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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating New Zealand; Napier Favorites 2


National Aquarium sculpture

It’s Fun Photo Friday, and here are my Part 2 picks of Napier favorites:

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Napier Architectural Detail


Napier, New Zealand

Believe it or not, Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the World (although, for my money, Miami Beach deserves a shot at that title as well). You may think that strange that a city founded in the middle of the 19th century would find fame in the Art Deco movement that came to prominence in the 1930s, but there’s a reason.

Art Deco inspired building

This seeming incongruity derives from an event that occurred on 3 February 1931 — the devastating Magnitude 7.9 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake that pretty much laid waste to the entire downtown area.

Typical 1930s Art Deco design

Not all building in this area feature this architecture, however. For instance, here is the decidedly more modern Napier Civic Administration Building:

Napier Civic Administration building

Here’s a closeup view of that mosaic-looking design feature:

Napier Civic Administration building

This building is located on Hastings Street, about 1,200-foot/360-meter walk south of the main downtown area. And as you head south, if you turn around and look at the south-facing side of the Civic Administration building, you’ll see this rather striking mural:

Napier Civic Administration building

Another non-Art Deco feature I found was this unusual wood façade adornment at the corner of Hastings at Albion:

Napier, New Zealand

Before heading back north to downtown, I’d like to show you a couple of artistic features from our previous excursion along Napier Beach and Marine Parade:

Sculpture along Marine Parade/Napier Beach
Another pleasant Napier Beach surprise

Now let’s head back into downtown for a few more architectural gems:

94 Dickens Street, Napier, New Zealand
Emerson at Dalton, Napier, New Zealand
Emerson Street pedestrian shopping area

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Circumnavigating New Zealand — Napier’s Sunken Gardens


Napier Sunken Gardens

Today we backtrack a little from our first look at downtown Napier by going back to our northbound trek along Marine Parade and the shoreline. Just before reaching downtown you’ll stumble across Napier’s Sunken Gardens. As you can tell from the right side of the photo below, the gardens truly are ‘sunken’, in that they reside below Marine Parade street level. This provides one with a sense of removal from the bustling city just a short distance away.

Napier Sunken Gardens

There is more to see here than just flora, however. There are sculptures:

Napier Sunken Gardens

As well as a fountain, and even a picturesque repurposed waterwheel:

Napier Sunken Gardens

But let’s take time to sit back and smell the flowers:

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