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Art Deco Weekend – Napier, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Last weekend my parents and I went up to Napier in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; for the bi-annual Art Deco Weekend.


Napier, was rebuilt in the early 1930s following a massive Richter 7.8 earthquake, subsequent fires destroyed most of its commercial heart. By the end of the decade, Napier was the newest city on the globe. Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century – in such a concentrated area. And Napier’s Art Deco is unique, with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

Art Deco weekend is a fun celebration of all things art deco, with loads of fun events. We enjoyed the vintage car rally, the Great Gatsby Picnic and generally wandering around and soaking up the wonderful atmosphere; people get really into it, great fun to be part of!

our friends in their ‘Life of’ Riley
gold plated interior anyone?
the view from our hotel room
Mum looking glam
You can also enjoy my visit to the Great Gatsby Picnic


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  • Reply donna baker February 26, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Looks like a blast! I’m jealous about the weather. We are having a tough winter up here. Love your blog.

  • Reply Who Lives in a house like this? February 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    WOW the Art Deco weekend looks amazing! Love the vintage cars, I think all the british cars with our weather have rusted to the ground by now! Lovely Blog by the way!

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