New Year’s Road Trip Stop 3 Part 1: Napier itself

Napier is the hub of the Hawkes Bay region. It sits on a tranquil bit of ocean…

and is famous for its Art Deco buildings. The buildings are all in the same style because all the old ones were flattened in an earthquake in 1936.

Over the years, they’ve really embraced the Art Deco brand. There’s a big festival in February, you can take guided tours in vintage cars, and no civic detail is overlooked…

We stayed in a nice enough motel right on the beachside boulevard…

Overall, a nice place to go back and spend a week, maybe? But it was kinda hot and flat and after you see the attractions (next post), maybe there isn’t really much to do there.

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