In 1931 a massive earthquake measuring a staggering 7.8 on theRichter scale nearly obliterated the city of Napier. As a result, manybuildings were demolished and rebuilt in the architectural style of the times –Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical.
TodayNapier has one of the most outstanding collections of 1930s architecture in theworld – influenced heavily by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago School.
TheHawke’s Bay region enjoys an alluring Mediterranean climate and is home to manyworld class vineyards, orchards, heritage trails, and one of the world’slargest Gannet colonies at nearby Cape Kidnappers.
Napieris the second largest Art Deco City in the World! The Art Deco Walk is apermanent attraction, and each February Napier hosts an Art Deco Weekend – a colourfulcelebration of
the 1930s bygone era.
Napier’sfamous Art Deco weekend is internationally acclaimed along with other1930s-inspired events throughout the year and has a thriving racing traditionalso playing host to New Zealand’s Horse of the Year event.
Food andwine are the hallmark of the Hawke’s Bay region. The Nautilus on siterestaurant uses local produce and wine to deliver exciting and memorable dishesfor our guests.
Napier has a busy port and large amounts of frozen meat, wool, pulp and timberare shipped from here. There are many cafes within walking distance of Napier’scentral city area and a walk along Marine Parade where you can find manyamusements including a marine park, mini-golf, swimming pools and touristinformation centre. Napier’s iconic statue ‘Pania of the Reef’ is sometimescompared to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid.
Sophisticatedand stylish or simply just enjoying the sunshine - there is always somethinghappening somewhere in this vibrant part of New Zealand.