Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand, and is situated on the East Coast of the North Island. Prior to the 2010 earthquake in Christchurch, Napier had the most dramatic earthquake in New Zealand, in 1931, with a tsunami that destroyed the town. For a history of this time visit MTG HawkesBay.
The Art Deco buildings that date from the 1930 post-earthquake rebuild are Napier’s best feature and top attraction. Many buildings have a distinct New Zealand theme due to the Maori motifs used in their facades. The Art Deco Trust runs walking tours to visit the pick of this architecture, with buildings like the Masonic lodge and the Criterion Hotel being prime examples. The waterfront, Marine Parade is also a highlight of the town, with Pania of the Reef gracing the shore.
Kids & Family
Take the kids out to Cape Kidnappers to see the world’s largest Gannet colony. There are also dramatic cliff views. Or go to the National Aquarium, also on Marine Parade. Go for a close encounter and meet New Zealand’s very special prehistoric Tuatara or the national icon, the Kiwi.
A wine tour in the Hawkes Bay will delight your palate as there are so many great wines available in this lovely area. It is an easy drive to Taupo for the day or follow the cap up to Gisborne.