Art Deco town
Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
54Trip End May 05, 2011
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The next day that Sunday atmosphere was impossible to miss
I continued along to the tourist information then to the Art Deco Shop where I watched an introductory video to the town, and bought a walking guide. The seaside town of Napier was hit by an earthquake of 7.8 on the Richter scale in 1931, which destroyed virtually everything and killed 157 people. The town was rebuilt over the next two years in Art Deco style, the height of contemporary modern design. Modern touches such as underground telephone cables were included. A great effort has been made to maintain this time capsule of a town, and the Art Deco festival held every February attracts visitors from all over the world. The place had particular significance in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake: the optimistic Kiwis are trying to look at the destruction of the town as an opportunity to rebuild it as the most modern city in the world.
It was a nice walk round the town, and at the end I treated myself to an ice cream while I walked along the beach. The rest of the afternoon I took advantage of the free internet at the hostel!