Ace High Motor Inn
399 Kennedy Rd.,, Napier, New Zealand
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Maori Cultural show at Napier marina
Napier seems to have quite a strong Maori presence, and their culture was probably more evident to us when we were there because it was the Waitangi Day public holiday and cultural activities had been organised at the Napier Marina (which just happened to be 500 mts from our hotel). We came upon the large town gathering quite by chance, which was great.
Among all the people gathered, the population seemed to be almost 40% maori, which is a huge percentage when in some other cities their numbers are only around 10% .
I think more had gathered on this particular holiday too, to watch the Maori music, dance and cultural show which was being put on from the back of a truck.
In New Zealand, many schools have groups of
Maori who belong to musical/dance groups, and which perform. There are inter-school competitions and it seems to be a huge honour to be the winning school. The community speakers at the microphone were very pleased to have these particular secondary school aged performers at their celebrations, who were the winning School of the competitions (not sure if it was for the whole of NZ or just the North Island) They were easily as good as some of their their adult counterpart performers we'd watched in Rotorua.
Napier City is the site of the finest examples of authentic Art Deco in the world. When the city was rebuilt after the devastating 1931 Earthquake, the main business area and its key buildings were designed on a common theme - 1930s Art Deco.
Although many of the buildings in Los Angeles were also designed with Art Deco principles, Napier City has faithfully retained the 1920s and 30s Art Deco character and style in its Central Shopping Area through the years.
Its Museum and Art Gallery have a permanent exhibition of Art Deco objet d'art. The most famous Art Deco building in Napier is the Rothmans of Pall Mall building, 1932-33, designed by J. A. Louis Hay, who was inspired by the work of the famous Chicago architect, Louis Sullivan.
Over recent years Napier has celebrated each year with the Art Deco Weekend. Billed as a "not too serious" celebration the Art Deco Weekend includes vintage cars, historic aircraft, wine glass wanders, the Gatsby Family Picnic, and much more.
The architecture and applied arts of the Art Deco period reveal a varied mix. However, most share the hallmarks of geometry and simplicity, often combined with vibrant colors and simple shapes that celebrate the rise of commerce and technology. The world of Art Deco represents a "graciousness of form" from a simpler time.
Te Mata Peak
We took an excursion on our way home to stop and see Te Mata Peak.
Te Mata stands tall at 400m over Hawkes Bay, and provides the best view stretching to the horizon in all directions. It is accessible up a steep awkward road from Havelock North, but a much more scenic way to approach the mountain is from Te Mata Road. After coming all the way from Clifton on the road to the east of the river, you pass beneath Te Mata Peak on the left as you scale the climb up from base of the valley.
At the top you are rewarded with the amazing panorama!!
Hawkes Bay is a noted wine growing area in New Zealand, more for reds than whites. We managed to visit a couple, Te Awa, where we ate lunch and Esk, which was on the way in. There are over 30 to choose from, which explains why we didn't to them all in one day!
Quality varies, as you would expect, so take advantage of those who offer tasting opportunities.
Te Awa gives "free" tastings so long as you eat at the restaurant. When you see the prices of the fare you will understand why they can afford to do that.
There's a comprehensive wine trail map available at most tourist information centres (we got ours from Taupo) so you should have no trouble finding your way around.
Napier is a charming seaside city located on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island. Named after Charles Napier, the British General, the city of Napier was planned and developed in the 1850s. Today it is known as the Art Deco City for its 1930's architecture.The Art Deco buildings were built to replace the older buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake of 1931.Napier is a popular holiday destination because of its pleasant mild climate, nice beaches and tourists attractions.
Our first of several visits to Napier was in 1999. We stayed in a Bed & Breakfast located on Bluff Hill that overlooked the ocean and the Norfolk Pine lined Marine Parade. We walked through the city centre admiring the Art Deco buildings that had been recently refurbished. We also visited the local aquarium on the beach near the town centre. On a later trip I visited a Lavender Farm and put in a bid on some coastal land in a nearby development called Marthas Vineyard. Our offer was declined so we ended up buying a small house in Taradale, Napier instead. In the two years that we owned & rented out the house, we vacationed there on several occasions. Using Taradale as a hub we took several side trips out of Napier .Some of the places we visited were vineyards in Hawkes Bay, Te Mata Peak in Havelock North and a Gannet Colony at Cape Kidnappers.
This website has some great pictures of Napier............