On 3 Feb 1931, Hawke’s Bay, was devastated by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake and, much of what was left standing was destroyed by the subsequent fires. It stood to reason that Napier’s CBD was rebuilt predominantly in the most modern style of the day; Art Deco. Now, over eighty years later, with the preservation & maintenance of these buildings a high priority, Napier stands as a snapshot in time; one of the finest examples of an Art Deco city in the world. Each year this is celebrated with the Art Deco Festival, attended by Art Deco enthusiasts worldwide & from throughout New Zealand. Locals embrace the spirit either by attending events or wandering the central city streets, often in era-appropriate clothing, just to enjoy the ambiance. Each year there is a huge range of events – and 2020 is no exception. Tickets come on sale to the general public on 9 October. Don’t miss out – download your programme today.
If you are planning to attend the Festival, why not book a tour? View and experience the wider region, while you’re here. Talk to us.
When: February 19 to February 23, 2020
Where: Napier & Hastings
Mission Estate in Greenmeadows, Napier, has a long and interesting history in these parts, with the first vines of this winery being planted by French Missionaries in 1851. Today, the beautifully restored seminary building that houses the restaurant & cellar door, is well utilised & enjoyed by locals & by visitors to Hawke’s Bay. To one side of the long sweeping driveway lined with English Plane trees, gentle hilly slopes run down to an expanse of flat land, creating a unique natural amphitheatre. This space is the venue of the Mission Concert, held annually since the inaugural concert in 1993, when the crowd was wooed by the magic of New Zealand singing legend, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
In February 2020, Mission Estate will host two performers for three concerts: Michael Bublé on the 1st, and Elton John on the 6th & 15th. These dates will see much excitement in Hawke’s Bay and locals are looking forward to hosting the many visitors for tours, and in shops and accommodation. I hope you’ve got your tickets! If not, keep an ear to the ground for any last-minute ticket releases. No guarantees but these have been known to happen from time to time.
If you want a tour while you’re here for one of the concerts, talk to us today. Enquire about your tour here: https://yourtour.nz/
By some twist of fate, our lovely homestay in Greenmeadows is still available for the Elton John concert on the 6th. It’s a 15-minute walk to the venue or a 2-minute walk to Anderson Park from where you can catch a bus both to & from the concert. Enquire about accommodation here: https://yourtour.nz/enquire-now/
When: February 1, 6, & 15
Where: Mission Estate in Greenmeadows, Napier