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

By Chris McLennan

Stroll through bucolic gardens in Napier.
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Gardens, Hawke's Bay

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Napier is famous for its retro style.
Napier
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
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, this modern, sunny and self contained one bedroom accommodation attac... (more)
5 on Bay View - Tui & Fantail Apartments. - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 self contained and spacious with a full kitchen, a large tiled bathroom w... (more)
Ace High Motor Inn - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 Hawke's Bay. Hawke's Bay Airport and Hawke’s Bay Museum are each a 10-minu... (more)
Affordable Westshore Holiday Park Napier - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 city has an extensive collection of exotic species including sharks, pi... (more)
Albatross Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 equipped units ranging from standard & deluxe studios and deluxe bedroom unit... (more)
Anchorage Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 internet is available for all guests. A spacious, air-conditioned conf... (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 bedroom both feature TV, stereo and DVD player. With the lounge opening onto... (more)
Art Deco Masonic Hotel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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. It is 2 minutes' walk from the main street of Marine Parade and loca... (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. Some have dishwashers. Facilities at Colonial Lodge include a heat... (more)
ASURE Colonial Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 Suites have been recently refurbished to a high standard*OTHER FACILIT... (more)
At The Rocks Motorlodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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. Facilities include a barbecue area, laundry and dry cleaning servi... (more)
Ballina Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 Airport. The Ballina Motel offers a choice of 16 self-contained luxury... (more)
Bamboo Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 is heated, and has electric blankets and ironing facilities. Bambo... (more)
Bay Beauty Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 and a TV set. Guests can prepare simple meals at the attached kitchen wh... (more)
Bay View Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 barbecue area for you to use and enjoy. Choose from a range of accommod... (more)
Beach Front Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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, microwave, ensuite with shower, private freshwater spa bath or spa poo... (more)
Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 within a 10-minute drive away. All rooms are located on the ground flo... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Napier - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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. Many rooms also offer kitchenettes. At the Bella Vista, breakfast can... (more)
BK's Fountain Court Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 Napier. It is a 5-minute walk to the Marina Parade and the beachfront... (more)
Bluewater Hotel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 both Napier Airport and Napier city centre. The restaurants and nightli... (more)
Breakwater Apartments - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 and a lounge/dining area with satellite TV. The en suite bathroom offer... (more)
Cedar Court Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 cafes, restaurants and galleries of Ahuriri are 2 km away. Guests ... (more)
Chic Collection Apartments - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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.Each apartment offers a sanctuary of refined elegance and modern conveni... (more)
City Close Motel - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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 parking, car washing facilities, cot and high chair, cooked and continent... (more)
Deco City Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
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, mini refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Free on-site car par... (more)
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  • Marine Parade, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 1:00PM / Family Entertainment
    The Amazing Dinosaur Discovery is a 2 hour interactive dinosaur walk through that brings prehistoric times alive again! Come and explore the prehistoric ages and discover over 30 lifelike dinosaurs. You don't want ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 26 Sep 2020 7:00PM / Comedy
    Get Your Giggle On Who Is Ready for A Night of Laughter, Music and Amazing Art? Come and Get Your Giggle On for Good! Our charity Send a Little Smile is turning 1 in September and the celebration will be a big ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 1 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Comedy
    An uproarious evening of stand-up comedy, designed to liberate the mind and dispatch sacred cows to the barbecue. In the age of cancel culture, will Raybon be Kancelled? When unspeakable is a dare, when flames ... more
  • Bay Skate, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 12:00PM / Skating
    Parkers Battle of The Bags presented by DD Airbags - an explosive, high-adrenaline BMX spectacular starring NZ’s best athletes including Jed Mildon from Nitro Circus! For one day only, witness these thrill-loving ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 2 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Classical Music
    The roaring ’20s were wild and carefree – a time of dramatic social change that also marked the beginning of the modern music era… filled with risk and adventure. Jazz, aeroplanes, skyscrapers and the invention ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 2 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    The Queen Celebration are a completely live band of Hawke’s Bay’s finest musicians. Featuring a 5-piece band, 4 guest vocalists and a unique light and visual show, Killer Queens pay homage to one of the biggest ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Film
    Sit back and enjoy some of the best and most vibrant short films from New Zealand and around the world. This collection provides a great way to sample what Show Me Shorts is all about. The films feature a stroll through ... more
  • MTG Century Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 2:00PM / Film
    Children love short films! Introduce the small people in your life to the magic of cinema. This collection of films is suitable for the whole family. Take a wild ride on a tram that is off its tracks without brakes! ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Rock
    Always the highlight of the Cabana Calendar. Last year we sold out so get your tickets NOW ... Groove Foundation: Groove Foundation is a 4 piece covers band based in Hawke's Bay. We are available for pub gigs and ... more
  • Napier Municipal Theatre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 7:30PM / Rock
    Devilskin paint NZ Red. Devilskin are excited to announce a New Zealand wide tour to support their chart-topping new album Red! With the lifting of crowd and venue restrictions, and due to massive demand, ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 10 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Jazz
    The Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Ensemble is coming to Napier! They'll be presenting a programme of fresh original compositions and arrangements, as well as tried and true classics from the pen of the the one and ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 9 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Rock
    Fresh from releasing his new album "Deadline", Polarisradio is excited to put on a massive neon-infused electronic-rock onslaught for his hometown of Napier, along with special guest An Electric ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 17 Oct 2020 8:00PM / Jazz
    Jan Preston Trio return to Napier for a first time visit to the Paisley Stage with a brand new album and tour. Pre Sale tickets $25 + booking online with Eventfinda or in person at Music Machine 35 Hastings St. Jan ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 22 Oct 2020 8:20PM / Comedy
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    Fri 9 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Soccer
    What a year it has been! What a relief to have been able to play a full season of football. Join us to celebrate our Senior 2020 football season and prizegiving. Only $30.00 per person for dinner (this cost has ... more
  • Taradale High School, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 30 Sep 2020 7:00PM / Theatre
    Napier Frivolity Minstrels (Juniors) Inc presents Camelot the Pantomime. This show is a fun filled show full of humour, audience participation and a great variety of your favourite songs. Come along and support these ... more
  • Environment Centre Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 27 Sep 2020 10:00AM / Conservation, Environment
    Learn how to dispose of your kitchen and garden waste more quickly and produce compost more efficiently. Troubleshoot common problems and watch a compost heap being made. Bring sun hat / rainwear / warm clothing for the ... more
  • Waitangi Regional Park, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 14 Oct 2020 5:30PM / Public Talks & Tours
    Hosted by Hawkes Bay Regional Council, this event will showcase the new 15 hectare wetland along the coast between Awatoto and Haumoana, this area aims to provide even more habitat for fish, birds and whitebait spawning ... more
  • Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 22 Oct 2020 8:30AM / A&P Shows, Field Days
    A fantastic family fun day out! Bringing you the best of the country in the heart of Hawke's Bay. The A&P show offers a great value day out for all ages, we can't wait to welcome you to enjoy the animals, the rides, ... more
  • Hastings Clock Tower, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 3 Oct 2020 10:00AM / Family Entertainment
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    Sat 3 Oct 2020 8:00AM / Marathon, Running
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    Fri 9 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Local acoustic music duo, Sinead and Bella have recently combined to form The Cellars, this will be their debut performance in their show Not for Sale, Join them as they use their original music to sift through the ... more
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    Fri 9 Oct 2020 11:30PM / Punk
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    Thu 8 Oct 2020 10:15PM / Punk
    A tribute to the Sex Pistols "Never Mind the Bollocks", as performed by Buddha Loves the Mafia. This will blow the roof off, make sure you've got your ear plugs and tickets from these local legends *. "God Save the ... more
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    Thu 8 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Latin
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