Some Highlights of the great Napier and Hastings region
NAPIER and HASTINGS feature ART DECO architecture through their central business districts. Art Deco style may be found in many places around the world but nowhere in the manner it is represented here.
Because of the earthquake and massive lift of land the rivers of the region changed their courses to the ocean. Where previously there were rivers, now a dry land mass (mainly seabed) is found which contains many of our fine vineyards. The soil type gives a very special characteristic to the excellent wines that we produce here in Hawkes Bay.
The gateway of the New Zealand's wine industry began here, when the French Missionaries planted the first wine producing grape vines in the country. This is encaptured by the beautiful Mission Estate Winery located right here in Napier.
Napier is also where the country's tobacco industry began. A German gentleman by the name of Gerhard Husheer established The New Zealand Tobacco Company in 1913. This is one of the most beautiful Art Deco buildings of the city.
Maori culture can be found in the Hawkes Bay region as well, with the Otatara Pa (fortress) overlooking the Taradale area and the EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology).
Approximately 25 minutes from Napier (and visible from the Napier foreshore) is the amazing and imposing geological promontory of Cape kidnappers. At the tip of the Cape exists the largest accessible mainland colony of Gannets (Takapu) in the world. This iconic site is a "must do"
With the deeply entrenched Art Deco inspired flavours and history of the area vintage cars play a very important roll. Many Art Deco inspired events lead to dressing in the appropriate style "of the day" and travelling in these beautifully maintained vehicles. Napier is one of the few places in the world where you can experience transportation in this manner.