On our journey down the North Island, we called in for a night to Napier in Hawke’s Bay, a well known wine growing area.

The town is unusual in that the majority of the buildings are built in the “Art Deco” style, reflecting the timing of a devastating earthquake that led to the rebuilding of the town in the 1930s.  The town capitalises on this with 1930s shops and events.

The town also has a Wine Centre that gives a shop window to the many small vineyards of the area and allows visitors to taste their wines in the town centre rather than travelling out to the vineyards.

A friendly and pretty little town, well worth a stop over.

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