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Gay Napier

Napier, North Island
New Zealand

Napier, North Island, New Zealand.
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10.47am on February 3rd 1931. That was the moment when a massive 7.8 earthquake leveled the town of Napier. The fire that followed devastated the very heart of the city. Out of the ashes and over the following ten years Napier, Art Deco City, an international icon of Art Deco style and sophistication grew.

Napier also offers every accommodation option for the gay and lesbian traveler. Although specific gay or lesbian accommodation is limited, there is a wide range of gay friendly hotels, self-contained cottages, hotels, motels, B&B’s to choose from. Many wineries have accommodation and provide the perfect setting for those looking for a romantic stay. If planning to stay over a long weekend or at peak times for example Art Deco Weekend or during Harvest Hawke's Bay, book it’s wise to book well ahead.

Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century, in such a concentrated area. And Napier's Art Deco is unique, with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.

Napier is about a four-hour drive from the capital, Wellington and an important port city in Hawke's Bay. Ten km (6 miles) to the south lies Hastings and the two are often called "The Twin Cities". Napier is one of the largest apple, pear and stone fruit producing areas in New Zealand. It has also become an important grape growing and wine production area.

The town enjoys some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. The warm, relatively dry climate is the result of its location on the east coast and the Mediterranean climate delivered from the warm waters to the north. This has encouraged the town’s growth as a popular retirement town and tourist resort. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania Of The Reef. Her statue is regarded in Napier in much the same way that the Little Mermaid statue is regarded in Copenhagen, and bears some similarities to its Scandinavian equivalent.

But Napier's major tourist attraction is the town itself, which draws Art Deco and architecture enthusiasts from around the world. Tourists flock to Napier in February for Art Deco weekend and the Mission Concert Weekend. Not to be outdone, the large wine industry hosts the Annual Harvest Hawkes Bay Weekend.

But it isn’t all about the architecture. Superb specialty shopping blends with a diverse mix of art, culture and adventure activities within bustling shopping centers. Fine art and crafts, contemporary paintings and handcrafted pieces are displayed in Napier galleries, individual studios, craft co-operatives and art exhibitions.

Then there is Hawke's Bay Wine Country, steeped in history, and Napier sits in the midst of New Zealand's oldest wine growing region. All roads lead outward to the region's wineries and extensive array of award winning wines. And with great wine comes great cuisine. From fine dining restaurants and trendy cafes, the range of cuisine offered is some of the best in the country.

So, if you're looking for great food and wine and spectacular scenery, then Napier, North Island, New Zealand has much to offer the gay and lesbian traveler.

Napier Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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