Art Deco Napier
Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
11Trip End Oct 30, 2009
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Anyway, I headed to Napier after Wellington. I had wanted to go back there and do the Art Deco guided tour. A friend of mine, Jan and I, did the self guided tour the last time we were here and missed out on the history and background of it all. This time it was much better. It was a good tour. Napier was totally obliterated in the earthquake of 1931. The town was rebuilt in two years and with the Art Deco theme. They used patterns like the Ziggurat motif, which is like steps going upward. They used this pattern a lot in the States. The Americans, at that time, were told to use the Ziggurat motif, which allows more sunlight to reach street level, like the Chrysler Building in New York. There was also the Zig Zag, the Sunburst, Spanish Mission style with Maori motifs, Spanish Maya style and they used pastel colours, which really brightens up the buildingswww.artdeconapier.com
I had met a South African woman, called Lucette, on the bus to Napier, who was working in Napier but trying to find a job in Wellington, so she could be with her husband and 2 sons. I met up with her and her friend Jen that evening, to go to dinner and they showed me parts of Napier which I never would have seen myself without a car. After dinner, I walked over to see the Art Deco fountain, which is lit up at night, with different colours and it's right beside the statue "Pania of the Reef". The last time I was here, Pania had been stolen. But they found it and it was put back in it's rightful spot, a short while later. They just had to glue her broken feather back on and she was as right as rain. Everybody climbs up on Pania and sits on her lap, to get their photo taken, so this Napier woman at the fountain told me, so I did the same.
The next morning too, Jen drove me up to Te Mata Peak, which is about 30 minute's drive from Napier. Gosh it was lovely up there but extremely windy. It definitely blew out a few of the cobwebs
I really commend the Intercity bus service. I found them to be very punctual, with very friendly drivers. In the South Island, every bus driver gave a historical and local commentary on most of the well known towns/cities that we went through
By the way, I'm now setting up a new travel blog website and my blog about my latest trip to New Zealand 2012 will be on it. So please be patient.It will be worth the wait.I will put the link to this new website, here, when it's live - hopefully in early July 2012! www.travelwithtina.net