Napier holds the greatest little show on earth every February to celebrate Napier's Art Deco heritage, and I was fortunate to be able to attend the 25th anniversary weekend in February with 5 friends. We had such a ball last year that we had to return so we could pinch ourselves and see if it could get any better - and guess what ? It did. We were invited to ride in a grand old 1931 Chrysler ( one which actually survived the disastrous 1931 Napier earthquake) . Everyone in the cars and on the street was dressed in 1930's costume, and we participated in so many other events over the weekend from the Depression Dinner, to the Gatsby Picnic, held on the Marine Parade Gardens, from concerts by the New Zealand Navy brass band, to jazz bands, jitterbug and tango in the streets, cocktail-enders at the Napier Club, walks, talks and much much more - so many activities to suit all tastes.
Napier is the Art Deco capital of New Zealand - but don't miss Hastings either.
So, if you're thinking of going in a group you'll need costumes, hats, gloves, shoes, feathers, sequins, dinner suits, plus fours and all the pink gin you can cope with. But if you can't be bothered carrying it with you - everything is for hire once you reach Napier. But beware - book everything well in advance - especially accommodation.
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