There’s a rave review ahead for Art Deco Masonic Hotel in Napier. We remember when the hotel had a Breakers Cafe on the ground floor, what a transformation! In 2012 the hotel was renovated significantly and many of its Art Deco features were restored. The work of the owners’ was recognised recently when they picked up two awards at Hospitality NZ Awards for Excellence – Best Accommodation, and the top award – Supreme Award Winner.
It’s all about Art Deco in Napier, the architectural style that typifies many of the buildings that rose from the devastation of the Hawkes Bay earthquake. The earthquake shook Napier’s business district from its foundations on the morning of 3 February 1931. More than 250 people died in the Hawkes Bay region and buildings that didn’t collapse in Napier’s city centre initially were then mostly destroyed by fire and subsequent aftershocks.
But like the Art Deco image of the rising … Read the rest
The Faraday Centre is a historical technology museum, it’s a hands on sort of place so you get to push, pull and make stuff go, not just look at it. You’ll find all sorts of weird and intriguing things like a Uranus electric mouse trap, a dishwasher from 1925, a 1907 Rover car, and old and unusual typewriters.
You can use the pneumatic conveyor system that once transferred money in cannisters through a series of pipes around Westerman’s Department Store in Hastings. Curiously, C1 Espresso in Christchurch are using a similar system … Read the rest
There are three themed rooms at Sea Breeze B&B in Napier – Imperial Asian, Turkish and Indian. Our choice was the Turkish room – it’s a visual delight with its rich red walls and gold trimmings. The room, and infact the whole B&B is so well maintained we felt like the first guests, however Cafer and Fiona have been hosting visitors for over 10 years.
The Turkish room has its own ensuite, the rich colours don’t continue in to the bathroom – it’s all white and spotless. There’s an LCD TV in all … Read the rest
Take a walk with words to celebrate National Poetry Day …..
Haiku Pathway, Katikati
Sandwiched between Robert Harris Cafe and Hammer Hardware in Katikati you’ll find the main entrance to the Haiku Pathway.The haiku are engraved on boulders along the path that follows Uretara Stream ….
Words on Walls in Napier
Many of Napier’s streets are named after poets, it seems a natural progression to write Words on Walls….
Janet Frame’s … Read the rest
Inject it – Mister D, 47 Tennyson Street, Napier
Mister D are the pioneers of the DIY doughnut. Served warm, the doughnuts are covered in sugar and cinnamon, and come with a side syringe of custard, jelly or chocolate. They’re capital D’licious.
Unbake it – The Little Bird UnBakery, 385 New North Road, Kingsland
The Little Bird Unbakery in Auckland keeps it cool with their raw, organic and sugar free menu. Nothing is heated above 46°C, including the coffee. Being sugar free doesn’t mean a lack of treats in the … Read the rest