Napier-Hastings Hawke’s Bay Airport is situated on State Highway 2 at Westshore. It is approximately 10 minutes away from the Napier’s Central Business District and 20 minutes away from Hastings. Its proximity to the two cities makes the airport frequented by tourists who opted for connecting flights.
The airport’s proximity to the two cities should be reason enough to enjoy a bit of New Zealand. Head off to Napier first, located on the east coast of the North Island. It is one of New Zealand’s most attractive cities due to its largest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world. Go on an Art Deco tour, which is possible by asking for a guided tour or self-tour. To opt for the latter, a booklet can be brought at the Information Center wherein it will guide you to significant buildings you shouldn’t miss. “Art is best served with wine,” so they said. To meet like-minded individuals, try joining food and wine tours, wherein tourists will be served with a delicate amount of Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, coupled with New Zealand’s finest cheeses. A winery tour can be arranged if requested. To experience art at its finest, visiting Napier on February just to experience the sights and sounds of Art Deco weekend is one of the great opportunities of the lifetime. Be awed with the vintage cars passing you by, all the while sitting down and eating in one of the picnics around the city. For a change of scenery, wash away art remnants from your sight by spending a day at the beach. The golden-sanded southern Hawke’s Bay beaches of Waimarama and Ocean beach will work their wonders. The long sandy beaches are good enough for surfing, fishing, and even long walks.
Before reaching Napier, one has to pass through Hastings first. Hastings is the largest populous area in Hawkes Bay. Coming in second after Napier when it comes to tourist attractions makes Hastings in constant rival with its art-laded co-city. However, Hastings has its own light to shine. It is considered as the food-producing capital of New Zealand, which makes its cuisine unrivalled and unparalleled anywhere else. The city is also considered one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. Because of its warm climate, Hastings produces a variety of food not found anywhere else in the country. While in Hastings, do try dining in Sutto Lounge Café, and help yourself to a mouthful of full breakfast and/or brunch menu. After stuffing yourself with a hearty meal, go to the Bay Espresso, where they serve great coffee. Bottoms up, and let your heavy meal go down with the finest coffee there is. To feel the local city life, visit The Farmers Market, wherein you can find the best locally produced food in town. It is best to go here on an early Sunday morning in order to see a variety of the good stuff being sold.
How to get around within Napier
To reach Napier, you can book a taxi, which is relatively inexpensive in the city. However, if you feel like going on a local tour to meet new people, you can opt to take a bus instead. National bus operator InterCity Coachlines and Newman’s Coach Lines provide daily services around the city, with connection throughout the North Island. The same also applies to Hastings.
How to get there
It is being served by Air New Zealand, which provides daily direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Other airlines that served the airport include Sunair that offers flight services to Gisborne, Tauranga, and Hamilton. Air Napier on the other hand, operates scheduled freight services between Paraparaumu, Palmerston North, Napier, Wairoa, and Gisborne.