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Introducing Napier

The Napier of today is the silver lining of the dark cloud that was one of NZ’s worst natural disasters. Rebuilt after the deadly 1931 earthquake in the popular styles of the time, the city retains a unique concentration of art-deco buildings to which architecture obsessives flock from all over the world. Don’t expect the Chrysler Building – Napier’s art deco is resolutely low-rise – but you will find intact 1930s streetscapes, which can provoke a Great Gatsby swagger in the least romantic soul.

For the layperson it’s a charismatic, sunny, composed city with the air of an affluent English seaside resort about it.