What to do in Napier on a rainy day

Hawke’s Bay is known for its temperate climate and that means there’s never very much in the way of rain.  But on those random days, Napier is just as pretty as she is in the sunshine and there’s no shortage of things to do and fun to be had.

Who doesn’t love being inside with a coffee and a scone when its raining cats and dogs?  Napier has some very comfy cafes including Groove Kitchen Espresso, Ujazi and ZiggZagg Cafe where you will find delicious home baking, heart-warming soup and steaming coffee.

Take a tour of Napier Prison at the foot of Bluff Hill.  Built in 1862, it’s New Zealand’s oldest prison.  Tours are available where you’ll learn about the prisons most famous inmates, walk through the Hanging Yard and you may even see a ghost believed to have occupied the complex for well over a century.  For the more adventurous, night tours are also available.

There’s nothing like a dose of retail therapy to fix the rainy day blues.  From large department stores like Farmers to independent retailers like Homebase Collections and The Department of Curiosities, there’s shopping galore in the city, all within walking distance.

Curl up with a good book or magazine in the Napier Library, now located in its temporary home inside the rear of the MTG Building on Herschell Street.

If the children in your party are getting cabin fever, Laserforce in Wellesley Road is the ideal place for them to get sweaty and let off some steam.  The action laser tag game venue is open seven days and all public holidays.  Perfect for children and adults alike.

No list would be complete with out some more of our favourite Napier haunts, perfect for an ‘inside day’:

National Aquarium of NZ on Marine Parade

Creative Arts Napier (CAN) on Byron Street

MTG Hawke’s Bay also on Marine Parade – a museum, theatre and gallery in equal parts.  Free entry

Reading Cinemas in Station Street – four screens for your viewing pleasure.

Take in a concert at the Napier Municipal Theatre on Tennyson Street

Play a board game over a beer at one of Napier’s bars and pubs.

Go for a swim in one of the outdoor heated pools or soak in a spa at Ocean Spa on Marine Parade.

Words by Sarah Cameron – www.sarahcameron.co.nz

Photos by Florence Charvin – www.fotographiebyflorencecharvin.co.nz

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