Napier The Art Deco City

Napier The Art Deco City

There are a myriad of colourful events, festivals and celebrationsthroughout the Hawke’s Bay region held throughout the year.

Make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to have a wine among the vines inthe Black Barn Vineyards with family and friends while watchingyour favorite musical acts play live in custom-builtnatural amphitheater and outdoor stage.

Art Deco Weekend

On the third weekend of February, the Art Deco Trust stages its annual BrebnerPrint Art Deco Weekend, a colourful and fun celebration of the Art Deco style.The city gleams with classic cars and aircraft of the Deco era and peopledressed in Deco style bring glamour and elegance to this unique festival which attracts people from many overseas countries. For a closer look at thisexciting event visit or see the fantasticphotos from previous Art Deco Weekends.

Bluewater Hotel Deco Decanted and JazzFestival

A cooler mid-winter celebration is the Bluewater HotelDeco Decanted and Jazz Festival. This is held each year in late July, providinganother opportunity to live the classic lifestyle of the Art Deco era whilstenjoying quality jazz from some of New Zealand's best performers. Forinformation on either of these two events you can email

New Zealand Horse of the Year Show

In March. The New Zealand Horse of the Year Show hasgrown to become one of the largest and most prestigious annual EquestrianEvents in the Southern Hemisphere. Attracting over 1800 competitors and 2300horses to sunny Hawke's Bay, the Hawke's Bay Show grounds becomes New Zealand's'Equestrian City' with the buzz of competition by daytime and entertainment bynight. Website:  

Matariki Festival

Maori New Year Celebration of New Zealand June - July 2008. Matariki is NewZealand’s unique Maori New Year. It's a seasonal occasion to mark theend of harvest, a time to celebrate throughout June and into July. It'sabout the 'new year' planting season, new beginnings when we canreinvent and rejuvenate ourselves. Matariki is a time for reflection,remembrance as well as joy. Website:  

Black Barn Vineyards

Amphitheatre and Outdoor Venue - The reputation of the Black Barn Amphitheatreas one of New Zealand’s finest outdoor venues spread to some of the top namesin the New Zealand music industry last summer.
The Amphitheatre has been described by internationally recognised singers andmusicians as probably the best outdoor venue in the country. Renowned for itsacoustics and atmosphere it is a truly memorable location. 
Large flat grassed terraces mean concert-goers sit in comfort with closeuninterrupted views of the stage and the whole of Hawke’s Bay as theirbackdrop. Every terrace is fairy lit for concerts and the entire amphitheatreis surrounded by a circle of 50-year-old muscatel grapes. The Black BarnConcert season is restricted to a very limited number of events over Summer andbookings can be made via the winery.

Triple Peaks Challenge

Bike - Run - Walk - Teams - Individual - 8th March 2008.The Triple Peaks Challenge can truly be called an iconic event. Much of thepicturesque course is on private land and can only be accessed on this onespecial day. The course provides a day of adventure like no other andencompasses three of Hawke’s Bay's most prominent peaks, Mt Erin, Mt Kahuranakiand Te Mata Peak. The 47km course provides a unique Hawke's Bay experience,meeting the needs of all cross-country runners, walkers and mountain bikers.The event is open to individuals and teams of 3 or 6 and attracts everyone fromcomplete novices taking part in the Workfit Challenge through to some of NewZealand’s most experienced athletes vying for the podium finish and a share ofalmost $5000 in cash prizes. The Triple Peaks Challenge is an authenticadventure in the heart of Hawke’s Bay Wine Country. Website: 

Creative Napier Winter Solstice FireFest

Mid-winter celebration - The combination of fire, excitementand tradition continues to inspire the supporters and organisers of CreativeNapier’s Solstice Fire Festival. This midwinter celebration is a free, funevent for the whole community with a multicultural programme featuring fireartists, musicians, dancers, beach fire sculpture and spectacular fireworksdisplay. The fundamental human need for and love of warmth, fire and the sun arethe foundation of the festival. It is an annual reminder of how diversityenriches the community and what we all share. Historically, Solstice celebratesthe day the winter days stop getting shorter and begin getting longer as thesun returns to our hemisphere.  Celebrating this day is an ancient traditionall over the planet. Our Solstice also celebrates the warmth of Napier a townwhere you can stage a beachfront festival in midwinter and get away withit.