CWC 2015: Napier First XI Highlights

With its near-Mediterranean climate, art-deco architecture, amazing wine, beaches and wildlife, Napier is one of New Zealand’s premier tourist destinations.

Napier will host three ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 matches, including New Zealand-Afghanistan on 8 March 2015. Visit the official ICC website for a full list of fixtures in Napier and read on for a list of 11 ‘must-do’ activities pre and post-game.

Step back in time

Take a vintage car tour and discover Napier’s Art Deco delights and hear about the devastating 1931 earthquake that shaped the region’s heritage. Combine it with a walking tour of the city to discover the architectural gems up close.

For visitors who find themselves in Napier between 19-22 February 2015, joining in the annual Art Deco Festival is a must. Over 30,000 people celebrate the city’s heritage by stepping back in time with art deco dress, music and dance and 200 amazing events to join in.

Art Deco Napier

Dance of the gannets

Cape Kidnappers is the largest and most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world. Visitors to the colony can expect to see over 20,000 of these amazing birds nesting, preening, flying and performing the famous recognition ritual "dance of the gannets".

Options for enjoying a trip to the Gannets include an overland 4x4 safari tour with Gannet Safaris, travelling across some of Hawke’s Bay’s most landscapes viewing spectacular scenery. A unique fun alternative is to travel with Gannet Beach adventures along the beach on a unique tractor and trailer ride.

Gannets Galore

Coasting along

The Hawke’s Bay Trails are fast becoming known as the best place to "coast" when it comes to cycling. Representing thee of the official New Zealand Cycle Trails; The Landscapes, Wineries and Water Rides, are all flat and easy on the legs with numerous places to stop for good coffee, wine, local ice-cream and scenic snapshots.

Every age and stage can enjoy as much or as little as they like of the 200-plus kilometres of on-road and off-road trails.

Scenery includes everything from mountainous lookouts and beautiful lowland rivers to endangered wetland wildlife and the sweeping Hawke’s Bay coastline.

The Hawke’s Bay Trails

Visit a Maori legend

Standing 400 metres above sea level Te Mata Peak offers stunning 360 degree views of Hawke’s Bay. Maori legend says Te Mata Peak is said to be a sleeping giant "Chief Rongokako" who fell in love with the neighbouring chief's daughter.

She set him many tasks to win her hand, the last being to eat his way through the hill for her family to travel easily but he choked on a rock and dropped to the ground. His laying form can be seen when looking towards Te Mata Peak.

Te Mata Peak

Saddle up!

Cycle your way around the wineries in the famed Bridge Pa and Gimblett Gravels wine growing areas. Taste your way around 11 Cellar Doors including Sileni Estate, Trinity Hill, Alpha Domus and Ngatarawa. Factor in a picnic platter lunch or a la carte dining at Te Awa Winery Restaurant.

Ride as much or as little as you like of the 36 kilometre route which is completely flat, easy to ride limestone surface and completely off-road. Take your own bike or hire one from one of the many cycle tour companies.

Wine and ride

Winery Dining

Make the most of your time in New Zealand’s oldest wine region with a visit to one of the many iconic winery restaurants.

Showcasing the best of their award winning wines and bountiful fresh local produce, must dos include Craggy Range Winery, Mission Estate, Black Barn Vineyards, Elephant Hill Winery Restaurant, Clearview Estate, Crab Farm, Church Road and Vidal Winery Restaurant.

Wine and dine in Hawke's Bay

Tee off in style

Consistently ranked in the top 40 courses in the world, a round at Cape Kidnappers is an absolute must for any golfer. Designed by American Tom Doak who applied his minimalist philosophy, his goal in designing the course was to create interesting holes you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

Be exhilarated as you stand 140 metres above sea level and look out beyond the waves far below. You’ll hit shots over the top of Tea trees, play along the edges of deep ravines and make perilous leaps from one ridge to another as you play seaside golf at its finest.

Cape Kidnappers

Ocean encounters

New Zealand’s largest display of aquatic life and unique New Zealand wildlife including sharks, piranha, kiwi, tuatara and penguins. The National Aquarium situated on Napier’s foreshore, is designed to resemble a huge stingray, stretching along the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

It is a centre of education, entertainment and cultural experience. Choose to explore at your own pace with a guide on a behind the scenes tour or in the main oceanarium. For a truly unique experience take a dip in the tank with the Sharks and Stingrays and other marine life at the Aquarium.

The National Aquarium

Art, culture and more

Located in the heart of Napier’s cultural precinct, MTG Hawke’s Bay is a place where people, objects and ideas meet. Comprising a Museum, Theatre and Gallery - MTG inhabits three buildings of distinct character; an art deco masterpiece, a modernist gem and a light-filled gallery that looks out across the magnificent Hawke’s Bay.

MTG Hawke’s Bay is home to a nationally significant collection of art and objects that form the foundation of its distinctive exhibitions and a world-class research facility. The MTG Theatre hosts a lively programme of film and performing arts.

MTG Hawke’s Bay

Tantalise the taste buds

The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Markets showcase some of the region’s finest products. Meet the grower, producer or maker and chat with them about their freshly grown produce and homemade products.

Touch, smell and taste your way around one of New Zealand original Farmers Markets. Grab a hot freshly roasted coffee and a bite from one of the hot food stalls. Take a rug or a chair and enjoy the live music and catch up with friends and locals.

Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Markets