Daily Archives: February 21, 2016

Art Deco Festival Draws Record Crowds

We did not expect to blog again so soon after the last missive…. however, our visit to Napier coincided with theirĀ annual Art Deco weekend and they sureĀ put on a show to remember!

Few words. Lots of pictures. Historic NZ town.

On Tuesday 3 February 1931 Napier, in common with most of the Hawke’s Bay district, suffered a disastrous earthquake 2.5 minutes in length. The earthquake rocked the town almost totally levelling all buildings in the inner city, killing 162 people (a total of 258 in the Hawke’s Bay area), and raising some areas of land by as much as 8 feet. Some 4,000 hectares of sea-bed became dry land and today this sites not only the airport, but also residential and industrial property developments. The extensive rebuilding that took place in the 1930’s is the reason for the Art Deco flavour in the City. SOURCE: City of Napier website.

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If you are even remotely into Art Deco, go to Napier… forget Miami!

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