Where do you sit on great entertainment, food, fun and variety? When you come on the Hawkes Bay Art Deco Festival Tour you will be in the box seat for sure!
Come with lots of energy as there are many varied activities and colorful entertainment to get your teeth in to, and that means lots of indulgent food and wine tasting too!
Art deco is a distinct geometric style for Architecture, Furnishings, Crockery, Decoration, Jewellery and Art all created around the 1920’s and 30’s. Napier was nearly destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. As Art Deco was the prominent style of the time Napier was rebuilt in this style and the reason for the festival is to celebrate and revel in its uniqueness. You might even like to dress in the style of the period as you will see a lot of visitors dressed for the occasion.
This trip takes in the festival and sightseeing, including a theatre show, big bands at the Soundshell, Automobilia Vintage Car Parade, lunch at the prestigous Mission Estates winery, and a personally guided tour of the Art Deco Trail.
Moving on from there to a waters edge lunch at Te Awanga and on to Taupo with a waterfront stay, a viewing of the Huka Falls and a riverboat cruise with lunch up to the far reaches of the Waikato River.
All in all an action packed, really cool way to see the Hawkes Bay.
Auckland - Taupo - Napier (L, D) - Mission Vineyard - Havelock North - Hastings (B, L, D) - Art Deco Festival events - Automobilia Parade - Soundshell (B, L, D) - Napier - Te Awanga - Taupo (B, L, D) - Taupo - Waikato riverboat cruise - Auckland (B, L)
We depart Auckland driving into the heart of the Waikato farmland, we stop in Tirau to browse the antique shops. We lunch at Lava Glass Cafe near Taupo then travel over the ranges to Napier where we sightsee along the Art Deco trail. We check into Te Pania on the waterfront and dine in the hotel restaurant.
Relax and enjoy the vibrant festival atmosphere in Napier. With a specialist Art Deco Guide we drive leisurely in our coach along the Art Deco trail through Napier’s suburbs then return to the Art Deco Shop and audio visual presentation. We visit the Antique Fair with time to browse. Then we wine taste at Mission Estates before lunching in Mission’s acclaimed restaurant above the vines. In the afternoon we drive into the heart of the Hawkes Bay orchards and the vineyards of The Gimblett Gravels. We stop in the pretty English style village of Havelock North. We drive to Hastings where the Art Deco buildings are beautifully restored and pick up a cone at Rush Munro’s Ice Cream Gardens before returning to your hotel. Tonight we attend the Forget Me Not Theatre show with dinner at Ahuriri then catch the big bands at the Soundshell.
We relax and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere in Napier – Art Deco dressed revellers and the fun of the Automobilia Vintage Car parade – everything from limos to coupes. At the Soundshell the vintage cars are on display. There are bathing belles, big bands and jazz. Be sure to bring a cushion or a collapsible seat. We dine at Te Pania close to the action and end the evening at the Soundshell.
We enjoy more of the festivities before driving out to Clifton Café for lunch on the water’s edge at Te Awanga. We return to Taupo to stay in lake view rooms and dine in the hotel this evening.
After a leisurely start to enjoy the beauty of morning by the lake we leave Taupo stopping to view the powerful Huka Falls. Then we board the 1908 riverboat Waireka for a “Peaceful Pause” cruise down the unseen reaches of the Waikato River with lunch along the way. We continue to Auckland, returning in the early evening.
Tour Prices 2015/16
|Single Supplement ( extra ) NZ$400|
Departure Dates 2016
|Feb 18th - Feb 22nd 2016 G|
A: Available G: Guaranteed Departure C: Closed