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Historic Building In Ahururi Reopens

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One of Napier’s most recognisable buildings has reopened to the public – just in time for an influx of summer visitors.

Ahuriri’s iconic National Tobacco Company building’s foyer and boardroom, which closed last year for maintenance, is back in business.

During the summer public access will be by gold coin donation, collected by Art Deco-garbed staff based on site.

They will also provide information about the building, show visitors the rose dome glass ceiling and wood-panelled boardroom, then guide guests through the ‘secret back door’ into The Urban Winery. 

The Heritage 1 listed-building was built in 1933 and is privately owned by Big Save’s McKimm family. It is also home to Tony Bish Wines and the Urban Winery.

Winemaker Tony Bish said the ferment and maturation barrel room would be visible through a large plate glass viewing window.

Photo: The National Tobacco Company building in Ahuriri. 

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