The Art Deco Trust interprets Napier's Art Deco architecture, constructed following the disastrous earthquake of 1931. Guided walks and freedom walks are available and free video screenings are run continuously at the Art Deco Shop. A wide range of publications about the architecture of Napier and nearby Hastings are on sale as well as material about the Art Deco and other early 20th century design movements.
The Art Deco walk provides an insight into art history and the human spirit, as it tells the story of Napier's destruction by earthquake and fire, its reconstruction in the depth of the depression and its rediscovery and preservation in the 1980s and 1990s.
• Art Deco Napier Self Drive Tours
The Art Deco tour map guides you from downtown Napier to historic Ahuriri, through Marewa and on to the Earthquake Memorial Grave at Park Island. It then takes you through the 1930s architecture of Hastings, 20 kilometres away, to Havelock North and Te Mata Peak via wineries and orchards, and back to Napier along the coastal route.
This fascinating drive through beautiful Hawke's Bay countryside is your best general-interest tour route through the Napier/Hastings area. The tour will take from half to one day depending on how many options you choose on the route.
• Art Deco Napier Guided Walking Tours
Take an easy stroll with an accredited guide through the Art Deco quarter in Napier's vibrant city centre. Walks are held twice daily throughout the year, rain or shine. No bookings are necessary.
All walkers receive an informative Art Deco Walk booklet. Complimentary refreshments and a 30-minute audio visual presentation are available afterwards.
Morning walks: One hour long.
Afternoon walks: Two hours long including some interior visits and a 30-minute introductory slide presentation.
Special guided walks can be arranged in advance.
• Marewa Meander
Use the Marewa Meander leaflet to explore domestic Art Deco in Napier's suburb of Marewa.
Discover the house and garden styles of the 1930s and 1940s, built on former swampland raised by the 1931 earthquake.
The Meander takes from one to one-and-a-half hours. The starting point is near the Marewa Shops, just over a kilometre from downtown Napier.