Promoting New Zealand's Tourism Through Full-Immersion, Virtual Reality
Napier is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture, built after much of the city was razed in the 1931 Hawkes Bay Earthquake. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef, as well as being home the country’s oldest prison, which is now a backpackers. Thousands of people flock to Napier every February for the Tremains Art Deco Weekend event, a celebration of its Art Deco heritage and history. Other notable tourist events attracting many outsiders to the region annually include F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic events, and the Mission Estate Concert at Mission Estate and Winery in the suburb of Taradale.