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Napier Local Events

Hastings Christmas At the Races

Thurs 14th Dec, 2pm Hastings Racecourse, Hastings

The best of the Bay comes out to shine at Hastings Christmas at the Races!

There are two popular events to choose from this season. The first event features the Summer F.A.W.C! Series with the Flaming Christmas at the Races with Raymond van Rijk of BBQ Gourmet - yum! The second event is held on a Thursday afternoon at twilight.

Bryan Adams

Black Barn Vineyards

Bryan Adams will bring his 'Get Up' world tour to New Zealand early next year, taking in some of the country’s most iconic and picturesque outdoor summer venues.

Adams was last in New Zealand in 2013 with his Bare Bones Tour, but this will be the first time since 2003 that he will bring his full live band! Supporting artists are Kiwi legends Dave Dobbyn and Jordan Luck Band.

Two of New Zealand’s most-loved and recognisable fixtures, Dave Dobbyn and Jordan Luck Band (of the Exponents) will both play sets, opening for Adams at all four venues, completing a talent-packed line-up that’s guaranteed to be one of the must-see shows of early 2018.

Swing Band Era Concert

The Cabana, 11 Shakespeare Rd, Napier

The 19 piece Liberty Swing Band, with vocalist Jo Gibbs, will be performing a one only special concert of swing hits from the 30s and 40s, compared by well-known television personality Ian Johnstone.
Featured will be the best music of the great swing era bandleaders and singers, such as Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Count Basie, and Ella Fitzgerald etc.
Why not make up a party and enjoy the classic sounds of a traditional Big Band – a night not to be missed.

Ashton Family Circus & Dylan Daisy's Magic Show

Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier (Fri 30 Mar 18 – Mon 2 Apr 18 12pm)

All the fun of the circus - free at The Extravaganza Fair.
All the fun of the circus - free at The Extravaganza Fair.
Performing throughout the day this family show will charm and delight the young and old. From acrobats, dancing, performing 'tigers' and magic!!!

Ashton Family Circus & Dylan Daisy's Magic Show

Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier (Fri 30 Mar 18 – Mon 2 Apr 18 12pm)

All the fun of the circus - free at The Extravaganza Fair.
All the fun of the circus - free at The Extravaganza Fair.
Performing throughout the day this family show will charm and delight the young and old. From acrobats, dancing, performing 'tigers' and magic!!!

Napier City Christmas Parade


Come and join in the magic of Xmas with the Napier City Xmas Parade
With over 50 displays and floats, this year's Xmas Parade is even bigger than ever and now has an extended parade route. With the parade now being held on Sunday, parking will be free in the CBD.

Sunday 26 November 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Bridge Pa Wine Festival 2018

Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District, 305 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa, Hastings (Sat 20 Jan 18 10am–6pm)

Eight Wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District of Hawke's Bay, are once again coming together to run the Fourth Annual Bridge Pa Wine Festival.
All wineries will be connected by Hop On/Hop Off Buses, allowing attendees to visit multiple wineries and enjoy a wide range of wine experiences. Each Winery has different offerings of Wine, Food, and Music.
The wineries involved are Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge, Ngatarawa, Oak Estate, Paritua, Red Metal and Sileni.
General Admission only - $38 per person.
General Admission tickets including bus transfer from a city pick up point - $55 per person
A general admission ticket gets you access to each of the festival sites, hop on/hop off buses that travel between each festival site, a festival brochure and festival glass.
For City transfers please purchase the ticket for the pickup point that you wish to use, buses will pick up from Napier, Taradale Lee, Hastings and Havelock North. The cost includes transfers both ways.
Admission prices do not include the cost of wine or food. Please do not bring any alcohol or food with you.
This event will go ahead rain or shine, it will not be cancelled for weather. Tickets are limited to 2500 so be quick to book.
Online sales of tickets will finish at 5pm on the day before the festival. Please bring proof of purchase from Eventfinda (including voucher number) for entry.

Cox Partners Christmas At the Park

Anderson Park, Kennedy Road, Taradale, Napier (Sat 9 Dec 17 2:00pm – 9:45pm)

Free to enter family-friendly Christmas event this year features Benny Tipene, Omega Levine and local artists Badger and Fraser Mack. Free face painting and confidence course for children & teenagers.
Gates open at 2pm, children's entertainment starts at 4pm, stage entertainment begins at 5pm and the evening finishes at 9:45 after a fireworks display. Spot prizes. A variety of food vendors will be on site. Glow merchandise and eftpos facilities available.
Parking available off Freyberg Avenue - gold coin donation.
This event is strictly alcohol free - alcohol will not be permitted inside the event arena. All bags will be searched and alcohol confiscated.
Event organised by Kaisen Trust, finalist in the NZ Event Awards for best community event.

Boxing Day Party 2017

Cape Estate, 34 Gordan Rd, Te Awanga, Hastings

Get ready for summer 2017/18 in Hawkes Bay. Madcap is proud to once again host the Secret Garden Party at Cape Estate on Boxing Day this year.
Cape Estate is located on the elevated terrace of Te Awanga Downs overlooking sweeping vineyards, glistening sea and the spectacular Hawkes Bay coastline landmark Cape Kidnappers. With its beautiful secret garden, tennis court and swimming pool this is set to be a very lively day.
Live music, Kubb competitions, an amazing selection of local food/drink with friends & family, what more could you want.

Christmas Premier High Tea at The County Hotel

The County Hotel, 12 Browning St, Napier (Sat 25 Nov 17 2pm & Sat 9 Dec 17 2pm)

High Tea is quite simply a ritual of pleasure & divine decadence. Delicious and fun, it is an afternoon treat that simply delights the palate, mind, and soul. High Tea is very special and creates moments to remember. Our beautiful dining room will transform into a girly girl’s dream, adorning plush pinks, fine china & floral blooms.
Sweet tea aromas will fill restaurant in anticipation of your arrival. We are proud to serve only the finest of tea’s & sublime handmade gourmet goodies.
Our generous High Tea menus are simply for your pleasure and delight.
French Bubbles on arrival
Mini Finger Sandwich selection
Lemon cream cheese & cucumber
Egg salad & champagne ham
Smoked Salmon Pâté crostini
Apple & Turkey sausage rolls
Ricotta, Chive & Tomato mini tarts
Vanilla bean & Summer Frosting cupcakes
Scones with Chantilly cream and fruit preserves
Mini Christmas Shortbreads
A beautiful selection of Aromatic Teas & coffee
Gluten free & vegetarian options are available please advise when booking.
Our full wine & beverage list is also available on the day for you to purchase additional beverages.

Kiwi Christmas At the Museum

MTG Century Theatre, 9 Herschell Street, Napier (Sunday 26 Nov 17 10:30am – 1:00pm)

MTG plays host to a special preview of New Zealand film Kiwi Christmas.
Directed by Tony Simpson (Kiwi Flyer) Kiwi Christmas is the first film that speaks to our own experience of Christmas. Disillusioned with the materialism of Christmas, Santa escapes to as far from the North Pole as possible – New Zealand! When his reindeerless-sleigh crashes and sinks in the waters of an idyllic holiday beach, he is found washed up by 8-year-old Sam and his 12-year-old sister Molly and their newly separated parents.
The family discovers who Santa really is and must unite to rescue him from the local Coastwatch who have set out to capture him, and convince him to return to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve.
Tickets available from the MTG front desk from Monday 6 November and Century Theatre Box-office half an hour before screening ($5 children, $10 Adults, free under 5 years old).

Speedway and Stockcar Kuru Cup Championship

Meeanee Speedway, Sandy Road, Meeanee, Napier

Second to last Speedway meeting of the 2017–2018 Season and the Stockcars line up for their Championship and the prestige of taking home the magnificent Kuru Cup.
Several of visiting drivers from Palmerston North and Rotorua are expected for this championships, so expect plenty of action!
So grab a jacket and get your group or family together and head to the Speedway for a thrilling night of hard hitting Stockcar racing.

Te Matau a Māui Summer Sailing Series

West Quay, 32 West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier

Take in the amazing Hawke Bay and its incredible landscapes from the outstanding perspective of the sea.
Gain an understanding of how Māori continue to navigate by the sun, moon, stars, planets, tides, and weather.
Get involved during the journey and try your hand at knot tying, sail rigging, and steering the waka as she moves through the ocean.
An authentic and transformative experience awaits you.

Saturday Night Fever - The Musical

Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier Friday 24 November 2017 8:00pm – 10:30pm

The greatest dancefloor musical of all time, Saturday Night Fever, will tour arenas and theatres in New Zealand this November and December.
Saturday Night Fever is the iconic coming-of-age story of young Tony Manero who learns the value of life in 1970s Brooklyn. By day he is a humble paint store clerk but at night he turns into the polyester-clad king of the local discotheque. He uses the dance floor as an escape from the reality of his dead-end job, clashes with his unsupportive and squabbling parents, racial tensions in the local community, and his association with a gang of dead-beat friends.
This contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of talented actors, singers and dancers meet a new generation of theatre-goers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age disco fantasy.
Combining some of the most groundbreaking choreography ever with the best-selling motion picture soundtrack of all time, Saturday Night Fever will be staged in 24 arenas and theatres around New Zealand as the ultimate end of year party event.
"Hit song after hit song, bright lights and dancing to blow you away." - BBC

Napier Port Harbour to Hills

East Pier Hotel, 50 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier (Sunday 8 April 2018 7am – 3:30pm)

The Napier Port Harbour To Hills 2018 is a destination triathlon and Napier and its surrounding areas has much to offer to competitors and your supporters.
The race starts and ends in the heart of Napier and takes in the stunning surroundings of Hawke’s Bay and its many attractions.
Starting with a sheltered 2km Ocean swim with Napier Port as its backdrop you will then head out on a 95km bike heading along Marine Parade with the Ocean on your left looking out over Cape Kidnappers.
The bike course then heads inland on quiet roads where you will take in some stunning scenery heading around the Tuki Tuki Valley looking out over Te Mata Peak before heading back to Napier.
From here you will head out on a 21km which will consist of 2 laps running on the boardwalk past many of Napier’s attractions Ocean Spa, Napier War Memorial and Conference Centre, Napier’s Sound Shell, Sunken Gardens, Skate Park and the National Aquarium.