A port city with a great climate – plus a diverse population both permanent and transient – Napier has nurtured many well-known New Zealand musicians, and attracted touring acts to its venues. Several of these venues have been famous nationwide – especially the Top Hat, the Cabana, and the Napier Soundshell – and institutions such as St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College have shown the long term benefits of emphasising music. This map shows some of the locations that are important for music history in the city.
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