Napier is a port city, and its seafront is also famous, lined with Norfolk pines. Marine Parade will take you down to the 1935 Soundshell Stage, reminiscent of old beach-side concerts.
Napier is home to the National Aquarium, where you can see not only sharks and piranhas, but also kiwi and tuatara. There are cameras in their burrows, so you can still watch them even if they’re hiding.
The Hawke’s Bay is wine country, which can be enjoyed at the annual Wine and Food Festival, the Mission Estate Winery’s concert, or by flying over the vines at dawn in a hot air balloon.