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Art Deco Trust

#16 of 49 Tours in Napier
Napier, New Zealand
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About Art Deco Trust
The Art Deco Centre is your gateway to Napier's heritage and a visit to this city isn't complete without learning about the devastating earthquake of 1931 and the remarkable rebuild that was completed in just 22 months.Visit us for information on guided walks, minibus and vintage car tours and to view a fascinating short film on the 1931 earthquake. The Art Deco Centre is filled Art Deco style giftware and homewares including hats, jewellery, retro children's toys and so much more.Make the Art Deco Centre your first port of call on your next visit to Napier. “Choosing a tour with Art Deco Trust helps to preserve Napier’s Art Deco heritage”
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Julie wrote a review Sep 2021
Franz Josef, New Zealand53 contributions23 helpful votes
We discovered the fascinating story of Napier’s heritage with the Art Deco trust's walking tour. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide gave us an insight into the history of Napier and the characteristics of the Art Deco style of architecture. We would have missed many features without this experience. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Response from ArtDecoTrust, Manager at Art Deco Trust
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. All of our guides are volunteers and enjoy sharing their knowledge and passion with our visitors. Your tour has helped the Art Deco Trust to continue with our preservation goals. Thank you
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WallyS04 wrote a review Jul 2021
Canberra, Australia84 contributions35 helpful votes
This was a very informative walking tour. Starts with a short video about the earthquake which impacted Napier and resulted in many buildings in Napier being rebuilt in the Art Deco style. Then a tour of the main Art Deco buildings in the town. The walk is leisurely paced, mostly on flat surfaces and not too far. Excellent too if you want to learn about the different Art Deco styles. The Art Deco Trust has a number of Art Deco items for sale - the proceeds of which assist in maintaining the Art Deco heritage. Definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from ArtDecoTrust, Manager at Art Deco Trust
Responded Jul 3, 2021
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.
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BOMIWA wrote a review Jun 2021
44 contributions17 helpful votes
A fun and knowledgeable tour. Includes a short doco about the history. Very interesting. Also took photos with period clothes, that was fun. Lovely generous people who care about their town and community. Recommended.
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Response from ArtDecoTrust, Manager at Art Deco Trust
Responded Jun 30, 2021
Thank you so much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour with us. All of our guides and shop staff are volunteers who are passionate about Napier and our Art Deco heritage. Thank you.
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rajNapier wrote a review Jun 2021
Napier21 contributions4 helpful votes
"There is always more to learn about the history of Napier and its iconic Art Deco buildings," was the over riding feeling I had at the conclusion of our tour with Tony. Having been in Tourism for nearly 20 years as an accommodation provider we have experienced the walking tours, seen the videos and read a great deal as we need to be informed for our own guests. Tony, however added so much more. It was such an amazing and informative tour. One and a half hours of fun and history. I cannot recommend it enough. PS it was also fun to go dressed for the occasion!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from ArtDecoTrust, Manager at Art Deco Trust
Responded Jun 17, 2021
Thank you Rayma for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour with Tony, we will be sure to let him know! We look forward to sharing our story with your guests.
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SophieAM wrote a review Apr 2021
Thames, New Zealand5 contributions3 helpful votes
The short film was very informative and our guide was pleasant but the tour lacked depth and seemed centred around looking at the information boards that are readily available for everyone to look at for free! Perhaps better to go in the morning when you can enter the foyers of some of the buildings if you’re very keen, as although many buildings were pointed out I did not see or find out anything of interest other than what I was able to observe walking along Emerson and Tennyson without a guide! I certainly won’t be recommending this tour!
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Response from ArtDecoTrust, Manager at Art Deco Trust
Responded Apr 12, 2021
Hi Sophie I am sorry that you did not enjoy your tour with us. I will be discussing this with the guide you had as the tour should not be centred around the boards and has a lot of stories and depth of history. I appreciate your feedback, thank you.
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