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

By Chris McLennan

Stroll through bucolic gardens in Napier.
Napier
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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119 on Georges Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.70 85 Reviews
Napier South, Napier
068433609
Just 3 minutes’ drive from the Hawkes Bay waterfront, 119 on Georges boasts a solar-heated swimming pool, BBQ facilities and airport pickup. It offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and lovely garden views. The heated rooms have a seating area with a flat-screen TV. Each room has... (more)
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)
Ashcroft Gardens Bed and Breakfast - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Jervoistown, Napier
068449446
Quiet peaceful garden setting with a relaxed homely atmosphere. Swim in our pool or visit the many wineries, golf courses and parks of our Art Deco city. Come and enjoy the fruits of the Bay served with a yummy breakfast. Semi rural in a tropical garden setting we make people feel in a hom... (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)
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)
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)
Barrowmeade - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
9.40 42 Reviews
Taradale, Napier
Barrowmeade is located in Napier. Free WiFi access is available. Rooms here will provide you with a TV, a terrace and a seating area. Complete with a microwave, the dining area also has a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdry... (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)
B-B on Sea - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
10.00 6 Reviews
Westshore, Napier
You will be welcomed with a warm greeting from your hosts Roger or Jenny to their luxury Bed & Breakfast which is across the road from Westshore's safe swimming Beach. Off street parking for 2 cars. Hot inbuilt Spa-BBQ-Laundry-tea/coffee making facilities. Underfloor heating. Heated Towel ... (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)
Blue Seas Villa - Accommodation in Napier New Zealand
Napier
06-8351395
Boasting breathtaking ocean views, Blue Seas Villa offers free WiFi and free parking. Guests can enjoy a meal on the patio with the BBQ facilities, while drinking in the idyllic surroundings.Blue Seas Villas Naiper is a 10-minute drive from The National Aquairium of New Zealand and a 15-mi... (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)
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  • 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
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 26 Apr 2018 8:00PM / Jazz
    The creativity of acclaimed pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of a historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities. Jonathan ... more
  • Paisley Stage, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 8:30PM / Jazz
    The Soul - Jazz Experience Featuring: Michel Benbig - Noumea to New Zealand. B3 Hammond Organ Master Have Hammond Organ will travel. Michel Benebig visits New Zealand once a year and we anticipate his visits ... more
  • HB Latin Dance Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 3:00PM / Dance Classes
    HB Latin Dance Club (inc) is proud to Support International Dance Day by hosting an all Level introduction to Argentine Tango designed for novice and experienced dancers at our lovely venue. The class will be followed by ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 4 May 2018 8:00PM / Covers, Tribute Bands
    Direct From Melbourne! The Adele and Amy Songbook - One Show Only! with special guests - Best Served Chilled Limited tickets available. $30 pre-sale from Eventfinda and the venue $35 on the Door Australia’s ... more
  • The Cabana, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 19 May 2018 8:00PM / Blues
    New Zealand’s most exciting and original contemporary blues performer, Darren Watson is touring intimate venues around New Zealand during May to promote his brand new album ‘Too Many Millionaires’. Watson’s ... more
  • Taradale Club, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 28 Apr 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. Live DJ: 6.30pm - 11pm. Dinner: between 6.30-8pm. Buffet dinner included ... more
  • The Old Church, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 13 May 2018 1:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you will indulge that special mother of yours. This year why not replace the traditional flowers and card and delight her with something ... more
  • The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Thu 26 Apr 2018 8:00PM / Blues
    The TimeLiners are: Neil Worboys – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica, Kazoo Maurice Priestley – Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo Stephen Carlyle - Vocals, Bass, Accordion, Guitar, Percussion Neil, ... more
  • Environment Centre Hawke's Bay, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 12 May 2018 10:00AM / Education
    Get ready for your edible summer garden now. A step-by-step process to plan the best summer edible garden for you. Decide what to grow to eat, how much space it will take and how long it will take to grow. Make better ... more
  • Black Barn Bistro, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sun 29 Apr 2018 1:30PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Argentine Chefs Daniel Pistone (Black Barn Bistro) and Dante Moren (The Royal Hotel, Featherston) come together to put on a Open fire (Asado) Sunday lunch which will be adapted to New Zealand produce and conditions. The ... more
  • The River Room, Black Barn, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 27 Apr 2018 8:00PM / Jazz
    The creativity of acclaimed pianist and composer Jonathan Crayford at the keys of an historic Steinway D Grand Piano. A musical experience normally reserved for audiences in large international cities. Jonathan ... more
  • The Common Room, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Sat 12 May 2018 8:30PM / Folk
    Sensational fresh material from Hobnail as they continue their national tour in support of their new album “Blue Sky Songs”. Hobnail are on the road again, performing all over NZ to bring you their stunning new ... more
  • Structural Chiropractic, Hastings, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Wed 3 May 2017 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    This is where it all begins. The why and the how of Living an Extraordinary Healthy Life, with an emphasis on the Brain-Body Connection (Structural Correction) but also addressing specific lifestyle steps to help ... more
  • Te Whare Kiwikiwi, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne
    Fri 4 May 2018 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    On the first Friday of [almost] every month I will host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to artisan cheeses from near and far. Matching them with wines, beers and ciders, comparing the good, the not so good and the ... more
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