I’m really excited to interview Paul Ryken and Sandra Rosenau of Minimalist Journeys about Napier, New Zealand. Paul’s tips for the best things to do in Napier are awesome because they recently purchased a two-acre property in Napier and are building a tiny home on their land. They’re lifestyle and travel bloggers who write about sustainable travel.

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Overlooking the port from Bluff Hill.

Napier, New Zealand

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out 100% Pure New Zealand, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Getting around Napier

The local airport is Hawke’s Bay Airport (NPE), which is about a ten-minute drive to downtown.

Paul and Sandra say that is a good idea to rent a car to be able to travel to places outside of the city. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz. But, if you’re staying in the central part of town, you don’t need a car. Uber and Ola are excellent ways to get around.

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Hastings Hawkes Bay Farmers Market

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Paul Ryken and Sandra Rosenau about Napier, New Zealand. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Napier, New Zealand
  • Green dots = best things to do in Napier, New Zealand
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Napier, New Zealand

Who are Paul Ryken and Sandra Rosenau?

Paul and Sandra are lifestyle and travel bloggers who are passionate about values-based living and sustainable travel.

Their audience tends to be more mature: people who are more attuned to their values and strive to live by them. They may be at turning points in their lives, wondering what’s next. We help them find new inspiration and direction to create the life they love – by sharing our and other people’s journeys on our website and more recently through our online courses and by speaking at events.

Paul and Sandra’s travel audience is looking for affordable travel experiences that are gentle on our planet and contribute to the communities they visit. They help them truly experience a destination through well-researched travel guides, and tried and tested itineraries – all easily accessible on their website, Minimalist Journeys.

Best things to do in Napier New Zealand - Paul and Sandra from Minimalist Journeys

Here are a few articles that they have written:

You can connect with Paul and Sandra on their website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Pacific Ocean sunrise and Whalebone Sculpture

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Stop by the Rogue Hop Speakeasy to grab a drink.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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