Ferg's Fantastic Tour of Napier / NZ$25 per person
I joined a 90-minute sightseeing tour because I wanted to go up to the top of the hill. Although the town of Napier was small enough to walk around, it really looked like lots of work because Napier's hill, Bluff Hill, had a lookeout view of the whole area.
Tour van and a tour guide. He explained about Napier's history, places of interest and how the buildings had been rebuilt after the big earthquake.
Napier City from Bluff Hill looking down the coastline
There was a wonderful view from Bluff Hill, which was located on the north side of the town. The contrast between the town and the deep blue sea was really nice.
The opposite side from Bluff Hill
The view around Napier Airport. About 150 years ago, that area was a swampy place containing salt water. After Hawkes Bay Earsquake, the ground had came up. So people now were able to settle in this area and make housing and crops.
There was the port of Napier under the hill. I could see many containers and woodchips from the top of the hill. Lots of wood pulp were exported to Japan. I heard that "Napier", one of the most popular tissues paper brand of Japan, had came from the name of Napier Port. I got a bit of knowledge from that!
National Tobacco Company, Ltd. Building
This building was built in 1933 and it was located outside the town, near the port of Napier. I heard that it was one of the most beautiful post-earsquake buildings.