Napier fell victim to a large Earthquake in February 1931 which destroyed most of the town. Arising fairly quickly from the rubble the town was rebuilt and a large number of buildings were created in the Art Deco style. Over the years this has become more and more a unique part of Napier – its heritage as well as its architecture – and the focus of a large festival held in February. Napier is now often referred to as the “Art Deco capital of the world”.
There are several things you can do focused around Art Deco in Napier, from tours, to hiring a classic vehicle, to coming here for the huge annual festival!
Art Deco Napier Attractions #1: An Art Deco Guided Tour
Thousands of people take a guided walk each year. Savour the style of one of the world’s unique cities – Napier, leveled by earthquake and fire in 1931 and rebuilt in the depths of the great Depression with optimism and vitality in the styles of the thirties – especially Art Deco.
Your informative and entertaining guide will bring Napier’s fascinating architectural history to life for you as you take a relaxed stroll through the compact Art Deco Quarter in Napier’s vibrant city centre. Read more about an Art Deco Guided Tour here.
Art Deco Napier Attractions #2: A Classic Car Tour
The good people at Hooters hire have some fantastic vintage cars and a tour in one of these is a great way to see the city and get an introduction to the Art Deco Style.Their experienced chauffeurs give you a light-hearted guided tour of our beautiful city in one of their magnificently restored Art Deco Vehicles. They have more than one tour to choose from – you can see them here.
Art Deco Napier Attractions #3: The Art Deco Festival
When it comes to anything Art Deco the annual festival can’t be beaten. This festival has grown and grown over the years and is now a huge event with activities happening all around Napier over the 5 or so days that it runs. Centered in Napier city, dress up in Art Deco style and wander the town, check out the classic cars and the parade, have a picnic on the grass overlooking the Pacific Ocean…this festival is a lot of fun, the town gets incredibly busy, and the atmosphere is incredibly festive.
You can click here to see all about the 2016 Festival to get an idea of what is on offer.
This is just a brief taste of one of the Napier Attractions that draws people from all over the world. Interested to come and learn more? Get in touch today and us here at Colonial Lodge Motel in Taradale will be happy to get you started.