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Art Deco Trust
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$28.41*
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Private Art Deco Guided Walks
Ranked #11 of 30 Food & Drink in Napier
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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 store is filled with uniquely Napier gifts and souvenirs, as well as Art Deco style 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Excellent staff, excellent gifts and information, loved the period dress. Staff went out of their way to engage but were not pushy.

Thank Graham D
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We paid only a brief visit to Napier in a crowded schedule but it was definitely worth it. It was slightly eerie as we arrived on a beautiful evening about 6pm, all the shops were shut and there was almost no one about, making it seem like an Art Deco ghost town or abandoned film set - but lovely and well cared for. I walked myself around using the abbreviated walk in the Eyewitness guide to New Zealand, which took about 35 minutes, and I recommend this walk if a guided tour is not possible. It took in all the main buildings, though obviously the background information was somewhat sketchy.

There are other art deco buildings, though not so distinguished, to be seen on the main road from Napier to Masterton, if you are driving south.

Thank cleoch
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Napier was rebuilt after a massive earthquake all but destroyed it in 1931. The buildings were in Art Deco, Spanish Mission and Stripped Classical style and many are still ere in all their glory.

We happened to be there for their 25th Art Deco Festival. It was beautifully organised with street parades, dancing in the streets, bands, over 200 beautifully restored vintage cars in town, vintage train rides, airforce planes doing aerobatics, tours of the Art Deco buildings and, above all, the townsfolk and visitors dressed in 1930s clothing. The atmosphere was superb. There were hundreds of activities and shows available each day of the festival.

I strongly recommend going to Napier at this time if you can.

The tours run by the Art Deco Trust are well managed and fascinating. The volunteer guides know their town and make the tours interesting. They have a portable PA system so that you can hear them well.

Thank GEOMelbourne
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The Art Deco weekend in 2013 was an outstanding success and we can highly recommend the weekend to all visitors.

We started with the guided Art Deco walk and this certainly gave us an insight into the period of the rebuilding of the city – we would recommend this excellent walk to any visitor.
We booked for a number of functions and each was of the highest quality and great value for money.

The Art Deco Trust centre is a MUST visit experience as it is huge with quality stock and excellent prices even if you are only looking for the best in postcards.

The 2013 parade was a real highlight with a huge crowd of watchers – exciting, colourful, interesting and above all FREE!

Congratulations – WELL DONE!

Thank Winetourist
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

If you are interested in Art Deco music, fashion, architecture, decor and vehicles you could not have a better experience. The Art Deco weekend on mid February every year is a weekend packed full of events including the most fantastic display of vintage cars, everyone dresses in art deco clothes, there's street entertainment, a picnic you have to see to believe, and for dancers the most fabulous dine and dancing extravaganzas. A unique and unforgettable experience which after 25 years is so well organised you are guaranteed to be impressed. I have heard 25,000 people descend on Napier for this weekend and each year it gets bigger. Book your accommodation early or you will miss out and take 20's and 30's outfits to wear you will stand out if you are not dressed in deco clothes - I love it!

Thank Sarah S
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