New Zealand North Island

Why Napier is the Art Deco capital of the world

Napier is a rather small town in New Zealand’s North Island. There’s not that much exciting about it, except for the beautiful Art Deco architecture. Therefore, I was quite surprised when I was about to book a hostel several weeks before our planned stay and there were absolutely no available rooms. When we arrived to New Zealand, I found out that we accidentally scheduled our visit of Napier for the most important weekend in the whole year, The Art Deco Weekend.

Art Deco is a design style that became popular after the International Exposition de Arts Moderness Decoratifs et Industriels in Paris in 1925. Napier City Center was rebuilt in the Art Deco style after a strong earthquake destroyed the city in 1931. It is still regarded the most tragic natural disaster in New Zealand.

Looking on the bright side, Napier is now a fascinating window into the 1920s-1940s world. If you want to feel like in The Great Gatsby, grab a vintage dress, parasol, cloche hat and gloves, and head to Napier during The Art Deco Weekend.

Why Napier is the Art Deco capital of the world



  • Reply Inger

    Seems like it wasn’t too bad after all going to Napier during Art Deco Weekend. Looks pretty awesome judging from the photos:) Did you take part in the event? I love that style!

    October 17, 2015 at 05:23
    • Reply Patricia

      It wasn’t bad at all. I totally loved it. I hope that when I will be 60+ I’ll be also so cool as all the cute elderly ladies with their hats, umbrellas and retro dresses. I would love to participate, but since I only learnt about the event when we arrived to New Zealand, I didn’t have any appropriate clothes or accessories. Next time! :)

      October 18, 2015 at 20:49

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