Napier is a city (population 61,000) in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The city is famed for its Art Deco architecture and contains the largest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world. The other main attraction there is wine -- specifically from the wineries in Hawke's Bay, now New Zealand's second-largest wine-producing region behind Marlborough.

From Taupo to Napier

Sheep, Sheep

Road from Taupo to Napier

Tironui Drive

Morning frog

Where we were living.

The 1931 Napier earthquake and subsequent fire destroyed much of the downtown business area. When this area was rebuilt, it was reconstructed in the prevailing Art Deco style. Now it is the Art Deco capital of the world. The demolition rubble was dumped along the eastern foreshore and turned into gardens and a recreational reserve.

Downtown Street

Small but wonderful balcony

What is a home looks like.

Seaside of Napier

The earthquake also raised the land by several meters. The airport and low-lying land in the industrial land of Onekawa and Pandora, and the suburbs of Pirimai and Tamatea were previously estuary. Some of the streets in the area have retained the names they had when they were on the coastline - streets called a quay or a bay may be inland now.
The nearby township of Taradale has the region's oldest and most famous wineries that host concerts during the summer seasons.

Another perfect day

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