Natty Napier

Situated on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the region known as Hawkes Bay, is the fascinating city of Napier.

The city is fascinating simply because it was very badly damaged by an earthquake in 1931. In fact, it was an enormous quake, which measured 7.9 on the Richter Scale, and caused a great loss of life as well as destroying the town.

New Zealanders are used to suffering such natural disasters, the most recent being the calamity wrought upon Christchurch in 2010, and being resilient people, Kiwis mop up, grieve for those who have lost their lives, their homes and their livelihoods and start to rebuild again.

Which explains why Napier is such an interesting place. During the 1930s Art Deco architecture was all the rage, so it was decided to rebuild Napier in the most current fashion of the time, so that today Napier is a fascinating Art Deco city.

Fortunately, the style, although thoroughly representative of a particular period, does not seem out of place in Napier, and the quality of the architecture adds an allure to the town which makes it a joy to walk around to observe just what a comprehensive and enigmatic style Art Deco represents.

The location off the town is acutely attractive and the views of Hawke Bay that can be seen from the lookout at Bluff hill are nothing short of sensational.

The town has a thriving port, and is central to some of New Zealand’s most highly regarded wine regions. Napier has a Wine Centre which extols the virtues of the regions products, and many excellent restaurants and cafes where the wine can be tasted in conjunction with some of the regions excellent produce.

Apart from the Art Deco buildings, Napier has some many fine examples of wooden dwellings, many of which have been constructed on ridiculously steep hillsides, but which are obviously maintained by owners who have a great pride in their fascinating town.

Apart from the Art Deco buildings, Napier has some many fine examples of wooden dwellings, many of which have been constructed on ridiculously steep hillsides, but which are obviously maintained by owners who have a great pride in their fascinating town.

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