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.