Hawke's Bay Art Deco Festival
5 Days / 4 Nights to explore Hawke's Bay and the Art Deco Festival, with a night in Taupo on the way home

Stay at Te Pania Hotel in the heart of the action to enjoy all that this renowned festival has to offer – parades, big bands, jazz bands, fairs and lunch at the acclaimed Mission Vineyard.

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Hawke's Bay Art Deco Festival
$2490.00 pp twin
$2890.00 pp single
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Day 1: Auckland - Taupo - Napier

Concert in the Soundshell - Hawkes Bay Art Deco Festival

We leave Auckland and drive into the heart of the Waikato farmland before continuing on to Taupo where we stop for lunch. From Taupo there are views across the lake to the three active volacanoes - Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.

In the mid afternoon we drive over the hills to Napier where the Festival, commemorating the rebuilding of Napier in Art Deco style after the disastrous earthquake of 1931, is getting underway. We check into our waterfront hotel for three nights and dine in at Te Pania's restaurant.

What you'll love today
  • Travel over the ranges from Taupo to Napier and take in the scenery of rugged hills and beautiful valleys
  • Relax in your seaview room at Te Pania Hotel in Napier


Day 2: Mission Vineyard - Art Deco Festival Events

Mission Estate Winery - Hawkes Bay  Art Deco Festival Tour

Relax and enjoy the vibrant festival atmosphere in Napier. We receive a first hand introduction to the festival events from a specialist Art Deco guide who joins our coach to take us along the Art Deco trail through Napier's suburbs.

Our tour finishes at the Art Deco Shop at the heart of the action. We wine taste at Mission Estate before lunching in Misson's acclaimed restaurant above the vines. In the afternoon browse the Antique Fair or relax back at your hotel. This evening there are events to see at the Soundshell.

What you'll love today
  • Explore the sights with a private guide on an Art Deco tour of Napier
  • Wine taste and lunch at Mission Estate, where vines were first planted in 1851

Day 3: Art Deco Festival events - Automobilia Parade - Soundshell

Vintage car at the Automobilia Vintage Car Parade, Hawkes Bay Art Deco Festival

Take your time over a leisurely breakfast at your hotel this morning before we step out on the streets to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere – the streets are crowded with Art Deco dressed revellers waiting for the Automobilia Vintage Car parade to start at midday.

Everything from limos and coupes drive through the town to line up on display at the Soundshell where a variety of shows are underway - big bands, jazz and much more. Sit back and enjoy the sight and sounds of the festival. After dinner the events continue at the Soundshell.

What you'll love today
  • At midday watch the Automobilia Vintage Car parade drive by
  • At the Soundshell sit back and take in the festival atmosphere

Day 4: Napier - Hawkes Bay Farmers' Market - Taupo

Art Deco Buildings - Hawkes Bay Art Deco Festival Tour

In the morning we drive over to Hastings, also rebuilt with Art Deco architecture, to have breakfast at the Hawkes Bay Farmers' market. It's easy to see why Hawkes Bay is known as the food basket of New Zealand.

A colourful, summertime array of produce from local orchards and gardens is on display at this busy market. Later we drive up Bluff Hill a residential suburb of Napier for the sea and landscape views then lunch in the port area of Ahuriri before travelling back to Taupo and our lakeside hotel where we dine this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Visit a local favourite - the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market in Hastings 
  • Take in the spectacular city and ocean views from the top of Bluff Hill, Napier


Day 5: Taupo - Lake Taupo Cruise - Auckland

Glass Flowers at Lava Glass Garden Lake Taupo

We breakfast at the Millennium and enjoy a leisurely start and the tranquillity of the lake. At the boat harbour we take a launch cruise out on Lake Taupo to see the Maori rock carvings created on the cliffs near Acacia Bay in the 1970s.

We leave Taupo and stop to see the powerful Huka Falls where the Waikato River thunders through a narrow chasm. We lunch at Lava Glass café and visit Lynden Over’s glass blowing studio and glass sculpture garden. We continue north through the Waikato farmlands arriving in Auckland in the late afternoon.

What you'll love today
  • Enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Lynden Over's inspired glass art garden and studio