Aug262017

Murals of Napier, New Zealand

One of the joys of Napier, New Zealand complementing extensive downtown art deco architecture from the 1930s are colorful murals on many buildings. One of the primary tourist attractions of this east coast city on Hawkes Bay, North Island is the concentrated art deco architecture downtown in this city of about 60,000 residents.

Napier, New Zealand suffered catastrophic destruction in 1931 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake leveled much of the city, followed by a firestorm to complete the destruction.

Napier art deco   Napier earthquake film

I photographed murals in downtown Napier as well as Art Deco structures during my five days walking around the city in November 2016.

Napier mural 4

“Dedicated to all Fjordland Crested Penguins and all of New Zealand’s 17 penguin species. Long may you live.” – Napier, New Zealand.

Napier mural 3

These two murals were in a downtown Napier parking lot with a small record store holding one of the best collections of classic rock and punk era LP albums I saw since the 1980s.

Napier mural 1

Environmental awareness murals in Napier.

Napier mural 2

Port Ahuriri, the main seaport section of Napier separated from downtown by Napier Bluff also offered environmental awareness murals on warehouses.

Napier whale mural 1

Napier whale mural2

Napier whale mural3

More Port Ahuriri murals

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Napier mural 8

Napier downtown wall poetry

Napier Rain poem 2

Napier Police Station social awareness murals – It is the job of a citizen to keep his mouth open.

Napier mural 5

A profound statement to read in the wake of President Donald Trump being elected during my week in Napier, New Zealand.

Napier mural 6

Hollywood stars in Napier, NZ.

Napier mural 7

Mirage in Napier.

Napier waterfall

And reality in Napier includes Napier Bluff waterfall and Hawkes Bay vista views.

Napier Bluff Hawkes Bay view

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About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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