Things to do in Napier: New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital

New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital, Napier, is a premier location to experience beautifully-preserved 1930s architecture, and to enjoy historical tours, shopping and events on a world-class scale.

Located in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island, and an easy one-hour flight from Auckland or Wellington, Napier is a popular holiday destination.

In 1931 the Hawke’s Bay earthquake levelled much of Napier. Many of its buildings were replaced throughout the 1930s and it is often said that the city was ‘rebirthed’ in the vibrant Art Deco style of that period.

 

Napier City Tours

Explore the city’s highlights on a walking tour, bus tour or in a luxury vintage car, including a driver complete with period costume! Self-guided walks are a popular choice for those who wish to explore this magical city at their own pace.

 

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Shopping in Napier

Stop in at the Art Deco Centre for some great shopping right in the heart of the city. From period hats to Art Deco crockery the tourist centre has souvenirs and keepsakes for everybody. The Napier inner city is well known as the premier shopping district in the Hawke’s Bay region. Take an easy stroll around the compact inner city precinct, and explore laneways and boulevards to discover quality boutiques and department stores.

 

Festivals and Events

The Tremains Art Deco Festival held in February each year attracts visitors from around the world. Experience the style and glamour of the 1930s at the annual Tremains Art Deco Festival. With its vintage cars, ‘Gatsby’ style picnics and outdoor concerts, the festival is sure to sweep you away. Or make your way to Napier for the annual Winter Deco Weekend held each July.

Snuggle up for high teas, hot toddies, winter hats and fur wraps as Napier embraces its rich Art Deco heritage with a series of period events that will carry you away to a bygone era.

 

 

Napier Accommodation

Take a step back to yesteryear in New Zealand’s world-class Art Deco City of Napier. For those looking for good quality, comfortable accommodation at an affordable price the Quality Inn Napier is a great option. This centrally located hotel has all the creature comforts and mod cons at a price that leaves you plenty to spare for your tourist activities. Each room is fully equipped with kitchenette, Sky TV and free internet. The customer service is great and there is a range of amenities on offer including free outdoor parking, a heated pool and fitness centre.

 

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