What's On IN Napier

Whether you’re planning your next visit to Napier to coincide with one of the region’s many great events, or keen to find something to take in while you’re here, there are many terrific options, whatever the season.

For the full listing of Napier and Hawke’s Bay events visit the Hawke’s Bay Tourism events page. Below are our recommendations for the coming months:


Madame Butterfly

Madame Butterfly

Premieres on 13th Feb with successive performances on 15th, 17th and 19th of February.

Festival Opera presents this beloved but tragic opera, reimagined and directed by industry heavyweight Jennifer Ward-Lealand, with production design by John Verryt, previous designer for the acclaimed World of Wearable Art (WOW). Read more »

Tremains Art Deco Festival 2018

Tremains Art Deco Festival 2018

14th - 18th February 2018

Travel back in time with Napier’s Tremains Art Deco Festival.

The tens of thousands of people revelling in the 1930s atmosphere created in the heart of the city gives the sensation that you have travelled back in time to an era of glitz and glamour!

New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Napier, celebrates its annual festival in February with over 200 events, including entertainment experiences, outdoor concerts, vintage car parades, fashions shows, dining experiences, great Gatsby picnics and so much more. Over 40,000 people flock from all over the world into Napier to see it transform back in time and enjoy this iconic event.

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Nicolas Feuillatte VIP Lounge

Nicolas Feuillatte VIP Lounge

16 - 18 February 2018

This iconic event has been transformed, guests will enjoy all of the perks of previous festivals plus so much more! One Day passes and full 3 Day passes available. The VIP Lounge allows guests to escape the festival madness to the most sought-after weather proof space within the very heart of the Art Deco Festival. Read more »

Horse of The Year

Horse of The Year

13-18 March 2018

The Annual Horse of The Year Show is New Zealand’s Premier Equestrian Competition, featuring a range of horse and rider combinations from multiple disciplines. With over 1800 riders and 2500 horses competing for lucrative titles and prize money the show is a feature on most equestrian calendars.

The 2018 event is already shaping up to be one of the strongest shows yet, with a number of elite riders indicating their presence at hoy. Olympian and previous event title winner Clarke Johnstone Is once again looking forward to the show and its atmosphere, which he felt helped enormously in his preparation for the 2016 Olympics At Rio. Read more »

The Big Easy on the Hawke's Bay Trails is back for Easter 2018

The Big Easy on the Hawke's Bay Trails is back for Easter 2018

Easter Saturday | 31 March 2018

Saturday 31st March will see us riding out from Black Barn Vineyards in Havelock North, heading out on River Road to hit the Hawke’s Bay Trails.

After enjoying 42km of tasty stops, you will aim to finish at Church Road Winery for the finale party and concert which starts at 2pm (but if you take longer that’s ok, it means you are enjoying all the distractions along the way!). Stay tuned for the concert announcement...it will be BIG. Read more »