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Art Deco in the rain

When we arrive in Napier - after a fairly hairy drive in the driving rain and mist along a winding mountain road - it's raining and most people hunker down in the hostel, Archie's Bunker, to play board games and take advantage of the massive tv screen and huge amount of dvds (somehow the girls...

permalink written by  LizIsHere on March 26, 2010 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: New Zealand & Australia 2010



Hawke's Bay

As the readers of our blog probably have picked up on, both of us are very much ‘last minute planners’ so decisions about where to go, where to stay and where to eat are usually made about 30 minutes before it will happen. We have some free maps in the car that we had picked up at tourist...

permalink written by  Victoria & Robert on March 23, 2010 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: The rest of the world



Chillin' in Hawke's Bay

Chillin' in Hawke's Bay and sressin' on the coast highway... Everyone needs to take a break, even when they're travelling, and find a sanctuary for some solitude and sense of space. It was a 'no brainer' to choose Victoria's sister city, Napier, renown for its Art Deco architecture, as the...

permalink written by  Shane & Norma on June 15, 2009 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: "Not Just Another Rugby Tour" - New Zealand, Samoa and Australia



The World's Most Boring Blog Post

Quite fitting for a post about a town who's only claim to fame is that it got flattened by an earthquake in the early 30's and rebuilt itself according to the hideous art deco style of the time. Famous for being ugly. Now there's a tourist attraction a few people I know could exploit.

permalink written by  Koala Bear on February 28, 2009 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: Tiny Little NZ Road Trip



Ghost town

Had a fairly long drive up the east coast yesterday to Napier, a city that was flattened by an earthquake in 1931, and has subsequently reinvented itself as "the world's leading art deco city" as a result of the rebuilding style. I don't know whether they're expecting another earthquake...

permalink written by  phileasdogg on December 14, 2008 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: Planes, Trains & Taxiwallahs



Famous last words

June 11 Since December Hawkes Bay has had only 1 or 2 days of rain and is experiencing quite a bad drought. This is a little wierd micro climate of New Zealand. As a break from all the wind and rain we decided to make the 2 hour journey over there and check out the town. On the way there it...

permalink written by  James & Tracey on June 11, 2007 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: James & Tracey World Tour



Art Deco City

"Something different" was our plan, so after Wellington we decided that we would take a break from scenery and lakes, and city living and hikes etc... and headed out to a small town called Napier. Napier is set on the East Coast of the North Island, and is a remarkable place in its own right....

permalink written by  Priya&Tim on March 13, 2007 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: Cheeky Round The World Trip



Once upon a time in Hobbiton.....

Once upon a time on a cold and rainy day three young hobbits decided to visit some old friends. So Tayling Tubbleweed, Ezzabel Buttercup and Murphington Meadowflower skipped along a lane, round some corners and over a bridge. One they got to the shire, they found that it was a beautiful day....

permalink written by  Murph, Tay, Colly and Erin on August 16, 2006 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: The Smug Adventures Down Under



Pardon you!

One thing you cannot fail to notice about Rotorua, is it's eggy aroma. The stench hits you the minute you arrive. This isn't because it's inhabitants eat too many baked beans, it is due to the fact that it is built on one of the world's most geothermally active areas. A walking tour lead us...

permalink written by  Murph, Tay, Colly and Erin on August 13, 2006 from Napier, New Zealand
from the travel blog: The Smug Adventures Down Under



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