Art Deco Weekend
From $1260.00 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 CITES TO 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 are is also one of New Zealand’s top grape growing regions with some of the country’s best-known wines coming from 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, 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 section of the entertainment available during the festival. Accommodation: Quality Inn, Napier – 3 nights
Day 2 Saturday 22 February 2020 NAPIER (B)
This morning is at your leisure to enjoy the Art Deco festival. Around lunchtime today, we enjoy the Classic Cars 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. 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 NAPIER (B)
Departing After a leisurely breakfast this morning you may wish to head down to view the Soap Box Derby, where children and parents race their home-made carts to the thrills of the thousands who come to watch and cheer them on. There is also the Market Street Fair, where you can experience the taste of 1930s with authentic Deco sweets and treats available for purchase. This afternoon you may wish to enjoy the Gatsby picnic. Set up by the seaside for a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the sunshine. The remainder of the day is yours at leisure.
Day 4 Monday 24 February 2020 NAPIER – HOMECITIES (B)
This morning 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 the drive across the farmlands of Waikato and arrive in Hamilton. For those who were picked up form home, you will be delivered back your home.