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Hawke's Bay art & culture
Hawke's Bay art & culture

Hawke’s Bay Art & Culture

Art Deco Napier

The 1931 earthquake, and subsequent fires, destroyed much of Napier’s commercial centre. With reconstruction financed by the Government and an ‘Earthquake Relief Fund’, the city’s four leading architectural practices were commissioned to rebuild the city.
By the end of the decade, Napier was a ‘new’ city showcasing the architectural styles of the day. At that time, Art Deco was the height of fashion. With little surface decoration, Art Deco was a safe option and because stucco relief detail was used, it was also an economical way to beautify buildings during the Great Depression. Other styles included Stripped Classical and Spanish Mission.
Nowhere else in the world can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s in such a concentrated area.
There are numerous guided and self-guided tours that can be taken around the area, and the annual Art Deco weekend, held on the 3rd full weekend of February, is an event not to be missed. Details can be found here.

Art Deco Hastings

In addition to Napier nearby Hastings also enjoys significant art deco architecture.

Hawke’s Bay Theatre and Music

Local venues offer everything from amateur dramatics to international artists. Further information can be found here - Hawke's Bay Opera House; Napier Municipal Theatre.
A number of local wineries also put on some superb concerts showcasing international artists. Most notable among these are the Mission Estates Concerts (click here for details) and those held at Black Barn (click here). We are located less than 30 minutes from Mission Estate and 10 minutes from Black Barn.

Maori History / Culture in Hawke’s Bay

Private and group tours are available in the local area to allow you to explore the rich cultural history of New Zealand’s indigenous population, the Maori. We work with a number of local tour groups to allow you to respectfully spend time with the Ngati Kahungunu people and talk about their culture, hear their stories, myths and legends.
Please contact us if you would like further information.