Sculpture in front of Tourist Information Center.
Napier was destroyed in the 1931 earthquake. The city was rebuilt by 1933 in the art deco style of the times. This style has been preserved.
A most unique touring cycle.
The gold scupture is a Kowhai Seed Pod.
The Naval Ship Veronica was the city's only means of communication after the 1931 quake. This park is dedicated to the ship.
The reflection caught my eye.
Tours in the old cars are quite popular.
The art deco relief on this buidling is in the Maori signature style.
This arrangement changes with the seasons and events (i.e. Valentine's Day, Easter, Big Soccer Match, etc.).
Napier shopping street.
This sculpture is known as "A Wave In Time, Sheila and Raven". Sheila supposedly lead the first parade after the city was rebuilt.
The little boy is watching the parade and waving at Sheila. He was added recently.
Example of the tile mosaic on the octagonal seats along the shopping street.
Street placque chronicling the sequence of events between the quake and the rebuild.
Example of art deco on the buildings.
Many of the buildings used stained glass, colored granite and tin metal ceilings in their art deco designs.
One of the few buildings that survived the 1931 earthquake.
What a great way to use this Thoreau quote.
Many of the buildings have the date they were built on them. This one was built by and Irishman symbolized by the shamrock.
This was Napier newspaper building originally. Today it the location of a real estate company.
People come out to greet the visitors dressed in 1930s clothing.
More locals. They were only too happy to have their picture taken. Art Deco is Napier's niche in tourism.
Hawkes Bay Museum and Art Gallery.
Another building that survived the 1931 earthquake.
This was the only place in New Zealand to manufacture cigarettes. It is closed.
Entrance to Mission Estate Winery established in 1851.
Mission Estates hosts concerts on their grounds. Each visiting performer has a special label created for them.
Eric Clapton, who does not drink anymore, threatened not to perform unless they got rid of his label.
Mission Estates tasting room.
Vineyards of Mission Estate.
Back of Mission Estates' main building.
Dining area of the winery.
Caught my eye as I went up the stairs.
We stumbled into a room setup for a wedding.
What a great way to organize pictures.
Interesting way to display guest seating.
Event room... the room is set for a wedding.
Thought this was unique.
Entrance to the Maori Marae. At this point visitors plan their approach, what will be said, who will sing, etc.
Only picture allowed in the Wharenui-Communal House. Left statues are ancestors. Right statues are canoes that brought people to New Zealand. Jawbones of 50 year old whale is front center.
The pictures and murals on the walls of the Hina Taranga, Dining Hall, depict the tribe's life in Hawkes Bay.
The placque honoring the Maoris who served in the army.
The spiral trees on the left are the apple orchards. The pictures to the right are the wheat and grapes growing in the area.
The picture to the left represents the tragedy brought to the community when a meat packing plant closed and 3,000 jobs were lost. The picture on right represents the idea of job diversification.
The mural is a living depiction of the tribe. The shovel was added recently when it was discovered this man was a farmer.
This mural shows the Maori arriving and working the land.