In some respects, Napier is lost somewhere in the 1930s. In 1931, a devastating earthquake levelled Napier, but its subsequent development during the Art Deco movement is beautifully evident today. It was developed in the finest style; many of its buildings still survive today, making the town a key attraction for architects, designers and planning-buffs from across the globe.
With a pleasantly warm climate, the area is also home to the country's oldest wineries including the Mission Estate, which was founded in 1858 by French Catholic missionaries, who made the most of the fine grape- growing conditions.
Top itineraries in Napier
With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.
From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.
With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.
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