Day Fourteen: Moving on to Art Deco Napier!

We arrived in Napier after driving over from Greytown and Stonehenge Aotearoa. The 250 km drive was an easy one, all on State Highway 2, which is the major road up from Wellington toward the east coast, Napier, and Hawke’s Bay. Like San Francisco in 1906, the town of Napier had been partially leveled by an earthquake (and fires) that occurred in 1931. The city took that opportunity to start fresh with Art Deco being the major influence. These days it’s very much a touristy town, and they play up the Art Deco theme to the max in the area near the waterfront. We spent two nights, which gave us all of Sunday to explore. Because Christmas is coming up soon more shops were open than probably would have been on a normal Sunday. We stayed at The Masonic, which is right across from the Art Deco Center.

Wave in TIme sculpture

Wave in Time plaque

1 Masonic front entry

Masonic Hotel tiny back stairway up to our rooms.

Masonic Hotel tiny back stairway up to our rooms.

side of the Masonic

His delivery was a bit flat.

His delivery was a bit flat.

1 Napier holiday decorations

1 Decorum bike

She's been waiting a LONG time!

She’s been waiting a LONG time!

Cafe Divine Napier

Cafe Divine Napier

This one came with a marshmallow!

This one came with a marshmallow!

Art Deco explained

Pan Pac Foyer

Tennyson Street, Napier

Tennyson Street, Napier

Wandering down Tennyson Street after morning coffee we found not one but two bookstores in short order. Tennyson Books is a small section at the back of a HUGE antique and jewelery store. Beattie and Forbes is the local independent book shop. We talked to the staff ladies after noticing that they sold kobo ebook readers, just like we do at Alexander Book Co. back home. Also found out that New Zealand is now using the Indiebound campaign that was started by our local bookseller association, NCIBA and then taken up by the national association, ABA.

Tennyson's Books is what caught my attention. Bought a used book of NZ literary quotes here.

Tennyson’s Books is what caught my attention. Bought a used book of NZ literary quotes here.

Beattie & Forbes independent bookseller

Beattie & Forbes independent bookseller

Bookish holiday window at Beattie & Forbes

Bookish holiday window at Beattie & Forbes

Love Your Local

Love Your Local

Mister D- Holiday decoration on the meter

Mister D

Just a street over from Tennyson is a collection of shops that are more chain oriented but still trying to be cutesy. I was shocked to see this sign until I realized that they were NOT associated with that online seller that I’m not a fan of.

Amazon? Really?

Amazon? Really?

Amazon: Put a bag on it. This store sells clothes.

Amazon: Put a bag on it. This store sells clothes.

Play Me 1

Play Me 2

Alexander's clothes, not books, sold here.

Alexander’s clothes, not books, sold here.

Pan Pac Foyer

They do things BIG in Napier!

They do things BIG in Napier!

Green 1934 building front

There is an entire series of these mosaics on little rounded sitting things all up and down Emerson Street. Here’s a bunch of them:

mosaic 1

mosaic 2

mosaic 3

mosaic 4

mosaic 5

mosaic 6

mosaic 7

mosaic 8

mosaic 9

mosaic 10

Balloon man wasn't trying to hide, he was putting something away.

Balloon man wasn’t trying to hide, he was putting something away.

MY LIMO, but not "my" limo in front of Art Deco Center.

MY LIMO, but not “my” limo in front of Art Deco Center. It’s a Packard!

Never seen such a thing! We saw it later. Driver was wearing a Santa hat.

Never seen such a thing! We saw it again later. Driver was wearing a Santa hat.

trikey 2

Hawke's Bay Express Will run you around town for a tour ($50, didn't do it)

Hawke’s Bay Express
Will run you around town for a tour ($50, didn’t do it)

By now it was time for an afternoon coffee break, this time at 2 Fat Lattes across the street from the hotel.

1 2 Fat Lattes sign

flat white and a biscuit (cookie) at 2 Fat Lattes

flat white and a biscuit (cookie) at 2 Fat Lattes

Wall art at 2 fat lattes

Time to walk off all the sugar that was in the caramel and hazelnut slice I had with the coffee, so it was on to the walkway across from the beach, Marine Parade, and the up to Bluff Hill Lookout. On the way there we stumbled across Centennial Gardens and took a peek at the Napier Jail.

Marine Parade in mosaic

Guess it's okay to be rude now...

Guess it’s okay to be rude now…

garden gate

Centennial Gardens 1

Centennial Gardens 2

Centennial Gardens 3

Serious tree roots on a rock wall

Serious tree roots on a rock wall

Centennial Gardens 5

Napier Prison Tours 2

Napier Prison Tours

Napier Prison door detail 1906

Napier Prison entry

Continuing on up the hill / road from the prison, we passed a few fun things before getting to Bluff Hill Lookout:

garden gate with wrought iron

fake cat in the window

Mailbox to #20

Keep our footpath clean.

Keep our footpath clean.

See the tree swing in there?

See the tree swing in there?

Way cool looking house!

Way cool looking house!

Rather scary looking parking pads.

Rather scary looking parking pads.

Suspended building. NEVER would pass a California building code check!

Suspended building. NEVER would pass a California building code check!

tree in the building

tree in the building

Which is worse, the pink wheels or the green duct tape bumper repair? Tough call...

Which is worse, the pink wheels or the green duct tape bumper repair? Tough call…

Bluff Hill Bush view, just a bit before the actual lookout.

Bluff Hill Bush view, just a bit before the actual lookout.

Bluff Hill Domain sign

Bluff view 1

Bluff view 2

Bluff Hill Lookout plaque

Bluff Those are TREES (logs) down there!

Those are TREES (logs) down there!

Bluff lookout brick doorway

Bluff Hill Trig 1 plaque

Bluff Hill Trig 2

Bluff Hill Trig 3

Bluff Hill Trig 4

Bluff Hill Trig 5

Back down at the water

Back down at the water

Beach forecast- bit nippy. No kidding. I had on my hoodie and windbreaker by this point!

Beach forecast- bit nippy.
No kidding. I had on my hoodie and windbreaker by this point!

Fish Bike

Fish Bike Poster

Pania of the Reef

Pania of the Reef

Pania of the Reef plaque

Chatham Islands 400 Miles thataway...

Chatham Islands 400 Miles
thataway…

fountain and pines

Fountain at night  (photo by Dian)

Fountain at night (photo by Dian)

Fountain at night  (photo by Dian)

Fountain at night (photo by Dian)

Fountain at night  (photo by Dian)

Fountain at night (photo by Dian)

We had dinner downstairs in the hotel, at The Rose Irish pub. There was a group of musicians at the next table playing traditional tunes, which was really fun.

1 The Rose Irish pub

Day 15 will be a travel day, Napier to Rotorua.

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