Napier is a really cute 1930’s art-deco inspired town along the east coast in the North Island. I loved wandering around looking at the unique architecture, it was like stepping back in time. It is well known as the town that was basically demolished by an earthquake in 1931, and rebuilt in the art-deco style that was popular at that time. There are some newer more modern buildings dotted around, but for the most part, the town has taken great care to ensure that older buildings were protected and restored. We wandered around the town stopping in little shops, had drinks along the waterfront and visited the earthquake museum. I found it really interesting to learn about New Zealand’s seismic activity, and how people can sometimes predict when the earthquakes will happen (little did I know that the Christchuch I had come to know and love would just a couple years later get hit with such devastation and my friends would suffer so greatly. I probably won’t be writing about that because it’s still really dificult).
We then had a walk up a giant hill and were greeted with these gorgeous views around us. We had wondered why the town seemed to be super busy on a weekday and it was because that giant cruise ship had docked and let their passengers off for the day. Napier is after all a pretty popular tourist destination, and it is apparently one of two (the other being in Florida) best preserved Art-Deco towns in the world.
(all pictures are from 2010)