Napier is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities, located at the south of the Hawkes Bay, just 20 minutes out of Hastings. Palm trees line the inner-city streets and the wonderfully sculpted Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the shore of the city. Along Marine Parade various parks, gardens and memorials give the water’s edge its distinct character, and you'll also find the i-SITE Visitor Centre and various local attractions.

Known as the Art Deco City, Napier has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world. Every February, thousands of people flock to Napier to celebrate the Art Deco Weekend Summer Festival, sending the township back to a time of new hope. The Festival celebrates the reconstruction of Napier City after a devastating earthquake in 1931. Music, performers, dancing in the street; trains, planes and automobiles; picnics, galas and frivolity in true vintage style bring the 1930s back to life.

Napier is also the home of New Zealand wine, housing the oldest wineries and wine-making establishments in the country. With some of the best sunshine hours in New Zealand, mountainous shelter from prevailing westerly winds, and refreshing sea breezes, not only is Napier a great climate for visiting, but is ideal for grape growing.

Links to more information about Napier

iSite Visitor Centre:
Hawkes Bay: and

What’s the Weather Like?
Napier enjoys a near-Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters

At the time of our conference, expect daytime temperatures between 7 to 17 degrees, and an average of six hours sunshine a day.


Air New Zealand fly direct to Napier from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Jet Star fly direct from Auckland

Between the two carriers there are in excess of 10 daily flights between Auckland and Napier.

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Hawkes Bay Airport is where you will arrive. FYI, the details are:
Phone: 06-835 3427 (24 hrs)
Physical address: Main North Rd, Napier Airport, Napier 4110

Agricultural Restrictions and Quarantine
New Zealand's agricultural industries are free of many insect pests and plant and animal diseases common elsewhere in the world. We put a lot of effort at ports and airports into minimising the risk of these being introduced. Heavy fines may be imposed on people caught carrying prohibited materials. On arrival visitors should place any questionable items, particularly fruit, in the bins provided.

Air Travel
For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Meeting commences. Travellers flying westward across the Pacific Ocean are reminded that they will lose a day by crossing the International Date Line. The ‘lost day’ will be returned on the return journey. To obtain the best rates for domestic air travel, it is essential to book airfares as soon as possible, go to It is recommended that you pre-book your transfer from the Airport.

Combined Taxis
P: 06 835 7777

Baywide Taxis
P: 0800 885 533

1/2 Price Cabs
P: 06 974 4444

NZ has great easy roads to drive, with good directions.
Auckland – Napier 5 hours 33 minutes drive time
Rotorua – Napier 2 hours 41 minutes drive time
Tauranga – Napier 3 hours 31 minutes drive time
Wellington - Napier 4 hours 11 minutes drive time
Nelson – Napier 9 hours 23 minutes drive time (via ferry across The Cook Straight)
Christchurch – Napier 12 hours 12 minutes (via ferry across The Cook Straight)