In addition to the walk along the beach, make sure you also take in the sights on the parallel Marine Parade. If not, you’ll be missing some pretty interesting sights. One of those sights is an impressive group of Victorian-style homes called the Six Sisters:
These houses were built in 1891 by architect Robert Lamb for his six daughters. Today these beauties are occupied by businesses rather than home owners:
But even so, they do retain their charm:
These Victorians are actually a bit of an oddity in comparison with Napier architecture, which appeared to me to run more toward Art Deco.
Continuing north along Marine Parade you eventually wind up reaching Emerson Street, which appears to be the main shopping and entertainment area for Napier. You’ll know you’ve reached Emerson when you see the green dome of a rather large Art Deco building housing several businesses, including a bed-and-breakfast and a bar:
Hang a left and you’re on Emerson. Along the way you’ll see such nifty little gems as these: