Napier City

The words Art Deco and Napier often go hand-in-hand as the coastal city of Napier, rebuilt after the 1931, 7.8 magnitude earthquake, is best known for its trademark Art Deco architecture and landmarks and few places in the world have such a broad representation of the Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco styles within such a confined area. The city deserves its place as the Art Deco Capital of the World.

Along its two kilometres of sea frontage, lined with Norfolk Island Pines first planted in 1888, Napier’s Marine Parade offers a succession of visitor attractions including the Pania of the Reef statue, a symbol of the city, and the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Napier has a well-established Māori history with evidence of Māori settlement from as early as the year 930. Supported by an almost Mediterranean climate, this popular year-round destination boasts a vibrant cafe culture. For the shopper there are high street and boutique stores to browse in, as well as antique shops, art galleries and studios.