Napier, New Zealand
Napier (Ahuriri, in Māori), northeast of Wellington, is the hub of a fertile region, funneling fine crossbred wool, timber, fruit and fine wines through its busy port. It is one of the most photographed destinations in New Zealand thanks to a statue on Marine Parade - Pania of the Reef.
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The township also boasts the widest range of authentic 1930s building styles in the world; stripped classical, Spanish mission, and in particular, art deco, Napier's unique version of it featuring intricate Maori motifs.
Napier is the gateway to New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay winery region. The gannet colony at nearby Cape Kidnappers is another memorable local attraction.
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