Friday 18 to Monday 21 February 2022 (4 days). The largest of all Art Deco events in Napier is the Art Deco Festival held every February. The popular festival includes over 250 events, hundreds of 1920’s/30’s cars, aerobatic flying displays, railcar rides, great Gatsby picnics, dinner dance extravaganzas and free outdoor concerts. Attended by thousands of guests and locals alike, many dressed in Art Deco style bringing glamour to the historic city.
Day 1 Friday 18 February 2022
JOURNEY TO NAPIER (D)
We commence our first morning travelling through the rich Waikato countryside as we travel to Taupo, where we will stop for lunch (own cost). After lunch we depart Taupo and travel across the Rangitaiki Plains to Hawke’s Bay, and the seaside city of Napier. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt during the period when Art Deco architecture was fashionable. Napier now wears the moniker ‘The Art Deco City’ with pride. 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 19 February 2022
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 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 wine-maker. The remainder of the evening 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 2021. 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/own booking.
Day 3 Sunday 20 February 2022
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, and 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 21 February 2022
JOURNEY FROM NAPIER (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.
Your package includes:
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas – talk to your personal travel manager for further info
- 3 nights accommodation with private en suite
- Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
- 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner included
- Wine tasting at Mission Estate Winery
- Visit the Hawkes Bay Farmers Market
- 1 hour Art Deco Vehicle tour
Valid for Travel:
Friday 18 to Monday 21 February 2022
$1570 per person – Share twin
$470 – Single Supplement
$200 non refundable deposit at time of booking – Full balance due Friday 07 January 2022
Book and pay in full by Thursday 21 October and receive $75.00 discount per person
Valid for Sale:
VALID FOR SALE UNTIL 07 January 2022