The Art Deco Capital
Located on the east coast of the North Island, Napier is a popular tourist town, and together with inland Hastings, are known as “the Bay Cities of New Zealand”. After Napier was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1931, the city rebuilt in spectacular Art Deco style that Mr. Gatsby himself would approve of. Take a stroll through the streets and you’d swear you can hear the clink of glasses and the faint notes of jazz music in the air.
But even though the past is still very much present in Napier, there are plenty of contemporary delights, too. Make a pilgrimage to Pania of the Reef, a statue of a figure of Māori mythology, and one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country. Take a guided walk around the city, or visit the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Spend a day testing out the local vineyards, or stop by the Napier farmers’ market for fresh artisan products.
After a devastating earthquake destroyed much of the city in 1931, Napier was rapidly rebuilt in a distinct art deco style. Step back in time and take a guided tour through the charming city streets and marvel at one of the purest art deco cities in the entire world.
Dig into a captivating tale of love and loss from Māori mythology by making a pilgrimage to visit the statue of Pania. Situated in Napier’s Marine Parade Gardens, the bronze statue depicting the beautiful Māori woman is one of the most photographed attractions in the city.
A visit to New Zealand’s oldest prison just might result in an unexpected experience or two. There have been numerous reports of unexplained footsteps, disembodied faces, doors opening and closing on their own, and ghostly apparitions at this hilltop site.
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