Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is located within the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. After a massive earthquake in 1931 the city was rebuilt, with the new buildings reflecting the architectural styles of the times – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. These buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world, and one of the best ways to enjoy the streetscape is on a self-guided walk.

Napier is home to many fine wineries, fabulous restaurants, bars and cafes. The boutique shops are a must-visit, as is the Sea Walls collection of magnificent murals painted on more than 50 walls around the city.

The beautifully restored Marine Parade serves as a scenic and popular bridge between the city and the Pacific Ocean. Napier’s iconic Norfolk Pines, Deco Soundshell, Tom Parker Fountain and ‘Pania of the Reef’ statue are a visual reminder of the city’s past. Drive just outside the city centre to the historic fishing village of Ahuriri to check out the growing list of cafes, bars, restaurants, galleries and boutique stores.

For the perfect photo opportunity, visit the Viewing Platform located on the Marine Parade foreshore, just down from the Pania statue. Napier is also the perfect base from which to explore the wider Hawke’s Bay region.

However you design your trip, Napier is the perfect blend of past and present.

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