Napier is now a popular spot for holiday makers and enjoys many visits from cruise ships over the summer months. It is word famous for its art deco architecture. I think the council, or whomever looks after such things, has done a lot of work over the last 5 - 10 years to get people onto the 'parade' with Ocean Spa, the national aquarium, the MTG, the pier that's not a pier and a very new playground.
The day I visited to take photos, it was a very sunny 20 degrees in early October. Typical Hawke's Bay weather!