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Woolshed Art Workshop


Arts & crafts

Whether you just want to muse on the creative works of others or dabble your own artistic fingers in a mixture of mediums, the Woolshed Art Workshop offers a unique opportunity to do so. The 100-year-old woolshed has stepped away from its fleece-filled past and now serves as home to Kathy (painter/printmaker) and Adrienne (mosaics), whose expertise makes their art workshop sessions so successful. Phone to find out more about getting arty in Napier’s rural and inspiring landscape. Transport provided to and from Napier City if there is a small number of people.

  • Prices: Half-day and full-day programmes for groups of up to 10 all year round. Country-style am or pm tea provided & light lunch with full-day programme. $100 for half day to$175.00 full day for 1 or 2 persons (materials included). Special prices available for 3+.
  • Contact: 360 Seafield Road, Napier
  • Tel: 06-836-7105
  • Cel: 021-077-4490
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Art Deco Trust


Cultural tours

Learn more about the vibrant style and relevance of art deco in Napier on this quirky and highly informative walking tour of the city. If your legs are already suitably stretched, you can take a one-hour Vintage Deco Car Tour in a 1934 Buick or a 75-minute Deco Bus Tour. These tours explore Napier Hill, historic Ahuriri and homes and gardens of Marewa, Napier's Art Deco suburb.

  • Prices: Morning walk at 10am ($10) and evening walk (from Dec 26th to March 31st only) at 5.30pm ($12) both leave from Napier's i-Site visitor centre. Afternoon walk at 2pm ($15), Vintage Deco Car Tour ($99, max 3 pp) and the Deco Bus Tour (11.30am, $28) depart from the Art Deco Shop. Bookings essential.
  • Contact: Deco Centre, 163 Tennyson Street, Napier
  • Tel: 06-835-0022
  • Fax: 06-835-1912
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Hawke's Bay Museum, Cinema and Theatre



You can’t miss the metal monster that peeks over Hawke’s Bay Museum with a corrugated ice-cream cone in his knobbly hand. This is yet another of Napier’s fun, eccentric icons, more of which feature inside the art-, culture- and heritage-packed museum. Alongside the museum is The Century Theatre and Cinema, a 330-seater concert venue that stages live music, theatre and film.

  • Contact: 65 Marine Parade/9 Herschell Street, Napier
  • Tel: 06-835-7781
  • Fax: 06-835-9249
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  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Hawke's Bay Highlights

  • Slosh your way around the many wineries throughout the region. Everything grows in the Hawke's Bay sunshine and unsurpassed fresh local produce equates to superb food and wine.
  • Keep your eyes open and ears to the ground for local winery events. There is always something going on from live music to open air cinemas and elaborate culinary affairs.
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