While I was back in NZ, my mum decided to take a couple of days off work so we could go on a road trip up the North Island. We decided to go to Napier, because my uncle and aunty live up there, so we could visit them at the same time.
|A postcard design for Napier.|
We made it to Napier late Thursday afternoon. If you don't know much about Napier, it's a beautiful city on the east cost of the North Island of New Zealand. Napier is well-known for having suffered a terrible magnitude 7.8 earthquake on February 3rd, 1931. 256 people were killed, and most of the buildings in the city were destroyed either by the quake itself, or the many fires which broke out. The city was gradually rebuilt, and today it is home to some of the world's best examples of 1930's Art Deco architecture. Like most kiwi cities, it has an easily walkable town centre with some beautiful cafes and good shopping options, and there's a good range of tourist attractions, including the New Zealand Wine Centre, and the National Aquarium of New Zealand, and the lovely statue of Pania of the Reef. Being in the sunny Hawkes Bay region, Napier also has a great range of wineries which you can visit for great wine-tastings and delicious food!
|Napier, devastated after the 1931 earthquake.|
|Napier today - an Art Deco capital of the world.|
|The County Hotel, Napier.|
|The restored lobby of the County Hotel.|
|The hotel restaurant, where breakfast was served each morning.|
|More stunning Art Deco sights in Napier.|
|An interesting set up.|
|Thought I'd take a stab at it...|
It was a fantastic trip, and I'm so grateful to my mum for taking the time off work to go there. It made for a lot of nice memories, and a fun break for both of us. If you're looking for a beautiful place to spend some time in the North Island, I recommend Napier by all means!
|An old Rothmans cigarette factory in the Art Deco style.|