Port of Napier

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Napier Port at night
Hapag-Lloyd cargo ship MV Badenstein in Napier Port in 1974

Napier Port is in Napier, New Zealand, on Hawke Bay. It is the North Island's second largest export port by tonnage,[1] and is owned by the Port of Napier Ltd.

The port is connected to the rail network via the Napier Port Branch (Ahuriri Branch).

It hosts dozens of cruise ship visits each year.[1] On 16 February 2008 it was visited by the longest vessel it has ever received, the MS Queen Victoria cruise ship belonging to Cunard.[2]

Hastings District, as one of the largest apple, pear and stone fruit producing areas in New Zealand has an important relationship with the Napier Port. It has also become an important grape growing and wine production area with the fruit passing from the growers around Metropolitan Hastings and then to Napier for exporting. Napier is an important service centre for the agriculture and pastoral output of the predominantly rural Hastings District.


  1. ^ a b Taylor, Colin (18 October 2014). "Port a place to harbour dreams". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sea giant starts voyage to Napier" Hawke's Bay Today. 1 February 2008.

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Coordinates: 39°28′29″S 176°55′09″E / 39.4748°S 176.9191°E / -39.4748; 176.9191