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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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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  • Napier Soundshell, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 20 Oct 2019 11:00AM / Charity, Fundraisers
    Every year as part of Breast Cancer Action Month the annual Tremains Breast Cancer Fun Walk is organised to increase awareness of the HBBCT. The money that is raised will go directly to the Hawkes Bay Breast Cancer ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 20 Oct 2019 2:30PM / Jazz
    JAZZ SPECTACULAR 2019 Guitarists Matthew Marshall and Bruce Forman Matthew Marshall Described as “…a guitarist of superb technical accomplishment and a musician of perception and style” (Dominion Post), ... more
  • MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 19 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Embroidery fun for kids. Join local fabric artist Ngaio Blackwood for a fun session of stitching with recycled materials. All materials provided. Where: MTG Education Suite This is a free event for children but ... more
  • Holt Planetarium, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 20 Oct 2019 10:00AM / Family & Lifestyle
    Spend a day learning the foundations of Feng Shui, you will learn how to activate specific areas of the rooms in your home to attract more wealth & career luck, enhance health & relationships, energise for study luck, ... more
  • BDO , Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 25 Sep 2019 9:00AM / Business & Professional
    Our Walk in Wednesday in our Napier Office has had a revamp! We've opened it up to cover all things Business! Tax advice, PIR rates, Xero, MYOB, Add-ons, Report analysis, Succession Planning, Cashflows, ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 24 Oct 2019 7:30PM / Singer-Songwriter
    Singer/Songwriter Jason Kerrison is taking his talents across Aotearoa on a special solo songbook tour, hosted at delightful intimate venues sharing Opshop, The Babysitters Circus songs, solo work including his new ... more
  • Hawke's Bay A & P Showgrounds, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 23 Oct 2019 8:30AM / A&P Shows, Field Days
    Fantastic Family Fun! Come along and see the animals and the people at New Zealand's biggest A&P show. Once again we are thrilled to host the Royal A&P show - get up close with the most prestigious competitions in the ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 7:30PM / Cabaret, Burlesque
    FRIGHT NIGHT! Join us for the best night of Halloween entertainment! Aerialists, ghouls and maybe some goblins, who knows... The BOO-mb Funk Variety Performers are super excited to bring you this, as it's a FIRST for ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 10 Nov 2019 11:00AM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Join us at Bistronomy as our guest for the weekend, Dariush Lolaiy of Restaurant Cazador cooks up a storm in this exclusive masterclass. Dariush will be demonstrating techniques from his cookbook as well as some pro tips ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Here’s one for the ultimate foodie fans! Local legend, James Beck, will be collaborating with New Zealand Chef of the Year, Giulio Sturla (ex Roots, and Founder of Eat New Zealand) for two nights of explosive flavour ... more
  • Market Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 3 Nov 2019 2:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Three great Kiwi loves are colliding at Market St: lazy Sunday afternoons, grazing, and beats. Step out of the heart of Napier’s Art Deco and into the brand-new eatery and bar for an afternoon of three courses of ... more
  • Market Street, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 6:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    The new kids on the block are bringing the heat with their Summer F.A.W.C! debut. Take a seat in the hottest new Eatery & Bar in town while owner Steve Kelly takes you through a degustation featuring local seafood, ... more
  • Bistronomy, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 10 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Here’s one for the ultimate foodie fans! Local legend, James Beck, will be collaborating with Dariush Lolaiy from Cazador for a night of explosive flavour plated up over 6 phenomenal courses. Admirers from afar, the ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 8:30PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Revival Entertainment Enterprises presents “Comfortably Numb” An Outstanding Pink Floyd tribute show, performed by Hawkes Bay band ”Revival“ With decades of combined experience behind them, an impressive list ... more
  • Creative Arts Napier, Community Arts Centre, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 10:00AM / Education
    A fun and practical jewellery workshop, open to beginners and more advanced students! Learn the basics of working with silver, copper and brass; forming, heating, soldering and polishing to create beautiful and well ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 9 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Rock
    Squealer NZ’s premier AC/DC experience band Squealer·Wednesday, 19 December 2018· Squealer is New Zealand's most accomplished and long standing AC/DC experience band delivering the songs of AC/DC with passion and ... more
  • Central Fire Station, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 7 Nov 2019 6:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    It’s about to heat up at Summer F.A.W.C! with two Head Chef heavyweights collaborating for a foraging feast. Head Chef’s Sam Clark and Regnar Christensen (Executive Chef of the recently opened Grange in Takapuna, ... more
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    Sun 10 Nov 2019 2:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Following on from the sold-out success of Winter, The Gincient is back! Let the drinking be Gin…Gin lovers, this one is for you. Local favourite, Hapi, is teaming up with Nelson's Dancing Sands Distillery to bring ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 15 Nov 2019 8:00PM / Classic Rock
    If you love classic blues rock, you'll love Lazy Fifty L I V E. We’re starting the night with some of our own kiwi blues rock originals. Once we’ve warmed you up with a few of our own tunes, we'll crack into ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 2 Nov 2019 9:00PM / Jazz
    Introducing Wellington singer/songwriter Jess Deacon - writer of soulful, smooth melodies and lead singer of Queen Fox. Joined by her band, let Jess and The Foxes take you on an evocative journey through stories of ... more
  • Hawkes Bay Latin Dance Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 16 Nov 2019 7:00PM / Socials, Singles, Balls
    Hawkes Bay Latin Dance Club (inc) and Napier Tango club are proud to present La Grande Napier Tango Ball With Special guests Gisela Vidal and Ariel Yanovsky, professional Argentine tango couple. A special invitation to ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 15 Nov 2019 8:30PM / Rock
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  • Napier CBD, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 7 Nov 2019 5:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Ain’t no party like a Napier Block Party! Take it at your own pace at this self-guided progressive evening. Get your hands on the specially designed map packed with deals/dishes that highlights all hot-spots ... more
  • National Aquarium of New Zealand, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 6 Nov 2019 9:00AM / Conservation, Environment
    See our New Zealand native icons free of charge. Join aquarium guide Scotty on this 20 minute tour to learn about tuatara, kiwi, penguins and eels. Admission charges apply to see the rest of the aquarium. For more ... more
  • Church Road Winery, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 26 Oct 2019 4:00PM / Folk
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