Emporium Bar | © Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Emporium Bar | © Art Deco Masonic Hotel

Risen out of the ashes of a devastating 1931 earthquake, Napier is a sun-drenched city famous for its pristine Art Deco architecture and surrounded by an abundance of Hawke’s Bay wineries.  Over 90% of the buildings in Napier were razed by that earthquake, but fortunately the rebuilding of this ruined city coincided with a prevailing style of sunbeams and opulence and ethereal motifs. This bold and optimistic Art Deco ethos has come to define the city, extending to the people of Napier who seem influenced by the confident, carefree attitudes of the Roaring Twenties.

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High-end dinning is on offer in this coastal city at Pacifica, but within a refreshingly relaxed and endearing setting. New Zealand’s familial, unpretentious and welcoming spirit abounds in this restaurant, set in a weathered beach bungalow.

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