyed it so sooooooo much. Get into the room and listen to the story carefully, then you find out years ago the ghost just appeared at the place you’re standing right now…..

Lovely day. Not a lot of time if you want to fit in lots of the wineries, but a lovely day if you pick some and take your time. Taikaro tours were great hosts!

Very pleasant cycling with great scenery and lovely wineries. Well organised logistically which made it a relaxing day. Highly recommended.

A great rife on a lovely day apart from the head wind but the electric bikes helped

We did historical tour, very informative and eye opening