In 1931 a massive earthquake measuring a staggering 7.8 on the Richter scale nearly obliterated the city of Napier. As a result, many buildings were demolished and rebuilt in the architectural style of the times – Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical.
Today Napier has one of the most outstanding collections of 1930s architecture in the world – influenced heavily by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago School.
The Hawke’s Bay region enjoys an alluring Mediterranean climate and is home to many world class vineyards, orchards, heritage trails, and one of the world’s largest Gannet colonies at nearby Cape Kidnappers.
Napier is the second largest Art Deco City in the World! The Art Deco Walk is a permanent attraction, and each February Napier hosts an Art Deco Weekend – a colourful celebration of the 1930s bygone era.
Napier’s famous Art Deco weekend is internationally acclaimed along with other 1930s-inspired events throughout the year and has a thriving racing tradition also playing host to New Zealand’s Horse of the Year event.
Food and wine are the hallmark of the Hawke’s Bay region. The Nautilus on site restaurant uses local produce and wine to deliver exciting and memorable dishes for our guests.Napier has a busy port and large amounts of frozen meat, wool, pulp and timber are shipped from here. There are many cafes within walking distance of Napier’s central city area and a walk along Marine Parade where you can find many amusements including a marine park, mini-golf, swimming pools and tourist information centre. Napier’s iconic statue ‘Pania of the Reef’ is sometimes compared to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid.
Sophisticated and stylish or simply just enjoying the sunshine - there is always something happening somewhere in this vibrant part of New Zealand.