Located on beautiful Marine Parade, Marineland of New Zealand is a small park for marine mammals. Marineland gives visitors the opportunity to view these beautiful creatures in a simulated natural environment. Marineland was opened in January 1965, shortly after the park captured their first Dolphin. Throughout the decades, the park has added seals, sea lions, dolphins, gannet and many other aquatic animals to their line up. Marineland is currently home to dolphins, Californian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, penguins, gannets and a sulphur crested cockatoo named Bobby, who has been with the park since 1988.
Napier Kiwi House
Located on Marine Parade, the Napier Kiwi House celebrates New Zealand’s most well known animal, the kiwi bird. The kiwi is one of many flightless birds endemic to Australasia, and is the smallest, although it lays the largest egg. The kiwi is the national symbol for New Zealand; the animal is tough and full of energy, similar to its human counterparts. The Napier Kiwi House is a small zoo for visitors who wish to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.
Mission Estate Winery
Nestled in the Taradale Hills, Mission Estate Winery was established in 1851 and is currently the oldest winery in New Zealand. Mission Estate is also one of Hawkes Bay’s largest winery and has local a reputation for consistently producing high quality wine, which is no mean feat in a country internationally renowned for their high quality wines!
National Aquarium of New Zealand
The National Aquarium of New Zealand, on Marine Parade, provides travelers with a chance to get close to more fearsome underwater creatures. The Aquarium has three different enclosures, containing exotic animals like water dragons and coral reef fish, a native enclosure contained New Zealand animals such as kiwi birds and tuatara and the ocean life enclosure, where you will see everything from pretty seahorses to fearsome sharks and piranhas. The Aquarium is shaped like a giant stingray, situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The building’s proximity to the water means that fresh seawater can be regularly pumped into the enclosures. The National Aquarium of New Zealand is open daily from 9am till 5pm, excluding Christmas Day.
Art deco City
When a massive earthquake leveled the New Zealand coastal city of Napier in 1931, killing 162 people and causing major devastation, there was little to be done except rebuild. That essential task, completed over the following two years, inadvertently gave New Zealand one of the world's best collections of art deco architecture — and the city's visitors are still enthralled. Many of the buildings are listed by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, and it is possible to go inside some of them. Some of them are also the only art deco buildings in the world to incorporate traditional Maori designs into their decoration.
The best place to start is on the waterfront, where the New Napier Arch, on Marine Parade, frames the Pacific Ocean.