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Napier is a city located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of its most charming cities. It is a popular tourist destination and is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities. The city is known for its unique collection of Art Deco inspired architecture, seen in buildings that were built after the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and is therefore known as the Art Deco city. Napier has a tiny population of Muslims, making it relatively difficult for Muslim visitors to find Muslim-friendly facilities such as mosques and Halal restaurants in Napier. Napier’s architecture is what draws in tourists. The buildings, including the Art Deco ones, are quite noticeably different from the ones found in any other city. Tourists should definitely make it a point to walk around Napier and take in the sights. A must-visit when with kids is the National Aquarium of New Zealand which is also known as the Napier Aquarium. It is one of Hawke’s Bay’s premier tourist attractions and is the largest display of aquatic life and unique local wildlife, in New Zealand. The aquarium boasts a 50 metre long acrylic tunnel as well as numerous exhibits that include sharks, different fish species, stingrays, living coral and much more. Some other things tourists can do is visit the Napier Prison which is New Zealand's oldest prison, relax and unwind on one of Hawke's Bay’s beaches; which are located outside Napier but not too far away. And, a trip to Napier is not complete without a visit to Cape Kidnappers. This is a headland that sits at the end of an 8 kilometre peninsula which juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Cape Kidnappers is an extremely popular destination among tourists and is a breeding site for a large number of Australasian Gannets and was therefore identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. For those looking to buy a few odds and ends in Napier, Emerson Street and Dickens Street have a couple of shops that may interest tourists, including ones that sell souvenirs....more

Napier, New Zealand

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Napier is a city located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of its most charming cities. It is a popular tourist destination and is one of New Zealand's most attractive cities. The city is known for its unique collection of Art Deco inspired architecture, seen in buildings that were built after the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and is therefore known as the Art Deco city. Napier has a tiny population of Muslims, making it relatively difficult for Muslim visitors to find Muslim-friendly facilities such as mosques and Halal restaurants in Napier.

Napier’s architecture is what draws in tourists. The buildings, including the Art Deco ones, are quite noticeably different from the ones found in any other city. Tourists should definitely make it a point to walk around Napier and take in the sights. A must-visit when with kids is the National Aquarium of New Zealand which is also known as the Napier Aquarium. It is one of Hawke’s Bay’s premier tourist attractions and is the largest display of aquatic life and unique local wildlife, in New Zealand. The aquarium boasts a 50 metre long acrylic tunnel as well as numerous exhibits that include sharks, different fish species, stingrays, living coral and much more.

Some other things tourists can do is visit the Napier Prison which is New Zealand's oldest prison, relax and unwind on one of Hawke's Bay’s beaches; which are located outside Napier but not too far away. And, a trip to Napier is not complete without a visit to Cape Kidnappers. This is a headland that sits at the end of an 8 kilometre peninsula which juts out into the Pacific Ocean. Cape Kidnappers is an extremely popular destination among tourists and is a breeding site for a large number of Australasian Gannets and was therefore identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International.

For those looking to buy a few odds and ends in Napier, Emerson Street and Dickens Street have a couple of shops that may interest tourists, including ones that sell souvenirs.

Nearby Airports

Located in the Napier suburb of Westshore, is the Hawke's Bay Airport which is also sometimes referred to as the Napier Airport. It is Hawke's Bay's main commercial airport from which domestic planes fly to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Gisborne, Tauranga, Hamilton and Rotorua. This airport is also allowed to permit a limited amount of international flights carrying a small number of passengers. The Hawke's Bay Airport is located in an area which was affected by the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake and was subsequently raised above sea level. 

Halal Restaurants

There are a couple of Halal-friendly restaurants in the Hawke’s Bay-Napier region that Muslim tourists can dine at. These include Kilim, Thien Thai Restaurant and Hot Chick Restaurant. Muslim travelers should stick to vegetarian options when dining at local, non-Halal restaurants after ensuring that the vegetarian dishes served do not include any non-halal items. When sight-seeing, Muslim tourists are advised to pack up some food and take it with them as it is quite difficult to find Halal food outside the city.

Mosques

There are no mosques or prayer facilities in Napier. However, the closest mosque is located about 18 kilometres south of Napier in a place called Hastings. This Masjid is known as the Hawke’s Bay Baitul Mokarram Masjid and Islamic Centre Trust and is located about 20 minutes away from Napier City. Muslims visiting Napier are therefore urged to perform their prayers in the hotel room if possible.

Things to Do and See in Napier

  • Marine Parade
  • Te Mata Peak
  • MTG Hawke's Bay
  • Waimarama Beach
  • National Aquarium of New Zealand
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • No Airport found.
  • No Halal dish found.
  • A Muslim Traveller's Guide to Finding Halal Food in New Zealand

    Planning a visit to New Zealand and looking for Halal Food in New Zealand's major cities like Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Dunedin, Rotorua, Taupo, Nelson and Napier?  Read HalalTrip's guide to get more information. New Zealand is a destination that is sure to be at the top of every individual’s travel bucket list. A mixture of stunning natural settings and fascinating mad-made attractions, cultures and more, New Zealand offers so much to do and see, and has thus become one of the most favored travel destinations in the world. . It is home to world-renowned attractions such as One Tree Hill, the Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound, the Franz Josef Glacier, Sky Tower, Hobbiton and Abel Tasman National Park. It also happens to be home to a variety of cultures, with individuals from around the world now calling the island country their home. These immigrants brought with them a variety of religions, including Islam. New Zealand today therefore, consists of a sizeable Muslim population. Read on to find out how Muslim-friendly New Zealand is, and to discover how easy it will be to find prayer facilities and Halal food in New Zealand. . Halal Food in New Zealand Halal food is a huge concern amongst Muslims who travel. If Halal food is hard to find in a certain destination, a sizeable percentage of travelers choose not to visit the destination. How easy will it therefore be for Muslim travelers to find Halal food in New Zealand? The answer is, quite easy! While many smaller towns will most likely not house any Halal restaurants in New Zealand, most of the country’s larger cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, etc., offer a plethora of Halal options for Muslim visitors to New Zealand. New Zealand has in fact become one of the largest exporters of Halal products, such as Halal meat. Muslim tourists who have the means to prepare their own meals are therefore sure to find numerous shops selling Halal meats and more. . Halal Food in Auckland Auckland is the top place in New Zealand to find Muslim-friendly facilities. Due to it being a multicultural city, Muslim visitors, no matter where they are from, will be able to find Halal food in Auckland that will suit their tastes and budgets. From Middle Eastern cuisine to Italian, Indian, Chinese, Malay, and America, visitors will be able to find it all. Mosques in Auckland are also in plenty. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Auckland . Halal Food in Wellington New Zealand’s capital; Wellington is also quite Muslim-friendly. Muslim tourists will be able to dine on Halal cuisine at Satay Kajang, Curry Pot and Marrakech Café. International chains like Nando’s also have Halal restaurants in Wellington. There are also a few mosques in Wellington that serve the local Muslim community, as well as Muslim tourists. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Wellington . Halal Food in Hamilton Muslims heading to Hamilton will also be able to find Muslim-friendly facilities. There may not be as many Halal restaurants in Hamilton as there are in Auckland, but restaurants like Biryani House and Kebabs Salateen are known to serve Halal food. There are also mosques in Hamilton, as well prayer facilities at the University of Waikato. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Hamilton . Halal Food in Christchurch Christchurch is another of New Zealand’s most Muslim-friendly cities.  Some of the best Halal restaurants in Christchurch include Arjee Bhajee, Bombay Butler, and Mosaic by Simo. Muslim tourists will also be able to find some mosques in Christchurch. Click here for a Muslim-friendly city guide to Christchurch . The university city of Dunedin is also home to Muslims, which means Muslim visitors are sure to find Muslim-friendly facilities in the city. Halal Food in other cities Halal restaurants in New Zealand can also be found in places like Rotorua, Taupo, Nelson and Napier. Muslim tourists must however be aware that a number of restaurants in New Zealand that serve Halal food also do serve alcohol, in order to cater to the needs of the rest of the country’s population. . Who certifies Halal Food in New Zealand? The New Zealand Islamic Development Trust or NZIDT and the Federation of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand are the bodies in New Zealand that provide Halal certifications and Halal assurance. If unsure of any of the above mentioned facilities, Muslim tourists could contact theses organizations for more information. Contact information for New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT) have been listed below for further queries regarding Halal assurance in New Zealand: Address: New Zealand Islamic Development Trust (NZIDT), Level 4, 369, Queen Street P O Box: 5636 Auckland 1010, Auckland, New Zealand. Telephone: 09 306 8934/09 306 8935 More information regarding Halal food in New Zealand, as well as prayer facilities in the country can be found on the HalalTrip app. Click here for more Muslim-friendly guides about New Zealand!. ...

  • What New Zealand Can Offer Muslim Travellers

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