"Art Deco capital of New Zealand" Top 5 Page for this destination Napier by worldkiwi
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Napier is a small city on the east coast of New Zealand. It is the main centre for the Hawkes Bay Region. The city is famous for its Art Deco architecture, which is a result of a rather tragic event. In February 1931, a massive earthquake hit the Hawkes Bay and destroyed Napier's city centre and the lives of over 200 people. Following the earthquake, the city centre was reconstructed in the fashion of the times and thankfully today the architectural heritage of that time has been preserved, even if it isn't at street level in the main shopping area. Just look up and you will see what Napier has become famous for.
Napier and the wider Hawkes Bay Region has a sunny and dry climate and is a reknown wine growing area. Napier has a number of interesting sights and a relaxed urban feel, that make it well worth a few days on any itinerary.
Make sure you do/see the following while in Napier.
1. Stroll along Marine Parade (the picture-perfect seafront avenue in the city).
2. Explore the city centre's art deco streets.
3. Visit the National Aquarium and be enchanted by the sea-turtles.
4. Visit the Napier Museum on Marine Parade.
5. Sit in a street front cafe and sip coffee.
- Pros:A laid back city and good base for exploring the region.
- Cons:The main beach is too dangerous to swim at (currents and sharp incline)
- In a nutshell:A city I would love to spend more time in!
I stayed here with three friends during a long weekend get-away to Napier and the Hawkes Bay region in April 2006. The... more travel advice
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