Napier is a port city in New Zealand, located in Hawke's Bay (on North Island's eastern coast, approx 18 km / 11 ml south of Hastings). The city has population around 62,000. Napier is located approx 320 km (200 ml) northeast of Wellington. The city is close to both the island's main airport and the seaport serving Hawke's Bay.
The Napier-Hastings urban area is called "The Twin Cities" and "The Bay Cities". Their total population is around 130,000, ranking them NZ's 5th-largest urban area. By population, Napier-Hastings is followed by Tauranga and Dunedin.
Napier NZ is a renowned tourist city, featuring Art Deco architecture. It also has one of NZ's most photographed tourist attractions - the statue named "Pania of the Reef". Manu thousands of tourists flock every February for the Tremains Art Deco Weekend. Other notable themed events are "Food and Wine Classic" and "Mission Estate Concert" (wine-themed).
Port Napier NZ
Port Napier serves the world's largest wool centre. This is northeastern NZ's primary export seaport. This region is the country's major producer of stone fruit, apples and pears. This is also an important grape and wine production area. Large amounts of frozen meat, wood pulp, sheep wool and timber also pass through Port Napier. Smaller amounts are shipped via roads and railways to NZ's largest metro areas - Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington.
The seaport supports local businesses with estimated around 27,000 local jobs (Hawke Bay). In early-November 2018, Port Napier announced plans for building a new wharf (second) on the containership terminal, plus dredging. The new "Building 6 Wharf" will increase port's cargo capacity as both vessel numbers and tonnage.
During season 2015-2016, the cruise port handled 45 ship visits. Cruise companies usually book their port schedules 2-3 years in advance.
During season 2016-2017, the cruise port handled 55 ships, with economic impact on Hawke Bay region around USD 20 million. The annual number of visiting cruise tourists is between 80,000-100,000. They spend on average 4 to 10 hours ashore.
For season 2018-2019, the cruise port had booked a total of 72 ship calls with estimated around 125,000 passengers plus 50,000 crew. Among season's highlights was the maiden call of Majestic Princess (October 21, 2018). The vessel was port's 2nd largest passenger ship ever - after Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. Majestic Princess (capacity 4300 passengers) had scheduled 5 vists in Napier. Ovation of the Seas (capacity 4800 passengers) was booked for 6 visits.
Napier cruise terminal
The wind was blamed for late docking of one of the newest ocean liners in the world at Port Napier on Wednesday, January 2. The 9-deck Viking Orion...January 5, 2019
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With a record number of cruisers booked to visit port of Napier this summer, Hawke's Bay expects an influx of visitors that is equivalent to the...July 16, 2018
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Another massive cruise ship was lined up to visit port of Napier, bringing over 24,000 travelers to the city. Napier Port soon revealed that 70...January 15, 2018
An elderly passenger onboard Diamond Princess has suddenly died Thursday afternoon, December 28, while the vessel was berthed in Napier. The man...December 30, 2017
9 days into a 14-day Australia & New Zealand cruise, ms Noordam had to overnight in Napier due to "a minor mechanical issue", according to...April 4, 2016
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