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Napier Art Deco

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From Lake Taupo we stopped off at a place called Craters of the Moon, a weird concentration of bubbling mud pools and staema holes plus a quick visit to the volcanic activity centre and then headed out to Napier, a famous Art Deco city near Hawkes Bay. It's all Art Deco thanks to a huge earthquake in 1931 (7.4 on the Richter scale) which did a pretty good job of flattening the town and then what was left caught fire ensuring no trace of the original town at all. It seems that all Art Deco places arose either courtesy of an arsonist or a natural disaster so good to see this is consistent with that theory. The earthquake caused the land to rise by 2 metres and made the town much bigger which helped it become successful.

This morning we went to the National Aquarium and to ooh and aah over all things aquatic, lots of big fish and a really mean looking croc (not in the same tank I hasten to add - that would just be foolish). Oddly enough they also had a kiwi there, the first live one we've seen. In the afternoon we took an Art Deco guided tour which was really interesting. We were able to get into some of the buildings which still have all their original features which was pretty good.

It being St Patricks Day there are loads of people wandering around with green wigs and air horns which I have to say is pretty annoying. I think everyone in Napier is claiming some kind of Irish heritage and every pub is belting out The Corrs or Van Morrison....

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