TRAVEL

Napier’s Art Deco de­lights.

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Con­tents -

You can truly step back in time in Hawke’s Bay, a 100km penin­sula that runs along the east coast on New Zealand’s north is­land. A dev­as­tat­ing earthquake flat­tened the re­gion in 1931, and the town of Napier was re­built en­tirely in the pe­riod’s Art Deco style – an ar­chi­tec­tural feat that re­mains to this day.

The award-win­ning Art Deco Ma­sonic Ho­tel was re­cently re­de­vel­oped and sits on Napier’s wa­ter­front. Use this as a base to ex­plore the Hawke’s Bay area, which dou­bles as New Zealand’s sec­ond largest wine re­gion. Drop into one of the 70-odd winer­ies that specialise in caber­net, mer­lot, syrah and chardon­nay.

To truly im­merse your­self in the re­gion’s his­tory, book a trip for Fe­bru­ary when the an­nual Art Deco Week­end fes­ti­val takes over the town. More than 40,000 peo­ple flock to par­tic­i­pate in 200-odd events that cel­e­brate all things 1930s, in­clud­ing din­ner-dance ex­trav­a­gan­zas, out­door con­certs, vin­tage car pa­rades and fash­ion shows.

Tak­ing to Napier on foot is cheap and cheer­ful, plus you can stop in the of­fi­cial Art Deco Cen­tre shop for your own retro trea­sure. There are guided tours in the morn­ing, af­ter­noon and evening (start­ing from $19) or, if you pre­fer to fly solo, down­load your own self-guided brochure for only $10 (art­de­conapier.com).

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