Located on the North Island's east coast, Napier is situated in the Hawke's Bay region and is a popular holiday destination. Napier holidays have a special point of difference - while enjoying all the shopping, dining, vineyards and natural attractions you'll also be surrounded by pure Art Deco, with some of the world's best preserved 1930s architecture. On 3 February 1931 a national disaster occurred, a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake rocked the town of Napier for over 3 minutes. The vast majority of Napier's commercial centre was destroyed by the quake and subsequent fires.
However, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Napier began to rebuild almost immediately. The new buildings reflected the popular architecture of the time and have since been preserved in a living time capsule. This Napier travel guide is designed to help you make the most of this astonishing city which combines traditional Maori motifs with the iconic architecture of the turbulent thirties. Designed by local architect Louis Hay, the architecture of Napier is heavily inspired by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, featuring Art Deco, Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission styles.
Although most Napier accommodation is concentrated in the centre of the city, you can also find a variety of accommodation options along the coast and a little further inland. Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars, Napier accommodation offers everything from comfortable motels and modern hotels to self-catering apartments, luxury resorts and charming bed and breakfasts. Close to a great range of shopping and dining options, Napier accommodation is also conveniently located close to some of the region's most popular attractions. B
Although Napier is best known for its 1930s Art Deco architecture, there's much more to the city. Of course no visit to this architecturally famous town would be complete without exploring the extraordinary streetscapes. There are maps available from the Art Deco Trust and information centre and self-guided walks are a wonderful way to enjoy the architecture as you stroll alongside shops, cafes and restaurants. Other popular Napier attractions include the gannet colony at nearby Cape Kidnappers and a number of excellent vineyards. Making use of Napier's alluvial soil, these vineyards produce the signature drops of Syrah and Pinot Gris. Saturday mornings are also a great time to stock up on fresh gourmet produce at the Napier farmers' market.