Art Deco City

Napier had to be completely rebuilt after it was demolished by the massive 1931 earthquake. The city is now renowned for being the “Art Deco Capital” due to the immense number of buildings with the art deco influence as it was the architecture of the time. Napier is a beautiful city with no obtrusive high rises which makes for spectacular views over the city to Cape Kidnappers from look out points such as Bluff Hill.

Napier’s water front, Marine Parade also features beautiful art deco designs for the community and visitors to enjoy such as the Sound Shell where there are often events / concerts held and the fountains which at the time represented a dawn of a new, modern age.

Twice each year Napier has an Art Deco festival where you will feel like you have travelled back in time. You will see 1930’s clad people, vintage cars, steam train, tea parties in the gardens, dancing at the sound shell and many more great activities.

This wonderful city can be taken in all year round by a walking tour with the Art Deco Trust where you can learn all about the amazing history behind each of the buildings.

Tours go twice daily year round and cost $16 – $21 per adult.


After almost 20 years, Snapper Holiday Park changed its name to Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels. With the new name it will be more obvious that the park is a member of Kiwi Holiday Parks.


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