City homes clustered on a hill (with a view of the Pacific).
There's a walkway along the water.
It leads to the port. Many cruise ships dock here as well as freighters.
The steep streets have a most engaging arrangement of homes, greenery tumbling from every crevice.
A glimpse from the walkway we took up Bluff Hill.
Lumber awaits transport.
Spring bloomers at the top of Bluff Hill.
From there it's downhill to the path along Breakwater Road on the water's edge A right-hand turn takes us into the park running parallel to the city.
Nowhere else can you see such a variety of buildings in the styles of the 1930s - Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission, and above all Art Deco, the style of the 20th Century. Napier's Art Deco is unique, with Maori motifs and the buildings of Louis Hay, admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright.
We could have spent much more time in this sweet city.
Extremely lovely park downtown.
Many of the deco buildings are clustered on this main street, cafes and palms contributing to its gentle ease.
A fitting typeface
As we walked back to our tiny airbnb, we passed some other wee cottages along Shakespeare.