The New Zealand port city of Napier, in the vast Hawke's Bay region on the eastern seaboard of the North Island is like nowhere else on the planet. A big call perhaps, but when you consider that the entire city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and completely rebuilt in the dominant architectural style of the time, Art Deco, Napier is a design time capsule.
It seems around every corner you find yet another striking example of this distinctive building style. You'll see antique emporiums, 1930s vintage cars and enthusiasts pointing and chattering excitedly about architectural details or following guides around town in close formation.
Beyond the city limits is the world-renowned Hawke's Bay wine region where visitors can discover superb Bordeaux-style red wine, making this ornate city quite the tourism gem.
Hawke's Bay is New Zealand's second-largest wine-producing region -- behind Marlborough. Take a tour of nearby wineries, or get an education in wine appreciation in Napier's own New Zealand Wine Centre. Otherwise, choose to stroll along the Marine Parade promenade, perhaps with a stop at a seafood restaurant and a visit to the National Aquarium of New Zealand or the art gallery.