Napier’s Waterfront Walkway
Immediately in front of the Napier town centre is the start of one of the loveliest waterfront walks in New Zealand. On Saturday mornings there is a farmers market immediately below Bluff Hill. From there, just follow the path as it meanders through a series of gardens, parks, playgrounds, and the National Aquarium. Art deco through to more modern sculptures are along the route.
Particularly notable features include the Tom Parker art deco fountain, the Pania of the Reef statue (which was actually stolen for a time), the art deco memorial Colonnade and Plaza, the Sunken Garden and the Spirit of Napier. The latter commemorates the city’s recovery from the earthquake.
You can easily get to the beach as you do this walk. The combination of dark (black when wet) pebbles and coarse sand is spectacular against the surf, but it’s not a swimming beach.