Hawke’s Bay Art Deco Festival

Hawke's Bay Art Deco Festival

6 day Hawke's Bay small group tour

Stay four nights in Napier near the heart of the action to enjoy all this renowned festival has to offer – parades, big bands, jazz bands, fairs and lunch at acclaimed Mission Vineyard. Additional treats are the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers and a cruise on Lake Taupo. 

WHAT TRACY LOVES ABOUT THIS TOUR: New Zealand’s most popular festival is well worth attending and we can make it easy for you. Our group stays near the heart of the action – the Sound Shell and the festivities. The atmosphere is buzzing and everyone dresses up in their art deco attire!

  • $3,390 (NZD) pp twin
  • $3,990 (NZD) pp single

Day 1

Auckland - Taupo - Napier

We 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 volcanoes – 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 hotel for four nights and dine in this evening.

  • Take in the scenery of the rugged Taupo to Napier road
  • Relax in your accommodation near the heart of the action

Accommodation

MoaTours Accommodation - Scenic Te Pania, Napier

Napier - Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Another great location, but only the best will do at MoaTours! Just a short walk from the heart of the Art Deco precinct, Te Pania is modern, has everything you need right at hand and is our favourite place to stay in town. 

What we love about Te Pania – You can’t beat those Pacific views, if you’re an early bird, watch the sunrise over the ocean from your room.

Day 2

Art Deco Festival Events - Mission Estate Vineyard - Napier

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 with a vintage movie at the Art Deco Shop

We wine taste at Mission Estate before lunching in Mission’s acclaimed restaurant above the vines. In the afternoon browse the Antique & Collectables Fair or relax back at your hotel. This evening there are events to see at the Soundshell.

  • Explore the sights with a private guide on an Art Deco tour 
  • Wine taste and lunch at Mission Estate, where vines were planted in 1851

Accommodation

MoaTours Accommodation - Scenic Te Pania, Napier

Napier - Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Another great location, but only the best will do at MoaTours! Just a short walk from the heart of the Art Deco precinct, Te Pania is modern, has everything you need right at hand and is our favourite place to stay in town. 

What we love about Te Pania – You can’t beat those Pacific views, if you’re an early bird, watch the sunrise over the ocean from your room.

Day 3

Art Deco Festival events - Automobilia Vintage Car Parade - Soundshell

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 revellers dressed in the clothes from the  Art Deco era. The Automobilia Vintage Car parade starts 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 sights and sounds of the festival. After dinner the events continue at the Soundshell.

  • The Automobilia Vintage Car parade begins at midday
  • Sit back and take in the festival atmosphere at the Soundshell

Accommodation

MoaTours Accommodation - Scenic Te Pania, Napier

Napier - Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Another great location, but only the best will do at MoaTours! Just a short walk from the heart of the Art Deco precinct, Te Pania is modern, has everything you need right at hand and is our favourite place to stay in town. 

What we love about Te Pania – You can’t beat those Pacific views, if you’re an early bird, watch the sunrise over the ocean from your room.

Day 4

Napier - Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market - Tremains Gatsby Picnic

In the morning we drive over to Hastings, also rebuilt with Art Deco architecture, to have breakfast at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ market. It’s easy to see why Hawke’s 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 back to Napier to watch the Veronica Bell Parade, join the Tremains Gatsby picnic, see Fashion on the Foreshore and visit the Huge Deco Sale. 

  • Visit a local favourite – the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market in Hastings 
  • Join in the fun at the Tremains Gatsby picnic

Accommodation

MoaTours Accommodation - Scenic Te Pania, Napier

Napier - Scenic Hotel Te Pania

Another great location, but only the best will do at MoaTours! Just a short walk from the heart of the Art Deco precinct, Te Pania is modern, has everything you need right at hand and is our favourite place to stay in town. 

What we love about Te Pania – You can’t beat those Pacific views, if you’re an early bird, watch the sunrise over the ocean from your room.

Day 5

Napier - Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony - Taupo

From Clifton we take our own privately guided three-hour overland coach safari through farmland and along the clifftops to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. 

In the afternoon we return northwards to Taupo to stay on the lakefront at Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels. 

  • See gannets up close and spectacular views of Cape Kidnappers
  • Soak up the views of Lake Taupo from your hotel

Accommodation

Taupo Millennium Hotel and Resort

Taupo - Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels

Boasting a spellbinding lake edge location, this welcoming Taupo Hotel and Resort presents you with uninterrupted views of the magnificent lake and mountains from guest rooms, restaurants and bar areas. 

What we love about Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels – Artfully decorated to create an air of glamorous elegance and with a heated swimming pool, private grotto plunge pool and sauna this is a relaxing and stylish location to spend time on tour.

Day 6

Taupo - Lake Taupo Cruise - Auckland

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 contemporary 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.

  • Enjoy a peaceful cruise on Lake Taupo
  • Lynden Over’s inspired glass art garden and studio

Next departures

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General inclusions

  • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
  • Services of your knowledgeable MoaTours Kiwi guide.
  • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”.

All Meals Are Included

All meals are included in the tour cost, including: 

  • Lunch at Mission Estate winery in Hawke’s Bay

Included Experiences

The following activities and attractions are all included in the price of your tour:

Included Sightseeing & Exploring

You’ll visit all the following spots on the tour.

Please contact us if you have any questions about our tour departure dates.

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13 Feb 2025 - 18 Feb 2025
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