Napier / New Zealand
Napier, the coastal town on Hawke's Bay, located on the North Island of New Zealand, was founded around 1850 and named after an English officer.
For a long time it was the center of the area, until the region was shaken by a devastating earthquake in 1931. The city was then almost completely destroyed and the seabed was raised, resulting in 40 km² of new territory on the coast.
The present-day Napier was completely redesigned immediately after the natural catastrophe of architects and rebuilt within a comparatively short time in the new Art Deco style.
The buildings built in Art Deco style, with their magnificent facades, represent one of the city 's main attractions. Worth mentioning are among them the Daily Telegraph Building in the Tendyson Street, the A&B building whose dome has become a landmark for ASB Bank in Emerson Street, but also the Rothmans Building in the Ahuriri district, which was founded on the new ground created by the earthquake.
Another attraction is the Marine Parade, which runs directly by the sea, which attracts with sightseeing attractions such as a mini-golf course, a roller-skating rink or even pretty garden facilities.On the corner of the waterside promenade to Herschell Street awaits visitors the Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum. Maoric culture and city history are offered here.
If you are interested in the local flora and fauna, you shold visit the Nocturnal Wildlife Center, visit the Pacific underwater world at the Hawke's Bay Aquarium or attend a performance by trained dolphins at Marineland.