We spent two nights at the Scenic Hotel Te Pania - which is centrally located. Rooms were spacious and comfortable, reception was very efficient. Breakfast service was a bit haphazard.
We took dinner in Take Five Restaurant and Jazz Bar (189 Marine Parade, Napier) which was excellent. Service was unsurpassable - keen staff eager to help with plenty of info on food (usually local and organic) and drinks (almost all New Zealand produced.
The Steak Out Licensed Restaurant (255 Marine Parade, Napier) does an excellent range of steaks accompanied with the kind of matter-of-fact service with which I am so enamoured.
The wine tour of Hawkes Bay we booked directly on the Bay Tours and Charters website. Our four hour "Vintage Tour" covered 4 vineyards including Moana Park, Mission Estate Winery, Unison Vineyard and Matariki Wines. Costs were 85NZD and we were picked up from our hotel.
The Art Deco Walking Tour was run by the Art Deco Trust. The 90-minute walk was preceded by a presentation about the history of Napier and followed by a video of Napier. The afternoon tour cost 20NZD and start at the Deco Centre, 163 Tennyson Street, Napier A variety of tours are offered - including one in an vintage car of the 1930's.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook