One of the prettiest places to visit in New Zealand is Napier. Napier has a unique 1930’s architecture and makes it an interesting place to visit.
Napier is located about 4 hours drive from Wellington or you can catch a 1 hour flight from Wellington or Auckland airports. One of the biggest towns close by, Hastings, is about 20 minutes drive away.
Napier has achieved fame by having the most complete sets of Art Deco buildings in the world. The town has streets filled with Art Deco buildings that have been restored and beautified. When you walk through the town, it feels like you’re walking through a 1930’s movie set.
Rocked by an earthquake in 1931, the center of Napier was destroyed and a huge rebuilding process was required. New buildings that were built were made to reflect the Art Deco styles of the time including Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission.
A great time to visit Napier to appreciate it’s history is in February when they hold the Art Deco festival which focuses on all things 1930’s. You will experience vintage cars, 1930’s fashion, music and more.
Around Napier, there is also so much more to do. The region is known for their amazing wineries, food and cafe culture. Mission Estate is one of the countries oldest wineries and was founded by French Catholic Missionaries in 1858.