"Life on a gravel bed" Napier by iandsmith

Napier Travel Guide: 187 reviews and 484 photos

All shook up

When a massive earthquake levelled the New Zealand coastal city of Napier in 1931, it killed 162 people and caused major devastation.
What options did the citizens have? Apart from quitting, the only choice was to rebuild.
That essential task, completed over the following two years, inadvertently gave New Zealand one of the world's best collections of art deco architecture — and the city's visitors are still enthralled.

  • Last visit to Napier: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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