If you'd like guaranteed great weather on your Summer holiday this year with a little bit of culture thrown in for good measure, get ready to organise a few days in Napier as soon as you can.
The thriving seaside town has a population of just under 60,000 inhabitants, but each year more than 20,000 people opt to take a guided walk through its streets exploring the city’s internationally renowned Art Deco architecture.
Napier was rebuilt in the early 1930s following an earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The new buildings that were constructed reflected the styles of the times - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco - as well as incorporating some unique Maori motifs that make it a hot spot for lovers of architecture everywhere. Tours are conducted rain or shine every day (except Christmas Day) and no bookings are necessary.
The Art Deco aficionados amongst you can also opt to visit in February during the annual festival weekend, or in July for the Deco Decanted weekend celebration. Marine Parade is one of Napier's most picturesque highlights, with attractions like the National Aquarium of New Zealand, Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Ocean Spa Complex, Par 2 Mini Golf, The Napier Sound Shell, Pania of the Reef statue, Tom Parker fountain and the Millennium Arch, to name a few.
There is also a vibrant café and dining culture and more than a few high street and boutique stores to browse in, as well as antique shops, art galleries, and studios of potters, wood turners and craftsmen.
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Editorial by Helene Ravlich