INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Epic List of the Best Things to do in Napier with kids. Updated 2019.
Napier, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is known as the Art Deco centre of New Zealand.
Napier is part of Hawke’s Bay, the warmest part of NZ all year round and while temperatures rarely rise above 26 degrees in summer (certainly NOT swimming weather for me), the sunny days and mild temps at that time of year make for a good family travel experience.
Hawke’s Bay is the jewel of the North Island’s wine country, and there’s plenty of farmer’s markets too. The rich soil combined with the temperature creates the ideal growing conditions.
Most wineries are family friendly, and some even have PLAYGROUNDS!
Speaking of playgrounds, the playground on Marine Parade is worth a stop for the kids to let off steam. We adore this playground, and particularly the fenced zones which help you to keep an eye on inquisitive toddlers while giving the older kids a challenge!
Napier is a happy place to visit. A walk along Marine Parade is good for the soul.
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Napier Hotels for Kids
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The best Napier shopping starts at the MTG Hawkes Bay.
Their curated store has all the best New Zealand souvenirs from around the country, with a selection of locally based Kiwi souvenirs, books, fashion and jewellery too.
Next, head down the pedestrian AND car friendly Emerson street in the centre of town.
You’ll find most of your favourite high street stores including Whitcoulls (books, stationery, games, puzzles and greeting cards) Glassons fashion, Typo and Strandbags, right next to unique boutiques, Kiwiana souvenir shops, and homewares and kitchen stores.
There’s something for everyone.
Eating out in Napier
Breakers Napier is THE family restaurant in Napier. This chain restaurants serves good wholesome food at affordable prices.
There’s a kids menu, and the last time we visited on a Friday night, my boys were invited to join a local birthday party hosted by the staff with balloons and games!
You must also try an authentic fish and chippy shop for potato cakes (potato fritters) or whitebait fritters, or kumara chips.
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