Art Deco

Far from the European and American cities where 20th century design evolved, lies a small city that is unique. Napier was rebuilt in the early 1930s following a massive earthquake which destroyed its commercial heart. Nowhere else in New Zealand can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of this era.

The jazz age styles of striped classical, Spanish mission and, above all, art deco make Napier's architecture unique. It also reflects the indigenous Maori culture in its motifs, and features the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Chicago School in the buildings of local architect Louis Hay.

The Art Deco Trust operates a variety of guided walking tours on a daily basis. Self-guided walks or self-drive tours are additional options and the Trust provides informative maps. 

For more information about Napier's art deco architecture visit the art deco website.