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Napier is an port city in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand just north of the larger town of Hastings. There is talk of the two cities merging in the future, regardless, it is usually Napier that is of interest to the traveller. Located on the east coast of the North Island atop Bluff Hill and along the coast, the city affords views of Hawkes Bay and enjoys a pleasant climate.
The city was destroyed by two powerful earthquakes in the early twentieth century and was consequently rebuilt in Art Deco. Today it is one of a few cities like Miami Beach in the USA, that are famous for their Art Deco style. Read more ››