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Ridgetop Bed & Breakfast, Napier, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine

Napier (Ahuriri in Maori) is a seaport, located in Hawke’s Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island. About eighteen kilometres south of Napier is the inland city of Hastings. These two neighboring cities are often called “The Twin Cities” or “The Bay Cities” of New Zealand.

Napier is the nexus of the largest wool centre in the Southern Hemisphere, and it is home to the primary export seaport for northeastern New Zealand – which is also the largest producer of apples, pears, and stone fruit in the country. Napier hasrecently become an important grape and wine production area, with the grapes grown mostly around Hastings being sent through the Port of Napier for export. Large amounts of sheep’s wool, frozen meat, wood pulp, and timber also pass through Napier annually for export. On February 3, 1931, most of Napier was levelled by an earthquake. The collapse of buildings and the ensuing fires killed 256 people. The centre of the town was destroyed by the earthquake, and later rebuilt in the Art Deco style popular at that time. Some 4000 hectares of today’s Napier were undersea before the earthquake raised it up above sea level.

It is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef. Thousands of people flock to Napier every February for the Art Deco Weekend event, a celebration of its Art Deco heritage and history. Other notable tourist events attracting many outsiders include the region’s annual Wine & Food Festival (named Harvest Hawke’s Bay), and Mission Concert at the Mission Estate Winery in the nearby township of Taradale.

Ridgetop Bed & Breakfast on Napier Hill is a two storey house with views of the bay, offering comfortable accommodation in a Queen Bed Room with own bath room including bath/shower and off street parking. It is conveniently located within walking distance to Napier’s Art Deco City Centre and historic Port Ahuriri with many excellent restaurants.

The guest amenities include a generous guest room with private bathroom,  TV and tea-making facilities in your room. The hosts offer free laundry facilities, a free pick-up service, and off-street parking. Major credit cards accepted and it is a non-smoking house. Ridgetop is located on top of a ridge with spectacular views and it is walking distance to Napier townsite.

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Your host Rod is happy to help with local information and tours offering attractions to suit all tastes. Discover Marineland, The Aquarium, or Kiwi House. For the more adventurous there is Parasailing, Windsurfing, or a visit to the Ocean Spa for an awesome day in first class bathing pools. There are abundant shopping opportunities where you can browse through Antique Shops, Art Galleries, and much more.

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