Step into the Gatsby Picnic, one of the highlights of Napier’s Art Deco Weekend.
We’ve got you covered for the best accommodation options, which will put you within an easy walking distance of this fantastic event.
The town of Napier in the Hawkes Bay of New Zealand is one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. In 1931 a devastating earthquake rocked the city, destroying the majority of public buildings and Napier was rebuilt in the modern, fashionable style of the time – Art Deco.
Twice a year the city of Napier celebrates this rebirth with Art Deco Weekend, once in summer (February) and again in mid-winter (July). One of the highlights of Art Deco Weekend is the Gatsby Picnic, the perfect excuse to put on your glad rags and pull out the best china; with prizes for the best displays, participants go all out to win – with fabulous results! Tents start being erected at 6am with judging at 1.30pm.
lets get dressed up for the occasion
Marine Parade along the ocean front is the perfect place to promenade
the setting for the picnic is a series of park lawns, surrounded by trees, along the ocean front
Everyone wants to be friends with those who have gazebo
with the best baking on display – delicious!
Everyone makes such an effort with their outfits
and its never too hot for a cup of tea.
even the Art Deco baby doesn’t seem perturbed that he is slightly too big for his pram.
A green glass extravaganza
Everyone is welcome to compete, get in early to grab your preferred spot. Competition for best in show is fierce, so bring out your best tea set,
all your wonderful silver must come out
and of course the picnic basket
the chaps will serenade you
whilst the ladies look fabulous
and everything is low key in the ‘Out of Africa’ tent
If you have the chance to visit Napier for Art Deco weekend, I highly recommend it. There is such a happy buzz in the air and the town puts on such a great show with so many wonderful events, you can’t help but have an amazing time.
To see more of my Art Deco weekend experience, click here
Top Tip: It can be very hot in Napier in Summer, the New Zealand sun is very strong. Chaps wear a hat and leave the tweeds at home, ladies wear a fabulous hat or fascinator and top it off with a parasol, save your furs till the evening!
If you are interested in being part of the Art Deco Weekend, I recommend you book your preferred events and accommodation well ahead of time, as the town books out quickly.
Where to stay:
The following accommodation options will put you within easy walking distance of the action.
The County Hotel a gorgeous historic building, in classical style
The Art Deco Masonic Hotel – the perfect place to embrace all things Art Deco!
The Crown with its mix of traditional & modern architecture
Penthouse living at The Dome with its art deco exterior and cool modern interior
The striking streamlined Te Pania with its epic views of the bay, will have you feeling as if you stepped onto an ocean liner
Prefer to self cater, the very pretty Historic Colenso Cottage hits all the right notes!