Car Rentals in Napier Airport, New Zealand
If you’d like to experience New Zealand with a twist, pickup a deal on car hire in Napier Airport and discover this stunning Art Deco town by the seaside on the east coast of NZ.
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A drive around the coast of Hawke’s Bay in eastern New Zealand transports you back to the 1930s.
Napier suffered severe damage after the 1931 earthquake, and therefore rebuilt much of the city according to the fashion of the day.
As a result, Napier became famous worldwide as the Art Deco capital of New Zealand; in fact, it claims to be the Art Deco capital of the world.
Pick up the keys to your hire car and cruise around Napier in the style of the Great Gatsby!
Art Deco, Maori and Wine Tours
Napier has a very strong Maori heritage, so, apart from the low-rise Art Deco city scape – the first cultural landmark in New Zealand nominated for UNESCO World Heritage inclusion – which a lot of architecture fans worldwide rave about, there is also that ethnographic aspect that makes it equally interesting among travelers who want to experience ‘authentic’ New Zealand.
Napier also delights with its established wine industry, so a tour of the region’s wine circuit is a must.
Start from Gisborne in the north, follow the route to nearby Hastings, and then cap it off in southern Hawke’s Bay.
There are 70 wineries to visit, producing a range of varieties like Cabernet Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Semillon, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Tempranillo and Zinfandel are some of the experimental varieties to get adventurous with.
Napier’s food culture goes well with its wine heritage. Enjoy French-country style dining at estates located at the foot of Te Mata Peak.
Pair up history with wine ritual at Mission Valley, the oldest wine-making region in New Zealand.
A number of food and wine events and festivals in the Hawke’s Bay region happen all year-round, so anytime is a good time to visit.
If you come in mid-February, there’s the Art Deco weekend that also features cars from the 1920s and 30s, steam train rides, and the aforementioned Great Gatsby picnic.
Be sure to book for your accommodation and rental car early. Tourist facilities tend to get very crowded as thousands from around the world flock to the event.
Hawke’s Bay by Car
Napier has one of the highest sunshine hours and, due to its location, has an almost Mediterranean climate in the summer.
Its proximity to the golden sands of Hawke’s Bay makes it a perennial summer favourite of holidaymakers.
Drive to Ocean and Waimarama Beaches which are popular among locals.
Don’t forget to bring home with you Maori carvings and crafts. Hit the retail hubs of Emerson and Dickens Streets, or browse for souvenirs in the suburb of Taradale.