So much to do in Napier on a Rainy day.

By   Pip   -  March 29 / 2022

Not that it ever rains in Hawke’s Bay, but if it did – 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 Tennyson Cafe, Salt Cafe and Bay Coffee Hub 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 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, Time Zone in Emerson Street is the ideal place for an afternoon of game playing!  Enigma Escape Room at Archies Backpackers will give the family a few hours of mystery fun! Perfect for children and adults alike.

No list would be complete without some more of our favourite Napier haunts, perfect for an ‘inside day’:

The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things...

A curated collection of handmade products from some of the finest creative makers in New Zealand.  Where innovation is celebrated and the imagination set free.

Monday - Sunday: 10am-4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday

MTG Hawke's Bay

Visit the region’s award-winning museum. Explore interactive exhibitions, learn about local history and discover treasures from our archives. Kids’ activities, theatre events and a gift shop onsite means there’s something for everyone. Free entry.

Mon - Sun 9.30am-5pm

Creative Arts Napier (CAN)

Visit the hub of Napier’s community arts in a beautiful historic building a short stroll from the heart of the city centre.
Enjoy free entry to the ever-changing exhibitions, join in on one of the many art workshops on offer or browse the locally made artwork for sale.


Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

The Tennyson

Cafe by day. Pizza, pasta, cocktails by night. The Tennyson boasts a modern Art Deco elegance. Enjoy the sunny, road-side terrace or venture inside for air-conditioned comfort.

We believe in homemade food, cooked with fresh, real ,healthy and seasonal ingredients. Our knowledgeable staff is always on hands to offer recommendations and help you choose the perfect food.

07:00 - 15:30
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