Art Deco Weekend on a Budget

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Money can still be a little tight after Christmas, New Years, holidays and great events happening all over the place, so we put together a guide for doing Termain’s Art Deco Weekend on a budget. Right from the opening ceremony to the closing of the weekend, you can enjoy this fantastic Napier event¬†without breaking the budget.

Powhiri – Opening the Tremain’s Art Deco Weekend. ¬†– Free Event – 32 West Quay Ahuriri, Napier

Wednesday 17 Febuary – 7.50am

Join local Iwi, the Art Deco Trust and Napier City Council for the opening of Termain’s Art Deco Weekend. The Powhiri (traditional Maori welcome) will feature the Te Matau a Maui waka being welcomed into Napier’s inner harbour by local kaumatua and kapa haka groups.

Gatsby Picnic – Free – Tom Parker Fountain to HB Toyota Sound Shell, Marine Parade, Napier.

Sunday 21 February – 1pm to 5.15pm

Gather your friends and family, dress in your best art deco finery, lay down the picnic blanket and relax in the afternoon sun. Don’t forget to take your best tea set and fine china to compete for best picnic site. Set up by 1.30 when the Dilmah judges will choose the best tea setting and award a wonderful Dilmah prize, or just relax and enjoy the wonderful 1930’s atmosphere.

Vintage Car Parade – Free to view – Clive Square to Marine Parade.

Saturday 20 February – 12.30pm

Watch as the auto’s of the 1930’s sweep through town, the vintage cars, bikes and everything auto will crawl from Clive Square to Marine Parade via lower and upper Emerson Street, finishing at the Hawke’s Bay Toyota Sound Shell. The parade starts at 12.30pm and the cars will be on display at HB Toyota Sound Shell from 1.30pm, with prizes for the best auto’s being awarded to 2pm. This years parade will be lead by the 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, one of the 15 attending this years event.

Soap Box Derby – Free – Tennyson St, Napier

Sunday 21 February – 10.30am

This is one of the weekend’s most popular events. The annual soap box derby competition, where children and they’re parents race home-made carts, while thousands watch on. If you’re watching, cheer loud and watch as children drive their carts to the finish line in these exciting races. If you’re competiting, entry forms, rules and specifications can be found at and best of luck!

Brebner Print Memorial Flying Displays – Free – HB Toyota Sound Shell, Emerson Street and Marine Parade.

Friday 19 February – 7.45pm, Saturday 20 February – 12.15pm and Sunday 21 February – 2pm.

Watch as these wonderful vintage planes fly over the sunny sky’s of Napier. They’ll perform spectacular maneuvers, group displays and have you asking how they stay in the sky. How will you know to look up and see these fantastic vintage planes? You’ll hear them before you see them.

“Tea Inspired Me” Photo Competition – Free – CAN Creative Arts Napier, 16 Bryon Street, Napier.

Friday 12 February to Wednesday 24 February – 10am till 2pm daily.

View the national finalist’s entries for the “Tea Inspired Me” Dilmah and Canon NZ photo competition.

Dilmah Hightail Tea Dance – Free – Lower Lawn, Marine Parade, Napier.

Sunday 21 Feburary – 1pm

Grab your dancing shoes, and move to the beat of the 1930’s. Dilmah are reintroducing the traditional “Tea Dance” as a part of the Gatsby Picnic. So dance the day away, and enjoy a refreshing Dilmah Iced Tea. A perfect and fitting end to a fabulous weekend.


For more information about the other great events happening during the Termain’s Art Deco Weekend, download your copy of the Termain’s Art Deco Weekend Guide. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and take a hat when getting out and enjoying the phenomenal atmosphere of Napier during it’s busiest weekend.

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