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

By Chris McLennan

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Gardens, Hawke's Bay

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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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  • Mission Estate Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 1 Feb 2020 2:00PM / Pop
    After five sold out world tours, he's back! Michael Bublé returns to New Zealand for his only New Zealand show! TEG DAINTY and The Mission Estate Winery Concert announced today that global superstar Michael Bublé ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 6 Feb 2020 2:00PM / Film
    Mauri is the story of Rewi, a man haunted by a past which threatens to engulf his future. Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Merata Mita, Mauri explores cultural tensions, identity and changing ways of ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 7 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Bar DJs
    "You Should Be Dancing" is a night of exceedingly danceable disco hits. A great big dancing disco celebration! We are excited to announce our 2020 Summer tour! A new disco decade! We play classic Disco that you ... more
  • Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 8 Feb 2020 2:30PM / Theatre
    A Nomadic Storyteller Brings his Award-winning Solo Show Exploring Dark Truths of Globalization through Spoken Word and Music Benjamin is a storyteller. What's his story? Of his most miserable night at a small ... more
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    Tue 18 Feb 2020 3:30PM / Museums
    Te Marae Nui O Hine-Moana: The vast plaza of our ocean maid Join us for a family-friendly nautical themed experience at the museum. Hear some salty sea tales, view treasures that have sailed the high seas and enjoy a ... more
  • Hawkes Bay Latin Dance Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 20 Feb 2020 6:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Speakeasy Starlets A dazzling night of dance awaits! So come and enjoy the glitz and glam of the underground scene of the 1930's with some delicious drinks in a gorgeous atmosphere.  There will be various performers ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 14 Feb 2020 7:30PM / Comedy
    Ray O'Leary and Ben MacGougan are coming to Hawkes' Bay this Valentine's Day for the first time! Their show has won Best Comedy at Hamilton Fringe recently, so it must be good!? Ray O’Leary is a stand-up comedian ... more
  • The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 18 Feb 2020 6:30PM / Dance
    Join us at 6:30 pm on February 18th for our second annual burlesque dance class! Included in the ticket price is your first glass of wine to be enjoyed upon arrival with some nibbles! Drink up the liquid courage and ... more
  • Rainbow Cottage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 22 Feb 2020 3:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    For those with similar tastes and their friends. Join locals Jonathan and Sue for a LGBT Deco Inspired High Tea. A time for fun and frivolity like yesteryear with entertainment by renowned performer Harold McGuire. ... more
  • Sacred Hill Cellar Door, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 5 Jan 2020 12:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Sacred Hill Vineyards and classic country pub The Puketapu have joined forces for Sundaze - wine, food and music in the Bay’s beautiful Dartmoor countryside, amongst the established trees and gardens at the original ... more
  • Sports Park Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 6 Feb 2020 9:00AM / Family Entertainment
    On 6 February 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Māori chiefs and the Crown. Local Kahungunu chiefs signed the treaty 23 June 1840 on board HMS Bunbury near Clive between Hastings and Napier. To mark the ... more
  • Hastings War Memorial Library, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 5 Feb 2020 4:00PM / Family Entertainment
    Hastings District Libraries and the Hastings City Art Gallery have again teamed up to host the unforgettable night themed around Harry Potter. The fun kicks off at 4pm in Civic Square, Hastings. This year’s theme ... more
  • Environment Centre Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 20 Feb 2020 5:30PM / Education
    This is a fun, practical workshop to get your seeds sown. I provide the seeds, the soil and the pots. In 90 minutes you’ll learn and practice how to sow seeds that free you from the limitations and costs of buying ... more
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    Thu 13 Feb 2020 5:30PM / Conservation, Environment
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  • The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 14 Feb 2020 8:00PM / Folk
    Summer 2020 sees Tattletale Saints return home to celebrate the release of their new album, Dancing Under the Dogwoods, out on January 24th. Originally from Auckland, 2014 Tui Award winners Tattletale Saints now live ... more
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    Sun 23 Feb 2020 3:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Marina will be hitting the major Kiwi centres in January and February in support of her highly-anticipated forthcoming album ‘Back Where We Started’ to be released early 2020. Marina will be performing an intimate ... more
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    Fri 28 Feb 2020 8:00AM / Business & Professional
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