Art Deco Weekend, Napier, New Zealand

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Located in the Hawkes Bay region on the eastern coast of New Zealand, Napier is a popular destination that is chock-full of Art Deco buildings, shopping and events — so much so that its locals and tourists often refer to it as the “Art Deco Capital of the World.”

The city’s largest annual event, the TREMAINS Art Deco Weekend, will take place Feb. 19-23 this year and will include more than 200 events, various displays of 1920s and ’30s cars, trains and planes, and a Gatsby-inspired picnic. Festival-goers from all over the world will fill the streets dressed in era-appropriate attire to wine, dine, dance and celebrate all things Art Deco.

From walking tours and train rides to operas and black tie balls, this must-see event offers something for attendees of all ages. Champagne brunches, Jitterbug dance lessons and Prohibition-era jazz clubs are also on the list of scheduled events for the weekend. Note: Ticket prices vary for each event, and some events are free of charge. Visit the ticketing site for pricing and information.

Travelers will be greeted by the beautiful landscape views of the countryside and ocean that surround Napier, which is accessible by plane, train, car and boat. For those wanting to get the full experience of Art Deco Weekend, reserve an airport pick-up in a vintage car and stay at the iconic Art Deco Masonic Hotel. The 42-room hotel is equipped with modern hotel amenities and an Art Deco ambiance with some of the rooms opening up to balconies with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. In addition, the hotel’s newest restaurant, Emporium Eatery & Bar, mixes classic Art Deco décor with modern vibes, providing guests and locals alike with an enjoyable dining experience. 

 

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2 Responses

  1. DBCoop says:

    Napier, New Zealand is Art Deco paradise, a mecca for all lovers of the period. Downtown is one Art Deco gem after another and tours of private homes can be arranged.

    One small downside — the rare but fairly powerful earthquakes that rock the landscape. Thankfully my last visit was only filled with wonderful sights and not a hint of shaking.

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