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Napier, Art Deco Capital of the world

No other city has such a great variety and concentration of buildings in the styles of the 1930s, including Spanish Mission, Stripped Classical,  and especially Art Deco. Napier is known as the Art Deco Capital of the world.

The Soundshell, JT Watson, 1935 - Art Deco Capital
The Soundshell, JT Watson, 1935
Soundshell at night
Soundshell at night from Wikimedia Commons

The Art Deco Capital is situated on one of the world’s most active tectonic fault lines.

The Colonnade and Plaza, JT Watson, 1936-1939 - Art Deco Capital
The Colonnade and Plaza, JT Watson, 1936-1939

New Zealand’s deadliest earthquake took place on February 3rd 1931, killing 258 people and leveling many of Napier’s buildings. The 7.9 magnitude quake broke the water mains, and hours later fires destroyed most of the remaining buildings.

The Veronica Sunbay, JT Watson, 1934
The Veronica Sunbay, JT Watson, 1934

The HMS Veronica, an Acacia-class sloop of the Royal Navy, was in port at Napier on the day of the quake. She radioed Auckland for help, and her sailors helped with rescue and salvage. The sea bed rose up beneath her, so she was docked for inspection. She and her crew are commemorated by the Veronica Sunbay, above. This is actually a replica of the one built in the 1930s.

The Kirk Sundial, Louis Hay, 1933
The Kirk Sundial, Louis Hay, 1933

Napier began to rebuild as soon as possible, in part to inspire optimize in her citizens after the disaster.

The British - South African War Memorial, 1906
The British – South African War Memorial, 1906

Three characteristics were important in the new buildings – they needed to be safe, modern and inexpensive. Art Deco was perfect for this.

The Masonic Hotel, 1932
The Masonic Hotel, 1932

Art Deco eschewed the kind of ornamental details that were first things to fall into the streets during the 1931 earthquake. The Masonic Hotel, above, is one of two buildings in Napier with parapet ornaments, and they were built to be earthquake-proof – at least by the standards of the time.

The T&G Building, 1936
The T&G Building, 1936

Art Deco architecture was the successor to and reaction against Art Nouveau, a style which flourished in Europe between 1895 and 1900.

ASB Bank, 1932
ASB Bank, 1932
ASB Bank, 1932
ASB Bank, 1932

Consider the Art Nouveau architecture of Casa Batlló, remodeled by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol (1904–1906).

The Casa Batlló, remodeled by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol (1904–1906)
The Casa Batlló, remodeled by Antoni Gaudí and Josep Maria Jujol (1904–1906) – from Wikimedia Commons

It’s real different from buildings in the Art Deco style.

The Central Post Office
The Central Post Office

“In 1905 Eugène Grasset wrote and published Méthode de Composition Ornementale, Éléments Rectilignes,[45] in which he systematically explored the decorative (ornamental) aspects of geometric elements, forms, motifs and their variations, in contrast with (and as a departure from) the undulating Art Nouveau style of Hector Guimard, so popular in Paris a few years earlier.” – Wikipedia

Bennets (HA Westerholm, 1929) and Blythes (1933) Buildings
Bennets (HA Westerholm, 1929) and Blythes (1933) Buildings
Blythes Building (1933)
Blythes Building, 1933

Grasset stressed the principle that various simple geometric shapes like triangles and squares are the basis of all compositional arrangements. The reinforced concrete buildings of Auguste Perret and Henri Sauvage, and particularly the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, offered a new form of construction and decoration which was copied worldwide.[46] ”  – Wikipedia

The Criterion Hotel, EA Williams, 1932
The Criterion Hotel, EA Williams, 1932

Hawkes Bay Chambers is an excellent example of the Art Deco style.

Hawkes Bay Chambers, EA Williams, 1932
Hawkes Bay Chambers, EA Williams, 1932

“Art Deco was associated with both luxury and modernity; it combined very expensive materials and exquisite craftsmanship put into modernistic forms. Nothing was cheap about Art Deco: pieces of furniture included ivory and silver inlays, and pieces of Art Deco jewelry combined diamonds with platinum, jade, and other precious materials.” – Wikipedia

Smith & Chambers Building, Alfred Hill, 1932
Smith & Chambers Building, Alfred Hill, 1932
Smith & Chambers Building, Alfred Hill, 1932
Smith & Chambers Building, Alfred Hill, 1932

The style became more simplified by the 1930s.  And Napier didn’t really need luxury , she needed inexpensive buildings fast, and buildings that she could be proud of.

I need to make a point of going back to see as many building interiors as I can. I suspect that I’ll find some touches of luxury.

30's boy
30’s boy

A boy from the 1930s waves to his mother across Emerson Street.

30s mother
30s mother

In 1922 Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s nearly intact tomb. This sparked a renewed public interest in ancient Egypt, and Egyptian motifs showed up in the decorative elements of Art Deco architecture. Hotel Central Provincial Hotel, below, is a great example.

Hotel Central Provincial Hotel, EA Williams, 1932
Hotel Central Provincial Hotel, EA Williams, 1932

Zoom in for a close look at the ziggurats, the lotus and falcons on the capitals, and the sunbursts and the zigzag patterns.

Hotel Central Provincial Hotel, EA Williams, 1932
Hotel Central Provincial Hotel, EA Williams, 1932

Colenso Chambers, below, has a nice Spanish Missions style.

Colenso Chambers, EA Williams, 1932
Colenso Chambers, EA Williams, 1932
Colenso Chambers, EA Williams, 1932
Colenso Chambers, EA Williams, 1932

The Provincial Hotel, below, is another example of the Spanish Missions style.

The Provincial Hotel, 1932
The Provincial Hotel, 1932

Trinity Methodist Church was built in 1876. It’s a great example of colonial wooden church architecture. It’s now the only church in Napier’s city center built before the 1931 earthquake.

Trinity Methodist Church, 1876
Trinity Methodist Church, 1876

The Public Trust Office, below, is a Classical Revival design, not really in favor by the 1930s. It’s solid mass allowed it to survive the quake.

The Public Trust Office, 1922
The Public Trust Office, 1922

The term Art Deco was coined for that style only in the 1960s. During rebuilding the people of Napier only knew that they were building one of the most modern cities architecturally in the world.

Madisons, 1932
Madisons, 1932

Much of Napier, today’s Art Deco Capital of the world, was rebuilt in just two years.

Scinde Building, EA Williams and HA Westerholm, 1932
Scinde Building, EA Williams and HA Westerholm, 1932

Of 164 buildings built between 1920 and 1940, 140 stand today.

Thorp's Building, Louis Hay, 1932
Thorp’s Building, Louis Hay, 1932

The Art Deco Capital is a well preserved relic of that time period.

Parker's Chambers, Louis Hay, 1932
Parker’s Chambers, Louis Hay, 1932

County Hotel was the second reinforced concrete building in Napier, which probably helped it survive the quake.

County Hotel, 1908, extension 1935
County Hotel, 1908, extension 1935

The earliest sections of the Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery were completed between 1936 and 1937.

Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery
Hawkes Bay Museum & Art Gallery

Pania was a beautiful sea maiden who fell in love with a Maori Chief. Their love couldn’t last, and Pania was drawn back to the sea to become the Pania Reef. Her statue in the Art Deco Capital is one of the most photographed sights in New Zealand.

Pania of the Reef, 1954
Pania of the Reef, 1954

This is one of my longer posts, but there are a lot of great buildings in the Art Deco Capital that I haven’t shown you. Many more are included in the full gallery of 80 pictures below.

Trees of the American northwest in Holt Forest

The Holts were inspired by a year working in the conifer forests of the American northwest to create their own “forest of fine trees” in New Zealand. They spent over 45 years collecting and planting over 500 species of indigenous and introduced plants. In 1962 Holt Forest was designated a wildlife sanctuary and gifted to the people of New Zealand.

Holt Forest
Holt Forest

A map at the carpark helps you find your way around, and to identify the trees.

Map of Holt Forest
Map of Holt Forest

I followed the sign for the toilet, rather than following the road in, and ended up on the track marked 5.

Entrance
Entrance

It showed recent work, which is a good sign that the forest is tended. Holt Forest is in the middle of nowhere, and I saw no signs that other people were there during my visit.

The forest was immediately reminiscent of the American northwest. New Zealand bush usually looks very different.

Conifers in Holt Forest
Conifers in Holt Forest

The work only went so far along the track however, and it didn’t take long before it became very difficult to even recognize as a track. I found this to be true of many of the tracks, which are shown on the map as dashed lines.

I retreated to Multnomah Road, cut over to Low Road past The Lake, and continued along Hill Road.

The Lake
The Lake

Along Hill Road the trees are identified with signs, so I can tell you that those in the picture below are mixed cedars.

Mixed cedars
Mixed cedars

The most imposing giants in this forest are this pair of Eucalyptus obliqua, commonly known as Australian oak, brown top, brown top stringbark, messmate, messmate stringybark, stringybark, and Tasmanian oak, a hardwood tree native to south-eastern Australia.

Eucalyptus obliqua
Eucalyptus obliqua
Eucalyptus obliqua
Eucalyptus obliqua

Algae covered pools seem to inhabit most of the low areas of this hilly terrain.

Algae covered pool
Algae covered pool

The beautiful setting below is where the connecting road from Hill Road meets Low Road.

Low Road
Low Road

Here you can see the striking contrast between New Zealand and North American forest as the fern trees thrive beneath the sparse canopy of the much taller pines.

Fern trees and conifers
Fern trees and conifers
Fern trees and conifers
Fern trees and conifers

The fork of Low Road and Multnomah Road also shows interesting contrast.

Low Road and Multnomah Road
Low Road and Multnomah Road

I could spend more time in Holt Forest, enjoying the tall trees in quiet solitude, and exploring the wilder tracks.

Getting there is very enjoyable as well.  The landscape is pretty epic, and I get the impression that local farmers are by far the most frequent travelers of these roads.

Tangoio landscape
Tangoio landscape

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Maraetotara Falls & Maraetotara Falls Heritage Walk

Maraetotara Falls Heritage Walk is a short but scenic drive from Hastings. Most of the way it’s the same route as to Ocean Beach. This beautiful day saw lots of paragliders circling peaks reminiscent of Te Mata Peak.

One entrance to Maraetotara Falls Heritage Walk
One entrance to Maraetotara Falls Heritage Walk

Maraetotara Road widens to provide ample parking. There are at least two different entrances to the walkway. Above is the second when approaching from Waimarama Road.

Near one entrance to the walkway
Near one entrance to the walkway

From the entrance I descended to the river. A path follows the river in both directions. There is no indication of the way to the falls, so I headed east.

Maraetotara River?
Maraetotara River?

I assume that the water tower just visible through the trees below was part of the historic Havelock North hydro-electric power station. It is visible from Maraetotara Road, and marks another entrance to the walkway.

Water tower
Water tower

I’ve read that I could walk about an hour on the tracks around the falls.  There wasn’t so much daylight left on a winter’s day, and the river is in a gully, so after walking some distance to the east, I decided that the falls was in the other direction, and turned back to the west.

The falls walkway
The falls walkway

The smaller falls are the first you see.  These flow over pipes that I believe used to carry water to the power plant.

Smaller falls
Smaller falls

From what I’ve read I can’t quite tell whether the falls themselves were actually created to power the plant.  It is clear that people enjoy swimming in the pool in the summer.

Maraetotara Falls
Maraetotara Falls

It’s a beautiful setting, a great place for a swim, and a good place for a short walk.

Maraetotara Falls
Maraetotara Falls

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Te Ana Falls & Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve

Te Ana Falls can be accessed via an easy walk along Kareaara Stream. From the car park a bouncy, well-built suspension bridge provides access to the reserve. There’s a small sheltered picnic area just on the other side of the stream.

Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve
Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve

The walk to the falls is 30 minutes return from the Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve parking area, located 27 km north of Napier on State Highway 2.

Kareaara Stream
Kareaara Stream

The trail follows the attractive Kareaara Stream most of the way. We passed lots of muddy children on the way, but there are no real climbs on the way to Te Ana Falls, so the footing wasn’t much of a problem.

Kareaara Stream
Kareaara Stream

Right before the falls the bush takes on a unique look.

Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve
Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve

This is one of the most interesting forests I’ve ever seen.

Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve
Tangoio Falls Scenic Reserve

Te Ana Falls, also called Ann’s Falls, has a pool at the base that would be good for cooling off on a hot day.

Te Ana Falls
Te Ana Falls

Another 15 minutes uphill leads to Tangoio Falls. Unfortunately, as we climbed it became clear that the muddy track was going to be dangerous on the way down, so we carefully retreated, and saved Tangoio Falls for a drier day.

Track to Tangoio Falls
Track to Tangoio Falls

Another walking option is the Tangoio Walkway, about 2 hours one way uphill to White Pine Bush. It is recommended to start at White Pine Bush if walking the track in only one direction. I would guess that this track too is better avoided in wet conditions.

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White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve, home of King Kahikatea

White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve offers a 30 minute loop through well-preserved old-growth native forest, with the option to extend the walk with another 30 minute loop.

White Pine Bush
White Pine Bush

Leaving the car park, a small bridge crosses a picturesque stream. The water is very clear and the lucky visitor might see small fish, eels or koura (freshwater crayfish).

Stream - White Pine Bush
Stream

The tracks of the first loop are excellent, even in wet conditions.  The second loop’s tracks are very good as well.

The two loops connect at a picnic area next to the stream. Extending the walk is an easy choice; the most huge and impressive old trees are found on this track, including King Kahikatea.

King Kahikatea - White Pine Bush
King Kahikatea

A boardwalk encourages visitors to stay off of the roots of most of the trees in this area. This kept me close to the huge King Kahikatea, and I was unsuccessful at doing it justice in pictures.

King Kahikatea - White Pine Bush
King Kahikatea

Later in the loop King Kahikatea can be seen towering over the rest of the forest. Kahikatea is the Maori name for white pine.

King Kahikatea - White Pine Bush
King Kahikatea

I’m happier with the pictures of the giants below. Unfortunately I’m not able to accurately identify them.

White Pine Bush
White Pine Bush

The pics above and below were shot on a sunnier day when dangerously wet tracks cut my walk short at a nearby reserve.

White Pine Bush
White Pine Bush

Walks in White Pine Bush are very easy, and popular with kids. On my first visit I met a couple of boys with their grandparents. They collected an impressive number of painted rocks. There were far more here than anywhere I’ve seen, at least before these kids finished their walk.

Hunters rock
Hunters rock

White Pine Bush Scenic Reserve is 30 km north of Napier on State Highway 2.

New growth from old
New growth from old

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Te Mata Park’s Big Redwoods Track

The Big Redwoods Track in Te Mata Park is 2.7km long and takes about an hour to walk. At the beginning it follows a similar route to the Karaka Wander. At the end it follows a route similar to Giant Circuit. In this post I haven’t included pics of a lot of things that are shared with tracks I’ve shown you in previous posts, but this track’s scenery is as epic as any in the park, and takes in both large redwood groves.

Limestone caves - Big Redwoods Track
Limestone caves

Te Mata Park’s mountain bike tracks really look like a lot of fun.

Mountain bike track and limestone cliffs
Mountain bike track and limestone cliffs

The Big Redwoods is a peaceful place with lots of space and lots of shade. A covered picnic area invites you to take a break, and stay for lunch.

Big Redwoods Grove
Big Redwoods Grove

These are the tallest and oldest redwoods in Te Mata Park.

The Big Redwoods
The Big Redwoods

There are the usual limestone cliffs, and other photogenic landscape.

Te Mata Park - Big Redwoods Track
Te Mata Park

Lemon-scented eucalyptus are beautiful trees and I’m glad I finally know them by name. These look like they’ve survived a fire.

Lemon-scented eucalyptus
Lemon-scented eucalyptus

Once the track joins with Giant Circuit it eventually passes one end of the other redwood grove, planted in 1974 by the Hastings Rotary Club.

Rotary Redwood grove
Rotary Redwood grove

I’ve returned often enough that every walk in Te Mata Park takes me to parts of the park that I’ve seen before, but they’re well worth revisiting. Every walk also shows me something new. This post doesn’t really do justice to Big Redwoods Track.

Limestone half-dome
Limestone half-dome

Near the end of Big Redwoods Track is that great lookout point over the Heretaunga Plains, worth posting again.

Lookout over the Heretaunga Plains
Lookout over the Heretaunga Plains

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My visits with redwood trees in Hawkes Bay made me nostalgic for the giant redwoods of California. The internet turned up this great page that contains some epic photos, the best of which I’m sharing with you below.

The President, 247 feet tall
The President, 247 feet tall
General Sherman, at 275 ft, a diameter of 25 ft, an estimated bole volume of 52,513 cu ft, and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, is among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.
General Sherman, at 275 ft, a diameter of 25 ft, an estimated bole volume of 52,513 cu ft, and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years, is among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on the planet.
300 ft, 1,500 year old redwood
300 ft, 1,500 year old redwood

Piwakawaka Loop: redwoods, lemon eucalyptus, and fantails in Te Mata Park

Piwakawaka Loop is a 1.3km walk of about 40 minutes through Te Mata Park. It starts the same as 4 of the Top 5 Walking Tracks in Te Mata Park, in a clockwise direction from the Main Gates Car Park.

Near the start of 4 of the Top 5 Walking Tracks in Te Mata Park
Near the start of 4 of the Top 5 Walking Tracks in Te Mata Park

Soon the track ducks into a leafy tunnel. Green markers show the way.

Piwakawaka Loop diverges
Piwakawaka Loop diverges

I was surprised by a grove of redwoods that continues for some time. I’d only seen the other end of it previously, and never entered far into it. This is not the Big Redwoods Grove, but it is pretty big.

This grove was planted in 1974 by the Hastings Rotary Club with trees propagated by Don Wilson Nurseryman of Hastings using seeds imported from California. Redwoods seem to do well in New Zealand, and past residents of Hawkes Bay seem to have loved them.

Redwood grove
Redwood grove

This short loop track was given the Maori name for the fantails seen along the way. These curious little birds like to come up and say hello.

Piwakawaka (fantail)
Piwakawaka (fantail)

Lemon-scented eucalyptus are striking trees that always stand out from their surroundings. The essential oil of the tree is about 80% citronellal. Unrefined oil is used in perfume, and a refined form is used in insect repellents, especially against mosquitoes.

Lemon-scented eucalyptus - Piwakawaka Loop
Lemon-scented eucalyptus

The last part of the loop passes through the same landscapes as the beginning of Giant Circuit, and the end of some of the other walks in Te Mata Park.

Piwakawaka Loop
Piwakawaka Loop

Familiar sights include the view from the lookout near the Main Gates Car Park.

View over southern Hawkes Bay
View over southern Hawkes Bay

As I walk the tracks in Te Mata Park I get to know the park better as a whole while appreciating different areas and features. It’s nice to have a short walk like Piwakawaka Loop available, and its character makes it a unique Te Mata Park experience.

Please enjoy the full gallery of 8 pictures below.

Pakowhai Regional Park, The Dog Park

Pakowhai Regional Park is referred to as a country-style park. It is located near Hastings on either side of Raupare Stream. Ngaruroro River flows along its northern border. There are about 2km of easy walking tracks, open grassy areas, and a lot of interesting trees.

West from the car park - Pakowhai
West from the car park

The park was built in the bed where Ngaruroro River once flowed. The river was moved in 1969 as part of a flood control plan. Flood control features are easily recognized, such as the high banks. In places willow trees were planted to reinforce the banks.

From the car park the tracks follows Raupare Stream at varying distances.

Raupare Stream - Pakowhai
Raupare Stream

Soon you have to cross Raupare Stream in order to continue west.

Raupare Stream - Pakowhai
Raupare Stream

The park continues some distance to the west. A track along the river continues much further. I turned east instead. In the picture below you can see the Ngaruroro River and a track along the top of a stop bank.

Ngaruroro River - Pakowhai
Ngaruroro River

The park ends at the Pakowhai Road bridge over the Ngaruroro River. I was drawn to the graffiti and burned out car beneath the bridge.

Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River
Bridge over Ngaruroro River

The track continues a great distance to the east as well. I have a half-baked plan to follow this path to the pacific coast, and then to Napier.

This park is known to locals as The Dog Park, and it’s obvious that dog walking is a very popular use for the park.

The Dog Park - Pakowhai
The Dog Park

In the picture below you can see the long narrow island in the middle of Raupare Stream. There are bridges to the island and a track along much of its length.

Raupare Stream
Raupare Stream

Pakowhai Regional Park is a good place for a picnic or a short walk, especially if you have a dog.

Pakowhai Regional Park
Pakowhai Regional Park

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Te Mata Park’s Karaka Wander

Like all of the top 5 walking tracks in Te Mata Park, other than Giant Circuit, walking Karaka Wander in a clockwise direction is recommended. The track starts left of the signboard at the Main Gates Car Park. It is estimated to take 1 hour 15 minutes.

Near the start of Karaka Wander
Near the start of Karaka Wander

I would soon be amongst those great limestone cliffs. Glimpses appear early, but this trail starts in the bush.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

This walk is named for a grove of ~200 year old karaka trees along the way. Unfortunately I don’t recognize that tree well enough to know when I passed through that grove.  I suspect it was early on.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

Like the rest of Te Mata Park, this landscape looks best in panoramas.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

A lot of the walk follows the same long valley, between the same two ridges.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

The track emerges from the right side of the valley pictured below, and continues on the left side.  The track in the middle is for mountain bikes.  It looks like a lot of fun.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

I crossed the road for a look at the now-familiar view over the Tukituki River from Saddle Lookout.

View from Saddle Lookout
View from Saddle Lookout

There aren’t many trees on this side of the valley, so there are lots of great views.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

For me the highlight of this walk is the cliffs.

Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander
Karaka Wander

The last part of the track is back in the trees.  If I recall correctly, the track shown below is another mountain bike track.

Mountain bike track?
Mountain bike track?

These days it seems that there is always a painted rock.

Painted rock
Painted rock

Te Mata Park has a great landscape.  I’ve enjoyed every walk in the park so far.  Considering how easy it is to get there I predict that it won’t take long for me to do all of the named walks.  This park is also a big reminder that I need a mountain bike.

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Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track, a wetlands walk in Napier

Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track is an easy walk of about an hour. The track is a loop around the estuary.

Meeanee Quay entrance to the Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track
Meeanee Quay entrance to the Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track

Industrial Napier is always in the background, but I was surprised to feel that I was well away from it all.

Ahuriri Estuary
Ahuriri Estuary

In southern Hawkes Bay I have observed that Pou Whenua are popular in threes. Note that I do have a tendency to think I’ve spotted a trend after just two examples.

Ahuriri Estuary
Ahuriri Estuary

Like Pekapeka Wetlands, Ahuriri is an important refuge for a wide variety of wading birds including grey herons, royal spoonbills, pied stilts, and occasionally shags, kingfishers and  gannets. Of course a lot of fish, mud dwellers and aquatic plant life call it home as well.

Ahuriri Estuary, Bluff Hill in the background
Ahuriri Estuary, Bluff Hill in the background

The estuary was once much larger than it is today.  The 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake, New Zealand‘s largest natural disaster, raised some 40 square km of sea-bed to become dry land. This included Ahuriri Lagoon, which was lifted more than 2.7 meters and resulted in draining 5510 acres of the lagoon. Today, this land is the location of Hawkes Bay Airport, housing and industrial developments and farmland. The new land is easy to recognize on Google Maps.

Comparison map of the extent of Ahuriri Lagoon before(left) and after(right) the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake.
Comparison map of the extent of Ahuriri Lagoon before(left) and after(right) the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake. – from Wikimedia Commons

Most of Napier was leveled in the quake and subsequent fires.  The rebuilding in the style of the early ’30s resulted in a famous collection of Art Deco architecture.

Ahuriri Estuary Walk
Ahuriri Estuary Walk

The track is very good, firmly packed gravel in some places, boardwalk in others.

Estuary boardwalk
Estuary boardwalk

I didn’t think to check the tide while I was there.  I suspect the water gets a lot higher.

Estuary boardwalk
Estuary boardwalk

Ahuriri Estuary Walking Track is a pleasant wetlands walk.

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