Ocean Spa opened in February 2003 and provides vast Ocean views, warm soothing water and bubbles in the open air heated pools.
It is on the site of the original Hot Sea Water Baths built in the early 1900’s on Napier’s Marine Parade.
The complex is open year round and has a 25 m lap pool, two leisure pools, indoor and outdoor spas and a toddler’s pool. The outdoor spas are raised high enough for those seated to enjoy the expansive sea views through the protective glass fencing. Included also in the complex are a steam room, sauna, sun bed, massage facility and the Ocean Club Swim Gym.
Soak the on site café and restaurant is stylishly informal and provides diners with options from breakfast to dinner, coffee, nibbles or just a snack. Other facilities: private spas, massage, beauty therapy , sunbed, gym,
Disabled facilities - access to pools, showers, toilets
Monday - Saturday: 6am – 10pm
Sunday: 8am – 10pm
To the pool complex:
$4.00 children 14 years and under
under two years free
Concessions are available.
Massage $35.00 1/2 hour and $60 one hour
This beautiful building, perhaps the most iconic art deco building in the world, is situated a little bit outside the centre of Napier. More or less hidden behind Bluff Hill in a neighbourhood called Ahuriri, close to the port.
It was the office building of The national Tobacco Company, now British American Tobacco.
We were able to take a look in the hall inside the building. If still possible watch carefully for the art deco details.
The building has been designed by J.A. Louis Hay in the year of 1933, two years after the devastating earth quake.
ART DECO PRAIRIE STYLE BUILDINGS
This is another Art Deco style of which we saw on our walk around Napier.
The photo, showing the style, is of the original Napier Central Fire Station. It was built of brick in 1921, but after damage from the earthquake, it was partly demolished and rebuilt in ferro-concrete to the exact original design.
It is now the home of the Art Deco Trust.
Other buildings in town of this particular style are.........
National Tobacco company.......Hawkes Bay Museum......
The Hay Building......Tennyson Chambers....and AMP building.
MOHAKA VIADUCT - RAUPUNGA
Continuing on our scenic drive, a big surprise was seeing the extremely high Mohaka River Viaduct.
This is the highest railway viaduct in Australasia, standing 95m above the Mohaka river.
Construction began in 1930, but was not completed until 1937. At the time of its construction the viaduct was the fourth highest in the world and its completion was the final link in the Napier – Wairoa rail line which had commenced at Napier in 1912.
The trestle-constructed Mohaka Viaduct, crosses the Mohaka River close to the small settlement of Raupunga.
We had a short stay in Napier and unfortunately the weather was terrible with very heavy rain, still we did get out and wander around the centre with its wonderful Art Deco buildings.
Napier is well known for its Art Deco buildings. In 1931 earthquake and fire destroyed the city and killed many people. The quake raised the harbour bed and raised marshland which provided new farmland. When the city was rebuilt an earthquake-proof building code was enforced.
The architects adopted the fashionable Art Deco style. The city’s buildings are in pastel colours and with bold and elaborate lines.