Napier: Wine and the Art Deco Capital of the World
One of the many trips I have taken during the past two months was to Napier, a small city located on the east coast of New Zealand’s north island. Napier is known for it’s wine and the fact that it is the art-deco capital of the world. I have to admit, I really had no idea what art-deco was until I visited, but I soon learned that it was a style of architecture and art primarily from the 1930’s. Napier experienced a devastating earthquake in 1931, so during the rebuilding process everything was built in the same, unique, “art-deco” style.
We stayed at a cute hostel in the center of town and explored the city, the coast, and (of course) the winelands! We rented bikes for $40 for the day and cruised around various vineyards and sampled all sorts of tasty wines and food. Definitely a highlight of my time in New Zealand thus far.