Out and About on Marine Parade

What historic events shaped the Marine Parade we know today? Explore and discover stories of Napier's past in a free self-guided walk with a set of historic photos from MTG's archives.

Date Ongoing
Duration Approximately 2 hours, but your timing.
Years Year 3 - 8
Cost FREE
Venue Start at MTG where you can pick up your high-vis vests, maps and activity booklets
Learning Areas Social Sciences
Band Rotunda, Armistice Day 1919 - 5156

Armistice Day 1919 - On the first anniversary of the end of the First World War, Napier people gathered at the Band Rotunda on the corner of Marine Parade and Tennyson Street. At 11.00 a.m., trains, buses and people throughout New Zealand stopped and stood silent for two minutes, remembering the dead and giving thanks that peace had come at last. Collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, 5156

Marine Parade was once bare shingle. How did it get to be the way it is today? The transformation of Marine Parade since the 1860s reflects the colourful history of Napier. 

Explore some of the extraordinary changes to Marine Parade over 150 years. Collect a class set of maps, hi-vis vests and activity booklets containing historic images from MTG's archives. Set out in groups to discover some intriguing details of Napier's past, such as:

  • The 200-year-old cannon and its connection to the 'Russian scare' of the 1880s
  • The seawall that stopped high seas crashing all the way onto Hastings Street
  • The coastline known as Te Matau-a-Maui, the hook of Maui
  • The 10 heroes who set out to rescue flood victims but were swept out to sea and drowned
  • The South African war memorial statue that lost its head
  • The ship's anchor that bore witness to nuclear testing at Mururoa Atoll
  • The location of Hukurere Pa and why it had a name meaning 'snow'

For more information phone Gaynor on (06) 833 9788, or book now

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