Art Deco Highlights of Napier
Duration: 3 hours
Tour Code: NPE-002
Departing by coach from the pier, you will travel to historic Ahuriri, affectionately known as The Port where Napier began. In 1931, the towns of Hastings and Napier were severely rocked by an earthquake; it was this same earthquake that led to a unique rebuilding at the same time the Art Deco concept was flourishing in the U.S. and Europe. As a result, Napier is endowed with a splendid heritage of Art Deco buildings.
A brief photo stop will first be made at the National Tobacco Company Building, and from there it's on to Marewa, Napier's Art Deco suburb where you'll have an opportunity to view many of the unique private homes and gardens that comprise this charming neighborhood.
From here, you will travel back along Marine Parade with its stately Norfolk Pine trees to the Art Deco Shop. Following an informative 20-minute film presentation, your local guide will lead you on a leisurely half-mile stroll through Napier's Art Deco Quarter where you will see up close its eclectic mix of 1920s and 1930s buildings in the Spanish Mission, Stripped Classical and, above all, Art Deco styles. Interior visits to the old AMP Building and the ASB Bank are also included in this guided walk.
The guided portion of your tour will conclude back at the Art Deco Shop and from there your coach will transfer you back to the ship.
Please note: This tour consists of approximately 1 hour of walking and may not be considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. The order of sites may vary. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.