The best view of central Napier is from Clyde Road. This is a very small and residential street. I would not recommend driving up to this part of Bluff Hill. It’s a short but steep walk up the hill from the city. From here we get a fantastic view of some of the iconic Art Deco architecture of Napier. In the foreground is The Country Hotel on Browning Street. A couple of blocks back is The Dome on the corner of Emerson Street and Marine Parade. This spot also shows how flat the city is. Perfect for walking or cycling along the waterfront. It also gives a lovely view south out into the Hawke Bay. This was taken on a clear evening so we can see all the way to Cape Kidnappers peninsula, about 15 kilometres south.
This is the HYBYCOZO and Vesica Aotearoa Sunscope installation on Marine Parade in Napier. Photographed here at dusk with the camera as low as possible. HYBYCOZO stands for Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone. They’re a collaborative public art and design studio with installations around the world. This Sunscape is about three metres across and approximately 6cm thick. In this evening light it looks brown but it is in fact gold-coated. The way this is placed by the beach the sun rises up behind the sculpture. I’ve seen some great sunrise photographs with the sun in the middle of the Sunscape. Next time I’m in Napier I’ll have to get up early one morning for a sunrise shot.
Whenever visiting a city I’m on the look out for lookouts. The city of Napier has Bluff Hill Lookout. This spot doesn’t have a view of the central city to the south. Looking north over Breakwater Road gives this great view down into the Port of Napier. In the foreground the purple flowers are agapanthus. They’re a pretty flower but here in New Zealand they are an invasive weed that has become a threat to native plants. Napier Port is the second largest export port in New Zealand. Exporting a lot of apples, pears stone fruit and wine grown in the Hawke Bay area. As you can see there is also a huge amount of wood that leaves the country from this port.
The Dome is an iconic landmark building in the heart of Napier. Built in 1935 it was originally the home of Temperance General Insurance. After the devastating 1931 earthquake destroyed most of the city. The design was based on the architectural style of the day, Art Deco and Spanish Mission. Napier is now internationally recognised as the Art Deco Capital of the World. I have photographed The Dome before. It was on my first visit to the city. Apart from the better angle of the latest photograph above. Getting further from the building and zooming in from across the road makes for better symmetry of the architecture. Taking it at sunset gives the photograph a warm glow. The other thing I notice between the old 2013 photograph of The Dome and the above. The Starbucks Coffee sign has been updated to be more in keeping with the building style and much more subtle. Planning a trip to Napier I considered staying at The Dome. It was the lack of parking that stopped me and ended up in a lovely AirBnB in nearby Hospital Hill.