The parade stretches away from the city, being one of the main roads. The area near the city has quite a few nice restaurants. As you head away from the town there is are gardens, a skate park, playgrounds, aquarium, and then biking areas. It goes from around the Memorial center to the Pump track. There are footpaths but there is also a walking area on the beach side which is nicer to walk on. It is a nice place to walk or bike around. Great place to just relax and take a few pics or wake around and explore.
There are quite a few grassy areas with seating and BBQ close to the beach. The beach itself is also quite interesting being a pebble beach. This area is probably one of the few places you would want to visit in Napier.