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T & G Mutual Building in Napier, New Zealand

The intersection of Marine Parade and Emerson Street is an excellent place to begin your walking tour of Napier, New Zealand. You will first marvel at the cooper dome and clock tower of the T & G Mutual Building. This handsome landmark was built in 1936 for the Temperance & General Insurance Company. The façade’s […]

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Sunken Gardens in Napier, New Zealand

Being a seaside town is frequently a double-edge sword: the scenery is gorgeous yet a challenge to control flooding. Napier’s first seawall was constructed in 1888. During the 1931 earthquake, the shoreline was violently raised over 6.5 feet. A new concrete breakwater was built in 1936 with a pathway on top. The Sunken Gardens were […]

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St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Napier, New Zealand

Three churches predated the current St. John’s Anglican Cathedral. The first was constructed in 1862 and was part of the Wellington Diocese. After the second was destroyed by the 1931 earthquake, a temporary structure served the Anglican community until the current Napier Cathedral opened in 1965. Its modernist design is a standout in a town […]

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Soundshell in Napier, New Zealand

Now walk across Marine Parade. This two-mile street runs parallel to Hawke’s Bay and offers a plethora of waterfront sites you will not want to miss. The first is the Soundshell, built in 1935. Two years later the surrounding Colonnade was added. This created a public square in front of the bandstand. The Forecourt was […]

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Six Sisters in Napier, New Zealand

Similar to San Francisco’s famous Painted Ladies, these row houses will delight fans of Victorian homes. The Six Sisters were built along Marine Parade in the late 19th century. Architect Robert Lamb was hired by a prominent businessman to design near-identical, two-story residences for his six daughters. Surprisingly, the wooden structures suffered little damage during […]

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Ross & Glendining Building in Napier, New Zealand

John Ross and Robert Glendinning opened a worsted wool mill near Dunedin in 1871. Their enterprise expanded into several New Zealand cities including Napier. In 1933, the Roslyn Worsted & Woollen Mills built this local office. Architect Ernest Arthur Williams incorporated a Māori motif on the facade. Since 1995, the Art Deco structure has been […]

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Recycling Kingdom Mural by Qbic in Napier, New Zealand

Recycling Kingdom has an arrestingly unique style compared to most murals around Napier created during the Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans festivals in 2016 and 2017. Russian artist Rustam Qbic depicts a girl cleaning up an oil spill around a whale while two boys are creating structures on the mammal’s back. The message is today’s […]

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Pania on the Reef Statue in Napier, New Zealand

According to an ancient Māori legend, Pania was a local maiden who married a chieftain named Karitoki. She gave birth to a hairless son named Maremate. Pania was lured by siren voices to swim across the bay. She met her demise when Moana-nui-a-kiwa, the lord of the sea, converted her into an underwater reef at […]

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National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier, New Zealand

Trawlermen depicts two commercial fishermen struggling to haul in their net. The life-size bronze statuary by Alan Strathern is appropriately adjacent to the National Aquarium of New Zealand. The Napier Aquarium opened along Marine Parade in 1976. The first floor features marine life from Hawke’s Bay. The main feature is the 78 by 99 foot […]

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MTG Hawke’s Bay in Napier, New Zealand

MTG Hawke’s Bay is a complex of structures with a rich cultural history. The Athenaeum was built in 1865 to house the initial collection of art and scientific exhibits. Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art Gallery was added in 1936. The design followed the prevalent Art Deco theme of the times. In 1977, the modernistic Century […]