Art Deco Weekend
From $1450.00 per person
The largest of all Art Deco events in Napier is the Termains Art Deco Festival in February. It includes over 250 events, hundreds of 1920s and 30s cars, aerobatic flying displays, railcar rides, great Gatsby picnics, dinner dance extravaganzas and free outdoor concerts to name a few. Many thousands of guests and locals alike dressed in Deco style bringing glamour to the city streets.
Friday 21 February 2020 to Monday 24 February 2020 (4 Days)
Day 1 Friday 21 February 2020
HOME CITIES – NAPIER (D)
We commence our first morning touring the rich Waikato countryside as we travel to Taupo, where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch (own cost). After lunch, we depart Taupo and travel across the Rangitaiki Plains to Hawke’s Bay and the seaside city of Napier. Napier was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt during the period when Art Deco Architecture was fashionable. Napier is now known as the Art Deco City. The area is also one of New Zealand’s top grape growing regions with some of the country’s best-known wines coming from the Hawke’s Bay. On arrival, we will have an orientation tour of the city before making our way to our hotel for the evening. Tonight we will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner at the Napier RSA. After dinner, we walk back to the hotel. You may wish to make your way down to the Soundshell for the Festival opening. Take in the first of the Memorial Flying Displays, the Navy Ceremonial Sunset, admire the cars, fashion, and let your imagination soar as they showcase a selection of the entertainment available during the festival.
Accommodation: Quality Inn, Napier – 3 nights
Day 2 Saturday 22 February 2020
This morning is at your leisure to enjoy the Art Deco festivities. Around lunchtime today, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Classic Car Parade. Led by the Royal New Zealand Navy Band, the parade will feature New Zealand’s oldest cars, the 1895 Benz; 1934 Cadillac V16 Town Cabriolet; 1935 Duesenberg J Phaeton; 1935 Packard S8 3 window Coupe, and so many more remarkable cars. Later this afternoon we visit the Mission Estate Winery for a 30 minute tour and wine tasting. Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winemaker. The remainder of the day is for you to enjoy the Art Deco festivities. There will be an Art Deco Ball for those who wish to dress up. Details of this and other activities will be available in the Art Deco Brochure available later in 2019. Included in the programme are dining, wining, dancing and jazz, film, theatre, house tours, vintage cars, plane rides and much more. You can choose from this extensive range but additional activities will be at your own expense.
Day 3 Sunday 23 February 2020
After breakfast this morning we travel over to Hastings to view the art deco buildings around the city. Our first stop will be the Hawkes Bay Farmers Market, a place where the region’s ﬁnest growers and artisan producers supply their wares so you can buy direct from the source. Meet the growers and producers as you wander at your leisure around this traditional farmers’ market, discovering the diverse range of fresh produce and genuine artisan products grown and produced in Hawke’s Bay. Our next stop will be Birdwoods, offering a gallery, sculpture garden, an old-fashioned sweet shop. We travel back to Napier in the early afternoon and the remainder of the day is for you to enjoy the art deco festivities.
Day 4 Monday 24 February 2020
NAPIER – HOME CITIES (B)
This morning we experience a guided tour on board a magnificently restored Art Deco Vehicle. The experienced chauffeur will give us a light-hearted guided tour of Napier where we will learn about its intriguing history and fascinating highlights. After our tour, we depart Napier and travel through the Esk Valley and over the Kaimanawa Ranges to Taupo, where we have time available to browse the local town centre and purchase lunch. After our stop we continue north on State Highway 1 through the timber towns of Tokoroa and Putaruru then drive across the farmlands of the Waikato and arrive in Hamilton. For those who were picked up from home, you will be delivered back to your home.