The Hawke’s Bay region was badly affected by an earthquake in 1931. During this 3-minute quake, the commercial centre of Napier was destroyed and 260 people lost their lives.
To this day, it remains the worst natural disaster in the history of our country.
Through the devastation, the city rebuilt though. So much so, in fact, that today Napier is one of the most significant collections of Art Deco buildings in the world!
Looking more like a 1930s film set than a normal New Zealand town, Napier is the perfect spot to walk around, soaking up the scenery. It also has a vibrant cafe and restaurant scene along with a collection of fantastic wineries, making it an easy place to spend a few days.
Nearby you’ll also find Hastings, the second major urban area in the Hawke’s Bay.
Again, the city is known as a foodie’s haven so prepare yourself for some seriously tasty eats!
In addition, there are a number of local attractions that are perfectly suited to families. Be sure to check them out whilst visiting the Hawke’s Bay.