Napier Port is Central New Zealand’s gateway to world markets. With over 27,000 jobs and 51% of Hawke’s Bay’s Gross Regional Product (GRP) related directly or indirectly to Napier Port, we play a vital role in the regional economy.


We’re right behind the Great Things Grow Here campaign and are proud members of the Great Things Grow Here Brand Champions Club. Together with representatives from local government and key infrastructure providers, we’ve gone to Auckland and Wellington to promote the benefits of doing business in Hawke’s Bay.


We’re passionate supporters of Hawke’s Bay business, and a proud partner of the Hawke’s Bay Business Hub. The first of its kind in New Zealand, the Business Hub is a collaboration of business support services aimed at unleashing the potential of businesses in our region. It marked its first year of operation in June and over that time, has invested in linking local firms through networking and workshop events, improving business outcomes through mentoring, training and leadership development.

The Business Hub is also driving business opportunities through its China Market Development programme and partnerships with local government, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the NZ Food Innovation Network.


Improving transport links to the port has been identified by the Government as a key contributor to Hawke’s Bay’s economic growth and, as part of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Economic Development Strategy, it announced a $25 million package to improve roading links to Napier Port.

These include upgrades to the Watchman Road and Hyderabad Road/Prebensen Drive intersections, as well as the Hawke’s Bay Expressway.


With a significant harvest already underway, it is vital that the right transport links are in place to move log exports to market. We’ve introduced a rail service for log exporters from the Whanganui, Palmerston North and Woodville areas, with trains now running every weekday. An agreement with KiwiRail is set to bring the Napier-Wairoa rail line back into operation late next year. Following upgrades to the track, Napier Port will introduce a dedicated weekend log service from Wairoa. We have added a third rail line to our dedicated rail interchange area on port, along with the additional length derived from the demolition of our old administration building, expanding capacity from 12 log wagons to 24 overall per shunt.

“We are delighted at the news this is now to become a reality. With significant harvest volumes coming on stream, the rail link will provide both FMNZ as managers and the forest owners with greater options while strengthening links direct to the port.”

Steve Bell, Joint CEO,
Forest Management NZ Ltd


Hawke’s Bay’s reputation as a tourist destination is growing steadily and Napier Port is a vital gateway. The 2015-2016 season saw 45 cruise ships call at Napier, bringing more than 100,000 passengers and crew into Hawke’s Bay and injecting around $20 million into the local economy. On average, every cruise ship brings an extra 2,000 people into the region, representing a significant boost for local business.

Napier is regularly voted one of the best port experiences in New Zealand by cruise passengers, with Napier Port providing a vintage car display on the wharf, live music from the Twin City Stompers, and free buses to the city centre. With 55 cruise ships scheduled to call over the 2016-2017 season, and larger vessels expected in coming seasons, Napier Port has invested in upgrading and strengthening its primary cruise berth, 2 Wharf North. This programme of investment has seen the purchase of new bollards of 95 tonne capacity, the installation of navigational lead lighting to ensure safe entry into port, and the commissioning of an additional gangway suitable for Ovation class cruise vessels.


Hawke’s Bay is built on the strength of the primary sector, and Napier Port is a critical link between our local producers and world markets. The Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards are a chance to celebrate excellence in our primary industries, and to appreciate the integral role the sector plays in Hawke’s Bay’s economic growth and success. We were proud to support the Awards for a second year, and congratulate the winners, the finalists, and those who took the courageous step of entering the awards.


Hawke’s Bay is home to a diverse range of businesses, partnerships and collaborations. The Hawke’s Bay Export Awards showcase the inventive spirit of our region and celebrate the very best in local innovation. Napier Port was proud to sponsor the Most Sustainable in Export Award this year, which was taken home by internationally-renowned lighting designer David Trubridge.

With a sustainable philosophy at the heart of his business, David and his team export his distinctive designs across the world while treading lightly on the environment.