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Art Deco Trust
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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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 10, 2014

We did a one hour walking tour of the art deco buildings and enjoyed every second of it. The tour guide was great and loved his job as a guide.

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Art Deco Trust run a number of tours from self-guided walks and bike trails, to guided walks, vintage car and mini bus tours so you won’t be stuck for choice.

To highlight the benefit of taking a tour we wandered around Napier town centre on our own for a while not quite sure of what we were observing and then retraced our steps with a guide shortly afterwards who provided enlightenment. We did a 1 hour walking tour which cost $17 per adult and departs from the iSite building - it ends with a 20 minute film about the 1931 earthquake and a refreshing cuppa!

Our guide was one of a number of local volunteer ladies and was fairly quiet spoken but knowledgeable and we benefited by staying close to her as we walked around (one or two others in our group of roughly 12 people seemed happy enough to linger behind taking photos).

The town centre was destroyed by fire following the earthquake in 1931 and was quickly rebuilt in the style of the time - Art Deco - so this isn’t an attempt to create a themed attraction in Las Vegas fashion - it’s the genuine article! We were surprised to find that the townspeople hadn’t just jumped on the bandwagon in recent years and started modifying buildings to look like Art Deco structures, they are original. (There are 140 of the original 164 building erected between 1920 and 1940 still standing and consequently it represents a high concentration of Art Deco structures still existing in international terms).

Our guide pointed out the various Art Deco styles which we began to recognise ourselves, including some New Zealand twists on the theme. She also provided a little background to some of the people involved at the time and to present day (some owners have restored interiors of building to reflect how they would have looked and permit visitors to view at times). Decorative features on the buildings and even on the pavements were highlighted which we previously failed to see amongst the modern day signage, etc.

The short tour was well worth the time spent and at least we went away with an appreciation of what the place is all about.

Thank Rantin rover
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Wow what helpful, informative ladies. Got exactly the information we needed and all with a smile. Thank you.

Thank nr0we
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

This guided tour around the art deco buildings starts with a short talk and film. You then walk around the centre of town to look at, and sometimes go inside, some of the buildings.

The guide helpfully pointed out which ones were worth coming back to on our own to have a look inside.When we did so the shopkeepers office staff etc: were most welcoming

I was not expecting to be very interested but found it fascinating

Thank EssexRichard
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

We started on a one hour walking tour which was very informative and well guided. We ended up at the Art Deco shop. What a treasure trove of Art Deco things to buy. Very helpful staff and well set up to ship direct to UK and other places. A must if you are in Napier

Thank graham646464
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