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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  • Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 14 Dec 2019 9:00PM / Family Entertainment
    There's so much more to see at our 21st anniverssary celebration. Dazzling light displays scattered along a tree-lined trail are surrounded by thousands of sparkling fairy lights. Started in 1998 our holiday light event ... more
  • Taradale Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 18 Dec 2019 6:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    After 10 months of sold out Food & Wine Pairing events, we are opening ticket sales up to the public for our Food & Wine Pairing Christmas Extravaganza! 6 courses of gourmet deliciousness paired beautifully with the ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 21 Dec 2019 8:00PM / Pop
    The Cabana Xmas Party is always a great night. With lots of out of townees home for Xmas it is the meeting point before the big day. FREE glass of Champers on entry and $5 beers and tequila's throughout the night. ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 21 Dec 2019 8:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Back in Napier! Renowned around the country now for delivering a high energy good time old school live rock n' roll show. This high energy 5 piece rock n'roll show’s coming back to Paisley Stage. Songs from the ... more
  • Hastings Community Arts Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 26 Nov 2019 9:30AM / Craft & Object Art
    Once again 106 Russell Street South Hastings will be a popular location, with the Christmas Art and Craft Bazaar at the Hastings Community Art Centre getting underway as of Tuesday 26 November, 2019! Held annually, The ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 4 Jan 2020 8:00PM / Pop
    Absolute Bowie Tribute Price $20 Absolute Bowie Tribute is back having sold out 3 shows in 2019. 3 Bands playing 50 great BOWIE classics over 4 HOURS. These shows will sell out again so get your tickets early. ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 10 Jan 2020 7:00PM / Variety Concerts
    Amand Gerbault – Gaylor is a young man with an amazing capacity to bring me to tears of joy. He has a masters touch on the Piano and plays Chopin with divine feeling, space and tempo. My Mother Mary Poynton was a ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 4 Jan 2020 9:00PM / Hip Hop, Rap
    Forged in the Furnace of Middle Earth: Los Phoenix is set to return with his highly anticipated sophomore album 'The Magician'. Come and witness the Kiwi MC bring in the new year with magic by performing songs live ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 10 Jan 2020 8:00PM / Rock
    Once a year it happens, at Paisley Stage its more important than Xmas and New Year, it's The Bowie Show. Join us in this epic celebration of the genius of David Bowie, through all the eras and guises, the Bowie show ... more
  • The Urban Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 31 Dec 2019 9:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    Ring in the Roaring 20's this New Year's Eve as we once again enter the age of Art Deco. And where better to celebrate this New Year's than in the historic building of the National Tobacco Company? The Urban Winery ... more
  • Taradale Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 31 Dec 2019 7:00PM / Dance
    Enjoy an evening of - Ballroom, Latin & mixed dance styles (Salsa, Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, New Vogue, Rock 'n' Roll, Tango, Bachata, Chachacha, and more). Live DJ from 7pm. Dress to impress - Black Tie ... more
  • Hawke's Bay Racing Centre, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 20 Dec 2019 3:30PM / Music Festivals
    Madcap and Etiquette bring you the most anticipated show this summer in Hawke’s Bay. The inaugural ‘Summer Solstice’ concert takes place on Friday December 20th at the iconic Hawke’s Bay Racing Centre. ... more
  • Zeffer Cider, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 22 Dec 2019 12:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join us on the lawn at the Zeffer cidery and taproom for Cider Sundays – an afternoon of acoustic tunes paired with cider and delectable treats from some of Hawke’s Bay finest food trucks. For Sunday 22 December ... more
  • Cape Estate, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 26 Dec 2019 2:00PM / Music Festivals
    Iconic to the Hawke’s Bay social calendar, the annual Boxing Day Festival returns to Cape Estate in 2019 after another sold-out festival in 2018. The festival delivers the very best in Hawke’s Bay hospitality and ... more
  • Panoply Studio, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 14 Jan 2020 10:00AM / Education
    Panoply Studio presents... A One Day Screen Printing Workshop for children aged 7-12 years. In this one day course, children will create their very own eco-friendly hand cut stencils for a screen-printed art ... more
  • Panoply Studio, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 7 Jan 2020 10:00AM / Education
    Panoply Studio presents... A one day, Childrens (7-12yrs) Bookbinding Workshop. Children create their very own journal, using traditional bookbinding techniques and a range of papers, stencils, stickers and ... more
  • The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Tue 31 Dec 2019 8:00PM / Reggae
    New Year’s Eve Reggae Explosion with Hawkes Bay favourite reggae band The Rude Boyz with NZ hip-hop legend DLT spinning sounds into the wee hours of the new year. This is going to be the best new year eve party in ... 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
  • Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 11 Jan 2020 11:30AM / Alternative, Indie
    Nest Fest is back again for a second year, continuing the story of a community of artists who are reshaping Aotearoa's musical landscape. But it's not just familiar names from top of the pops. Sticking to our roots of ... more
  • Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 27 Dec 2019 7:30PM / Film
    Black Barn OpenAir Cinema – A Festival of Film under the Stars The planning is already in full swing for the 16th OpenAir Cinema season in Havelock North. Whilst the film line-up is still being finalised, there ... more
  • GodsOwn Brewery, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 21 Dec 2019 12:00PM / Festivals
    It's time! GodsOwn Brewery are celebrating their 4th Birthday in the Hop Garden by providing chilled vibes and family entertainment with local talent from 'Arahi' from 12 noon to 5 pm. We will then be Folking ... more
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