Art Deco Walking Tour of Napier

Napier has long been on my travel list. This east coast town on NZ’s North Island is an art deco gem, having been rebuilt in 1931 following a devastating earthquake. It was rebuilt in the modern style, which in 1931 was, you guessed it, art deco.

Napier is supposed to be one of the world’s finest examples of art deco architecture. But sometimes expectations can let you down. In retrospect, I think I expected a kind of art deco Disneyland. In reality mainly the foreshore was art deco and the rest of the town was very pleasant, but not bursting with art deco-ness.

But if you are a fan of the genre, or just a fan of good wine and a pleasant seaside resort, it’s a good place to spend a couple of nights and take a guided art deco walking tour, or check it out on your own. Take a mosey:

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