Nifty Buildings in Napier

Napier Bldg FrontNapier Trust SealNapier, a lovely town situated in the heart of one of NZ’s main wine regions, has become a major tourist center thanks to a general realization that it’s got one of the world’s most concentrated collections of excellent art deco architecture. This is a bit of historical happenstance related to the town’s near-total destruction in a major earthquake in 1931, after which they decided that art deco would be the best combination of both style and cost efficiency, given the need for a lot of rebuilding real fast. One of the only pre-earthquake buildings still standing is the public trust office, on which lives the coat of arms shown at left, and which is depicted in its full glory down below. As you see  below, the streets were still full of christmas decorations when we were there for a too-brief stay. I’d happily go back to Napier for a longer stay, and drink lots of wine :-).
Napier Streets 3Napier Streets 5Napier Streets 4Napier Grand Building Napier Heights Napier Oldest Bldg MaybeNapier House
Napier Signage Napier Streets 1 Napier Streets 2

2 responses

  1. What a beautiful little city! Stylish Christmas decorations too!

    January 31, 2015 at 18:18

  2. Stephen Brockmann

    Did you go into the Kiwi mancave?

    February 15, 2015 at 06:19

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