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Art Deco Weekend in Napier

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Art Deco Weekend in Napier

story by: Tom Ricketts

Every February when the hot sun is shining down on the city of Napier, the city holds its premier event. An event that could only be held in a handful of places around the world, the Art Deco Weekend.

Usually held on the second or third weekend in February, the Art Deco Weekend started in 1989 and has grown in popularity ever since, attracting 40,000 people in 2014. The majority of the festival takes place downtown so as long as you're staying downtown, you shouldn't need a car. 

After you've checked into your hotel, head out for a stroll to one of the city's second hand or antiques stores, you're going to need some 30's clothes. It may feel a bit silly getting dressed up, but it'll end up being most of the fun part of the weekend and the whole town does it so you certainly won't be alone. If you really want to go all out, head to the Art Deco Centre where you can buy brand new 30's style clothes as well as beautiful jewellery and many other Art Deco trinkets.

The entertainment for the weekend is varied with over 200 events! One of the most popular is the vintage car rally where you can watch an endless trickle of 20's and 30's vintage cars parading down the city streets. You'll never be without a reason to eat either as there's themed dining events for everything from Royal Dalton to Great Gatsby style picnics on throughout the weekend. Great live music and the opportunity to see some classic movies don't disappoint. The ladies will love 1930's fashion parades, and there's even a soapbox derby for the kids! 

This fantastic event will surprise and delight you, and you may even add it to your yearly schedule like so many others do. There are regular flights to Napier from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Air New Zealand. Accommodation sells out well in advance, as do tickets for some of the events so be sure to ask your favourite House of Travel agent early to avoid disappointment.

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