Art Deco Experiences
Lonely Planet describes Napier as the ‘charismatic’ New Zealand city that ‘can provoke a Great Gatsby swagger in the least romantic soul’. Visit at any time of the year and you’ll immediately see what the writers mean.
Napier was rebuilt in the early 1930s, following the massive 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake which measured 7.8 on the Richter scale. The new buildings reflected the styles of the times - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and Art Deco – as well as incorporating some unique Maori motifs. What was bold and modern then is heritage chic now, and the city takes pride in protecting and promoting our unique architecture and style.
You can delve into the stories and finest examples of Art Deco by visiting the Art Deco Centre directly opposite the hotel and exploring the shop, taking a guided walking tour or a vintage car tour.
You’ll discover more about the earthquake that brought about Napier’s renaissance in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake exhibition at MTG Hawke’s Bay, also just across the street from Art Deco Masonic Hotel.
If you’re keen to really embrace the Art Deco spirit, there’s no better time to visit Napier than the third weekend of February for the annual Tremains Art Deco Weekend – an extravaganza of elegance celebrating an era of sophistication and an all-important time in Napier’s history. But be sure to book your accommodation at Art Deco Masonic Hotel as soon as you can as the place fills up quickly when over 40,000 people flock to the Art Deco Capital!
Enjoy a Hooters Vintage Car Tour Add-On when making your accommodation booking.