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Welcome to Napier, the friendly Art Deco capital, where history comes alive and dreams come true!

For nearly 30 years the Art Deco Trust has been dedicated to the preservation, promotion and celebration of the Art Deco City of Napier.

Expert guides have taken thousands of visitors through the unique and colourful 1930s streetscape exploring the hidden gems of yesteryear either on foot, coach, mini bus or by the very luxurious vintage car.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors have joined the party of the year at the Tremains Art Deco Weekend held annually in February and all have enjoyed visiting and shopping at the Art Deco Centre in the recently renovated Art Deco building in the heart of the city.

The heritage integrity of the city has benefited tremendously under the care of the Art Deco Trust and many heritage buildings being saved from demolition or damage resulting from the new development.

Nothing will prepare you for what Lonely Planet describes as the ‘charismatic’ New Zealand city that ‘can provoke a Great Gatsby swagger in the least romantic soul’.

Enjoy our website, go on, click those heels and Charleston your way around.



Hear the story of the earthquake that devastated the original town and discover the era of style and optimism in which the present day
Napier was built.  
With a tour to suit everyone, experience what others just see!


Browse the Art Deco Centre's shop packed full of treasures for you to remember your time in Napier.  With something for everyone, including an excellent range of 1930s retro toys and games, it really is your one-stop-shop for all things Deco!


Your guide to the Art Deco Capital


Originating in Europe, in the early 20th century the Art Deco style became widely known following the great Exposition de Arts Moderness Decoratifs et Industriels held in Paris in 1925 and from which its name was ultimately derived.


The 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, also known as the Napier earthquake, occurred in New Zealand at 10:47 am on Tuesday 3 February 1931 devastating the Hawke's Bay region. It remains New Zealand's deadliest natural disaster. 


Protecting, preserving and restoring Napier’s heritage.  Consider becoming a member of the Art Deco Trust or making a donation and or becoming a Trust volunteer to help us in our cause.