Napier is home to beautifully preserved 1930s architecture
Napier
1930s architecture, Hawke's Bay

By Chris McLennan

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Gardens, Hawke's Bay

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Napier is famous for its retro style.
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Retro style, Hawke's Bay

By JeanM1

Napier

Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier's special point of difference.

A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd 1931 a massive earthquake - 7. 9 on the Richter scale - rocked Hawke's Bay for more than three minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or the fires that followed.

Rebuilding began almost immediately, and much of it was completed in two years. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the times - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. Local architect Louis Hay, an admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his chance to shine. Maori motifs were employed to give the city a unique New Zealand character - for example, the ASB bank on the corner of Hastings and Emerson Streets features Maori koru and zigzags.

Napier’s other special attractions include the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers and the many vineyards that make good use of the region’s alluvial soils. Pinot Gris and Syrah are the region's signature drops. On Saturday mornings, the Napier farmers’ market is a chance to shop for artisan foods and fresh produce.

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339 On Church - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
10.00 1 Reviews
Greenmeadows, Napier
068450377
We are ideally situated 4 mins from Taradale and 10 mins from Napier City. Located in one of Napier's highly desirable areas, we are only a stroll to either the highly regarded Mission Estate Winery or Church Road Winery. With views directly across to The Mission, vineyards and Sugar Loaf,... (more)
5 on Bay View - Tui & Fantail Apartments. - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.80 12 Reviews
Bluff Hill, Napier
5 on Bay View offers to you Private, Self contained accomodation with sea views out to Whirinaki and over the Bay.Situated on the Northern side of Napier Hill on the bottom story of an 1880's villa. AWARDED TRAVELBUG BEST GUEST REVIEWS 2011. We offer you: TUI Apartment - fully sel... (more)
Ace High Motor Inn - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.10 28 Reviews
Napier
0800270361
Featuring an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a barbecue area, Ace High Motor Inn is just 5 minutes’ drive from Napier Aquatic Centre. Free Wi-Fi and a kitchenette or kitchen are standard in all rooms.Ace High Motor Inn Napier is 8 minutes’ drive from Napier Train Station and the beautiful Hawk... (more)
Affordable Westshore Holiday Park Napier - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.00 71 Reviews
Westshore, Napier
0800937874
Affordable Westshore Holiday Park is a Qualmark 4-star Holiday Park in Napier. It is a family accommodation in a sheltered location of 1.3ha of well-maintained park-like grounds. Napier is one of the biggest cities in Hawke's Bay. The National Aquarium of New Zealand is located in the c... (more)
Albatross Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.30 531 Reviews
Westshore, Napier
0800252287
Albatross Motel scored 9.5/10 on Target TV and guarantees friendly service. Overlooking the Ahuriri Estuary and close to the beach and cycle/walkways. Clean, comfortable, Qualmark 4-star rated, offering Free Wi-Fi, SKY Guest Select 50+ channels and Flybuys points. It has 35 well equippe... (more)
Anchorage Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
7.90 260 Reviews
Ahuriri, Napier
0800422266
Anchorage Motor Lodge is a luxury motel located on the Ahuriri waterfront in Napier. It oversees the inner harbour and sailing club marina with stunning sights out to the sea and the mountains. It has 44 spacious well-appointed studio, one and two bedroom suites. Complimentary wireless ... (more)
Apartment Pipstay - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier South, Napier
068355201
Fully self-contained/self-occupancy with sea views, comfort, style and luxury, Apartment Pipstay is in a class of its own. It features 2 bedrooms, a beautiful tiled bathroom upstairs and a modern kitchen and lounge with 46" flat screen TV with full Sky TV downstairs. Lounge and main bedroo... (more)
Art Deco Masonic Hotel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.70 670 Reviews
Napier South, Napier
068358689
Located on the waterfront with panoramic Pacific Ocean views, the Masonic Hotel Napier features free WiFi and historic Art Deco architecture. Guests enjoy 2 bars and 2 restaurants. Art Deco Masonic Hotel is located in the centre of Napier, just 10 minutes’ drive from Hawke's Bay Airport... (more)
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.00 168 Reviews
Taradale, Napier
0800684477
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel Napier is ideally located in park-like grounds just 10 minutes to Napier centre or 15 minutes to Hastings centre. It is an easy walk to local cafes, shops and wineries. All units fully self contained with contemporary kitchens and Bathrooms and 32" LCD TV's.*All ... (more)
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Taradale, Napier
0800684477
Colonial Lodge Motel is located in the Napier suburb of Taradale. It offers rooms with fully equipped kitchens and satellite TV. Free private parking is available. All rooms feature air-conditioning, heating, DVD-players and Sky TV. The kitchens include convection microwaves and stoves.... (more)
At The Rocks Motorlodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.70 242 Reviews
Westshore, Napier
08008359626
At The Rocks Motorlodge is located by the waterfront, just 5 minutes’ drive from Napier city centre. It offers free Wi-Fi, free car parking and a fitness centre. All rooms feature basic cooking facilities, LCD TV with DVD player and a work desk. Some have a hot tub or claw-foot bathtub.... (more)
Ballina Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.20 148 Reviews
Taradale, Napier
0508225542
Stylish and comfortable - Luxury to the discerning. The Ballina Motel is one of Napier's newest motels ideally positioned for the discerning tourist or business traveller midway between Napier (8kms or 10mins) and Hastings (14kms or 15mins) city centres, and 10 mins from Hawke's Bay Air... (more)
Bamboo Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
6.50 28 Reviews
Westshore, Napier
068357566
Just 200 metres from a safe swimming beach, Bamboo Lodge offers self-contained accommodation with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen satellite TV and a DVD player. It features a hot tub and barbecue facilities. All units include a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. Each unit... (more)
Bay Beauty Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
7.40 226 Reviews
Marewa, Napier
0800232222
Located in the quiet suburb of Marewa, the Bay Beauty Motel features a communal barbecue area and free parking on site. Just 1 km from Napier’s city centre, it offers spacious rooms with a full kitchen.Featuring a private courtyard, heated rooms come with ironing equipment, a DVD player an... (more)
Bay View Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.70 4 Reviews
Bay View, Napier
0800836600
Opened 2008 this complex is set in beautiful, peaceful, park-like grounds surrounded by rural New Zealand. Just 8 kms from Napier CBD, our Holiday Park is handy to Hawkes Bay wineries, concert venues and situated only 700 metres from the beach. Brand new kitchen and showers plus a bar... (more)
Beach Front Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.10 718 Reviews
Napier South, Napier
0800778888
Beach Front Motel offers quality motel accommodation in Napier. It is a beachfront complex, central to CBD. It has 46 architecturally designed suites consisting of 36 suites sleeps 2, 4x1brm suites sleeps 4 and 6x2brm suites sleeps 5. All are self-contained with fully equipped kitchen, ... (more)
Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.10 172 Reviews
Pirimai, Napier
0800365754
Just a 5-minute drive from the heart of Napier, Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge offers free Wi-Fi. All air-conditioned guest rooms feature a TV, microwave, fridge and toaster. Bella Tuscany Motel is a 7-minute drive from Mission Estate Winery. Both Napier Beach and Hawke’s Bay Airport are wit... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Napier - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.60 231 Reviews
Napier South, Napier
0800835959
Bella Vista Motel is just a 3 minute walk from central Napier and Marine Parade. Rooms enjoy modern furnishings and feature satellite TV. Free on site parking is offered. Rooms at Motel Bella Vista include electric blankets and toasters. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided. Ma... (more)
BK's Fountain Court Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.50 302 Reviews
Napier
0508411000
Featuring an outdoor swimming pool, BK's Fountain Court Motel offers self-catering accommodation with satellite TV and private laundry facilities. Guests enjoy 200MB of free Wi-Fi per day.The restaurants and cafes of Napier city centre are just 7 minutes’ walk from Fountain Court Motor Inn... (more)
Bluewater Hotel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.40 355 Reviews
Ahuriri, Napier
0508627437
Located in Napier’s vibrant inner harbour area with views over the marina, Bluewater Hotel features a restaurant, a bar and a mini golf course. All accommodation includes a 2-person spa bath and 100MB of free Wi-Fi per day. The Bluewater Hotel Hawke’s Bay is only a 5-minute drive from b... (more)
Breakwater Apartments - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.50 59 Reviews
Napier
0800272763
Breakwater Apartments feature spacious and luxurious units with splendid sea views. A 3-minute drive from central Napier, this property offers free parking on site.All apartments boast a full kitchen with an oven, a fridge, a microwave and a dishwasher. Each comes with laundry facilities a... (more)
Cedar Court Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.20 132 Reviews
Westshore, Napier
0508233272
Cedar Court Motel is located on Napier's Westshore, just 7 minutes' drive from the city centre. All accommodation features free unlimited Wi-Fi and a TV with over 50 satellite channels. Overlooking the Ahuriri Estuary, Motel Cedar Court is a 5-minute drive from Hawkes’s Bay Airport. The... (more)
Chic Collection Apartments - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.80 9 Reviews
Ahuriri, Napier
0508843276
Guests will revel in the magnificently appointed and spacious 3 architecturally designed apartments ranging from either two or three bedrooms. The interiors have been decorated to the highest standard with stunning designer wallpapers, beautiful pieces of furniture and luxurious fabrics.Ea... (more)
City Close Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
7.50 91 Reviews
Napier South, Napier
068353568
City Close Motel offers affordable motel accommodation in the heart of Napier. Accommodation consists of quiet, self-contained spacious rooms with fully equipped kitchens, microwave, fridge and Sky TV. Other facilities include guest laundry, barbecue and outdoor lounge area, off-street par... (more)
Deco City Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
8.40 351 Reviews
Napier
08005366339
Featuring a swimming pool and children’s playground, Deco City Motor Lodge is 5 minutes’ drive from Napier. It offers Art Deco accommodation with satellite TV and a spa bath. Guests enjoy 500MB of free Wi-Fi per day.All accommodation at Napier Deco City Motor Lodge includes a microwave, mi... (more)
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  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 24 Oct 2018 8:00PM / Funk
    At long last, Sex on Toast unveil their latest EP… Rough. The record signals the completion of the double EP project Rough and Ready. 2016’s Ready was a light and joyous affair, with horn arrangements, pianos, ... more
  • BDO , Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 18 Apr 2018 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    Is Xero giving you a headache? Do you need some guidance getting the most out of your Xero account? Pop in and enjoy a coffee with us between 9 am - 11 am on Wednesdays and receive FREE Xero assistance. One of our ... more
  • Hawkes Bay Latin Dance Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 6:00PM / Jazz
    Milonga (tango blues) come join us for a celebration of Argentine Tango from 6pm-9pm followed by a fusion of Blues and Jazz with Crissy and Dave Boston, live music, cash bar on the night and dancing all night. $10 ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 28 Oct 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    The final dinner in this year's Winemaker Dinner Series, Enjoy a five course Vegan Dinner with Vegan Wines from Moana Park. Join winemaker Dan Barker as he explains his personal philosophy around winemaking and why he ... more
  • Emporium Eatery & Bar, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 3 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Do you love Taco’s? How about tequila? If that’s a resounding yes to both questions, then here’s your opportunity to transport yourself to Mexico without the long-haul flight. Brilliant Executive chef Damon ... more
  • Art Deco Masonic Hotel, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 5:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    This “not to be missed” post Hawke's Bay Wine Auction event takes place in the stylish Gatsby Rooms in the iconic Art Deco Masonic Hotel. Damon McGinniss, Executive Chef of the hotel's Emporium Eatery & Bar fame ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 8 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Love savouring a classic red wine? Join Bistronomy and Trinity Hill to celebrate the release of the world-renowned Trinity Hill 2016 Homage. In a winemaker’s dinner with a twist, clever Head Chef James Beck will be ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 16 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Mind & Body
    An Evening with NZ Medium Kelvin Cruickshank. With the outstanding success and popularity of TV2's award winning series "Sensing Murder", Kelvin has been literally swamped with people wanting to see him. For this ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 4 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Neighbourhood dining at its best! Here’s a unique opportunity to sample the wares of two of Napier’s culinary heavyweights, David Griffith from Mr. D's and James Beck from Bistronomy. Introducing the new kid on the ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 11:30AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Renowned French champagne house, Billecart-Salmon, was founded in 1818 (yes, it’s old) and their world-class bubbles will set the tone for this exquisite brunch experience. Join chef James Beck as he creates a ... more
  • Matisse Wine Bar, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 7 Nov 2018 6:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    It’s about to get stripped down and au naturel at Matisse with a two-course dinner boasting the finest organic local ingredients. Each homegrown course will be paired only natural wines. The perfect excuse to get ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 3 Nov 2018 8:45PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Landslide is an Auckland based, live 5 piece band, who have been celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks all over the North Island for the past 6 years. Covering well known classics from Fleetwood Mac ... more
  • Spriggs Park, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 2:00PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Join Educator Jake Brookie at the Rocky Shore and learn about the weird and wonderful life that lives there. There are crabs that scuttle, swooping seabirds and very fast fish (some of whom breathe air). Not only will ... more
  • F.G Smith Eatery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 3 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Sharing dinner with friends and family is what makes a good dinner great. Get together with friends and family and take a regular dining experience to the next level at F.G. Smith Eatery. On arrival, you’ll get your ... more
  • The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 8 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    The collaboration that dreams are made of is coming to Summer F.A.W.C! King Salmon, Patangata Station, Waipawa Butchery, guest Chef Rex Morgan from Wellington's Boulcott Street Bistro, and Tony Bish Wines are teaming up ... more
  • The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 2 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    The Urban Winery and Te Matuku Oysters have teamed up to present an extraordinary evening of French Champagne and Waiheke Island Oysters. French Champagne will be served on arrival, the first of three grand marque ... more
  • The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 7 Nov 2018 6:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Fancy yourself a food and wine buff? Here’s your chance to show your stuff - gather your smartest foodie friends (groups up to 10) and bring your love and knowledge of food and wine to The Urban Winery for a night of ... more
  • Milk and Honey, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 8 Nov 2018 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    The team from Milk & Honey welcome the crew from Hapi to create a one off FAWC collaboration. This bespoke evening will showoff Superfood Cocktails; mixed, shaken and stirred using the collective experience of the ... more
  • Taradale Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 27 Oct 2018 6:30PM / Bar DJs
    Enjoy an evening of social dancing. Waltz, swing, tango, foxtrot, quickstep, new vogue, rock 'n' roll, salsa, bachata, chachacha and more. DJ: Adrian Leineweber Event Hosted by Evan & Sandy Theme: ... more
  • Bev Ridges on York, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 6 Nov 2018 10:00PM / Festivals
    Great day down at Bev Ridges, with another fantastic Melbourne Cup carnival. Doors open at 10am. Ticket includes $3.00 Easy bet* Roast Lunch and a chance to win $500 cash. Book your table today for groups of 4 or ... more
  • The Old Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 11 Nov 2018 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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  • Mission Estate Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 4 Nov 2018 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
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  • Church Road Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Nov 2018 5:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Nose to tail… how about fin to tail? Come and experience the whole fish and hear how it gets to your plate. Karl Warr will lead you into the world of ‘Better Fishing’ with tales of sourcing the best locally caught ... more
  • Archeus Apothecary, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 4 Nov 2018 11:30AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join celebrity chef Nici Wickes and Archeus founder Apothecary Georgina Langdale for a fabulous foray into the world of beauty and food. Award-winning Archeus founder Georgina will inspire with ways of using plants in ... more
  • Crab Farm Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 3 Nov 2018 7:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Don’t blame it on the good times, blame it on the boogie... At Boogie Night you’ll be transported back to an era when flared jeans and flower power were all the rage, and disco music ruled the charts. Get dressed ... more
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