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National Tobacco Company Building

Admire this stunning pastel-coloured building, which combines art deco architecture with lavish art nouveau details.

The National Tobacco Company Building, like much of the city of Napier, was built to replace an earlier building after a devastating earthquake hit the town in 1931. Gaze at the exquisite rose motifs and subtle vine patterning of its façade as well as the rows of perfectly receding rectangular forms. Step through the door to explore a sumptuous marble interior.

After being founded in the early 1900s, the National Tobacco Company was suddenly without a headquarters following the Hawke’s Bay earthquake in 1931. Despite the urgency of the situation and the dire economic environment of the era, company owner Gerhard Husheer was not willing to compromise and sent back the first set of plans from architect Louis Hay demanding something more elaborate. See the result of Hay’s redesign, which successfully marries elements of both art nouveau and art deco.

Study the cream and pink façade and the elegant arch above the entrance. Examine the delicate floral motifs, some of which resemble the raupo bulrush, a plant native to New Zealand. Higher up, wrapping around the corners at either end of the building’s front, are grapevines. These reference the region’s wine-producing heritage.

All of these elements draw the observer’s eye toward the gorgeous wooden door at the centre. Before heading inside, enjoy a stroll around the building’s perimeter. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that the style and decoration of the main façade is not repeated to the same extent on the rest of the building. Elsewhere, the design is much simpler.

The complex remains a working factory; however, visitors are welcome to enter the main foyer. Ascend the small staircase leading inside and find yourself in a room with a striking marble dado. The most impressive feature here is the grand, domed skylight. Notice how the light from this fills the whole room.

The National Tobacco Company Building is in the Ahuriri district, a 5-minute drive north of central Napier. Feel free to visit the building at any time, though the foyer is only open to the public during normal working hours.


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50 Waghorne Street, Ahuriri, Napier
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Napier hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of National Tobacco Company Building, Napier Botanical Gardens and Pandora Pond. Faraday Centre and Marine Parade are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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    Scenic Hotel Te Pania

    45 Marine Parade, Napier South, Napier
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from War Memorial Conference Center, Ocean Spa and Pania of the Reef. MTG Hawke's Bay Museum and Marine Parade are also within 5 minutes.

      The Crown Hotel Napier CA $153
      The Crown Hotel Napier

      The Crown Hotel Napier

      Cnr Bridge Street and Hardinge Road, Napier
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Napier, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of National Tobacco Company Building and Pandora Pond. Napier Beach and Ahuriri Estuary are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Harbour View Seaside Accommodation Napier CA $207
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        Harbour View Seaside Accommodation Napier

        60 Nelson Quay, Napier
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Offering direct access to the beach, this Napier motel is on the boardwalk and within 2 mi (3 km) of Napier Beach, Marine Parade and Ocean Spa. Municipal Theatre and Bluff Hill Domain Lookout are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Beach Front Motel Napier CA $130
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          Beach Front Motel Napier

          373 Marine Parade, Napier
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Napier, this beach motel is steps away from Marine Parade and Napier Beach. National Aquarium of New Zealand and Opossum World are also within 10 minutes.

            expressotel CA $122
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            expressotel

            Corner Clive Square and Tennyson Streets, Napier
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Municipal Theatre, MTG Hawke's Bay Museum and Marine Parade. Faraday Centre and Opossum World are also within 10 minutes.

              Fairley Motor Lodge CA $133
              Fairley Motor Lodge

              Fairley Motor Lodge

              1 Tareha Street, Napier
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Westshore, this beach motel is within a 15-minute walk of Ahuriri Estuary and Pandora Pond. National Tobacco Company Building and McLean Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                East Pier Hotel CA $162
                East Pier Hotel

                East Pier Hotel

                50 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Napier hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Municipal Theatre, Napier Prison and Napier Beach. Centennial Gardens and Marine Parade are also within 2 mi (3 km).