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Napier is a great place to study for anyone who enjoys warm weather, appreciates Art Deco architecture, and wants to be away from the hustle and bustle of a big city.

Home to New Horizon College of English, this small city of 60,000 offers something for everyone. You also have options for further study at high school or at diploma or degree level at the local Institute of Technology.

This popular city attracts students from all over the world so you’ll make lots of friends and have opportunities to practise your English outside of the classroom. At lunchtime or after school, meet with friends at a café or take a walk along Marine Parade.  At the weekends, this water-lover’s haven is a place to try water sports and leisure activities on the beach and in the ocean. 

Have a go at surfing, kayaking or windsurfing, or just take a walk and enjoy the fresh air.  If you’re really brave, go swimming with the sharks at the National Aquarium of New Zealand.  If you’re not ready to go face to face with sharks, you could relax in the heated pools at Ocean Spa and enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean.

You could also take a trip out to Cape Kidnappers and experience something very special. It’s the home to the largest gannet colony in the world and is one of only three in the world accessible to people.

Napier is also a place of history and culture, good food and wine. Its Art Deco architecture is celebrated over Art Deco Weekend in mid-February. This event draws people and vintage cars from around the globe, with thousands turning out in gorgeous costumes to enjoy a range of social activities, music and dance.

Within easy reach of Napier, there are many opportunities to take walks through native bush, visit beautiful waterfalls, go horse-trekking and fishing. There’s also a network of newly-created cycling tracks that make it easy to tour the area on wheels.

The region is known as the ‘fruit bowl of New Zealand’. The farmers’ markets are a great way to spend time with friends at the weekend and experience the bounty of the region. You can sample and buy local foods such as cheeses, bread and baked goods, and organic fruit and vegetables.  There are also many well-known vineyards and award winning wineries in the area.

If you’re looking for an excellent climate, friendly people and lots of study and activities options, Napier could be the perfect place for you.

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