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Napier City

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  • Day81


    December 11, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Heute waren wir in Napier. Das ist ein kleiner Ort am Meer, der vor fast 100 Jahren von einem Erdbeben und Feuer zerstört wurde und danach im Art Déco Stil wieder aufgebaut wurde. Die Häuser sind ziemlich schön und der Ort hat eine angenehme Atmosphäre. Wir waren auch noch kurz am Wasser und auf dem Bluff Hill und haben von dort auf den Hafen runtergeguckt.Read more

  • Day272


    March 10, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Napier ist eine gemütliche kleine Stadt, und vor allem für Weinliebhaber interessant. Da wir nicht die größten Weinfans sind 🤷🏼‍♀️ gibt es für uns hier nicht sehr viel zu entdecken. Es ist außerdem die Art Déco Stadt Neuseelands. Da wir zudem noch Kunstbanausen sind, war auch das leider kein Highlight für uns. Da die Stadt eigentlich ganz schön ist, kommen kultiviertere Menschen hier bestimmt auf ihre Kosten. 😉

    Wir fanden vor allem die Ampeln sehr witzig (s. Foto). Wir spazieren an der Promenade direkt am Meer entlang und schlendern durch die Innenstadt bevor wir uns auf die vierstündige Fahrt nach Wellington machen.
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  • Day65

    Napier: tout Art Déco

    March 9, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Départ ensoleillé hier soir du petit port de Taurenga. La sirène, la musique, un monde fou sur le pont et un petit verre, tout était présent pour dire adieu à cette très accueillante petite ville balnéaire.

    Départ suivi du second concert de Magalie qui va nous quitter à Sydney, et c'est bien dommage.

    Ce matin, arrivée un peu tardive à Napier avec un bordel (!!!) pas possible sur le quai. Depuis le départ, jamais nous n'avions vu une telle pagaille, et pourtant on en a vu!

    Peu importe, on a réussi à prendre l'une des premières navettes qui nous déposaient en centre ville. Très étonnante cette ville. Il faut dire qu'elle a totalement été détruite dans les années 30 et entièrement reconstruite dans le style Art Déco. Miami en Nouvelle Zélande.

    Pas fous les gars, tout est aujourd'hui tourné vers cette période: les maisons certes, mais également des voitures, les souvenirs (robes, chapeaux...), et le reste. Celà donne une ambiance très sympatique et si vous avez 100 € à lâcher, vous pouvez faire un petit tour de ville dans une voiture d'époque, cheveux au vent ou sous un canotier.
    Nous nous sommes contentés d'une grande ballade dans ces rues étonnantes. Des murs roses, bleus, jaunes... Toute la palette des couleurs pastels y passe. C'est très gai et donne envie de boire un verre à la terrasse d'un bar, ce que nous avons fait.

    Et puis un tour sur la plage. Large et longue, elle ne présente que deux défauts: elle est constituée de gravier (voire des galets) presque noirs, donc pas très confortables. Et puis la mer, pourtant calme, arrive sur le rivage avec d'énormes rouleaux peu engageant.

    Au terme de la promenade, j'ai récupéré une grande valise achetée plus tôt. Pratique dans la rue!
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  • Day47

    Napier Art Deco Festival

    February 22, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Fantastic annual event, originally to honour victims of the 1931 earthquake that destroyed Napier. The town was rebuilt to reflect that era, deco buildings and art deco festival. Great vibe, as virtually everyone plays the part by dressing up at least a little. Many are totally into it. Live music in the streets and bandshell by the beach, classic car rally, soap box races, marching bands, air show, Gatsby picnic, name it. Great people time!Read more

  • Day72

    Napier-Marine Parade & National Aquarium

    February 20, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    The Napier area has been settled since around the 12th century. James Cook visited the area in 1769. In the 1830’s, whalers established a trading post. In 1931, the city was levelled by a 7.9 earthquake. 258 people died and the town was now 40 square km larger, as the earthquake heaved sections of what was once a lagoon, 2 m above sea level. The city was rebuilt and ended up being the most uniformly art-deco cities in the world.

    We drove into town, thinking that we would just stroll on the lovely seaside avenue but the start of an Art Deco Festival was in progress so we saw more than just the seaside.

    Marine Parade is an elegant promenade. Standing on the walkway, we could see the turquoise Pacific Ocean in front of us, and in the distance we could see the dramatic curve of Cape Kidnappers on one side and the high Bluff Hill on the other side. Behind us, there was a “treasure trove of architectural delights”, all painted in soft, pastel tones.

    You can walk or cycle about 3 km on the promenade. There are lovely sunken gardens with lots of places to sit and read. The I-site (information) is located here as well as a free mini-golf course, a skate-park, a swim centre and a bandshell. Huge Norfolk Island pines line the avenue. It is very attractive.

    We walked down the road to the National Aquarium of New Zealand and did a little tour of this modern stingray-shaped building. It's home to a wide range of saltwater, freshwater and land animal exhibits from New Zealand and around the world.

    We especially the 1.5 million litre Oceanarium which showcased the fish that exist in Hawke Bay, including shark, stingray and other reef fish. We stood on a moving ramp and entered a underwater viewing tunnel with fish all around us.
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  • Day73

    Memorial Flying Displays

    February 21, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The Art Deco Festival continues but we really don’t want to be part of the huge crowds that are visiting the town. We found it hard to find parking there on Thursday when things were starting up. And we got a parking ticket. Today, with the big opening and the 20,000 anticipated visitors it will be a challenge.

    We did want to see the Airshow though, so we went and parked close to the Aquarium. The whole seaside was packed with new and old cars and campervans! But it was civil...

    We have a small car and snuck it in beside a bigger car. Perfect. A 20 second walk to the viewing area. Haha.

    We spread my sarong on the grass and sat down with hundreds of picnickers dressed in 1920’s clothing to wait for the show. And what a show it was!

    The old war planes could be heard before we could see them and what a wonderful display of flying skills! You had to be there though. The photos don’t do it justice.
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  • Day47

    Blubb blubb

    October 14, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    Frauchen... von allen Tieren im Aquarium hast du nur Pinguine fotografiert. Was ist mit den Kiwis? Ach, da war es zu dunkel, verstehe. Aber hast recht, die Pingus sind auch süß. - Aegon

  • Day22

    Notable Napier

    February 11, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    A lovely morning visit to the town of Napier - almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in the modernist style of the day - Art Deco. We took a small tour with one of the town’s Art Deco experts who gave us an interesting history of the town both pre and post earthquake. It seems the ground was raised by 2 metres, and a huge area of new land was created from a shallow lagoon and swamp area. Some fabulous buildings including the Daily Telegraph and National Tobacco Company.

    On our return we joined a Q&A session with the singers and dancers and had a backstage tour of the theatre. Question from an audience member to the cast: ‘Can you tell us the topics Holland America does not allow you to discuss with the passengers?’ Duh...

    It was very hot today and we were glad to get back on board to the AC. Jean was asked by a helpful crew member if she was going to the dining room for a late lunch and was heard to reply: ‘No, I’m dining on my balcony!’ Hopefully there was no forced laughter! (Ken and Bill - you’ll recognise that).
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  • Day57


    November 2, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    We hed a great few days aside Sheila and Mike in Napier. Dey took wis on a tour o Hawkes Bay, went various plice including view points, a market and much more. We visited numerous winerys and learnt a lot more aboot wine dan just pouring it and drinking😂 🍇🍷. We enjoyed meeting some o da family and da hom cooking- YUM. Finally we went ta dir neighbour Jack's ta watch da All Blacks play Ireland, All Blacks lost ta Ireland fur da first time ever... we said we most o been bad luck. 🏈
    We can't thank dem enough, see you nixt July 😉x
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  • Day17


    February 13, 2020 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Finally, I even made it to Napier, which had not been planned at all. Since the rest of the group all stayed in Napier, I spontaneously asked Denise, our tour guide and driver, if she could also take me to Napier instead of back to Hastings and booked a seat on the last Intercity Bus from Napier to Hastings at 7:35 p.m.. So, I could at least explore Napier for 1.5 hours. What a good decision! Napier is way nicer than Hastings! Other than Hastings it is located directly at the Pacific coast which gives the town a completely different atmosphere. Furthermore, Napier that had been completely destroyed by an earthquake in the 1930s is famous for its art deco-buildings. The mayor at that time even had brought foreign architects to Napier to rebuild the city in art deco style. I enjoyed the short time in Napier😊Read more

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