Foodie revolution in New Zealand

Coastal city Napier in the Hawke's Bay region is leading the charge to draw travellers hungry for a gastronomic experience

It is seven o'clock on a Saturday night when I step outside the Art Deco Masonic Hotel, the slick 1930s-style boutique inn where I am staying. It is early May and the rain-soaked streets of Napier are empty.

The self-styled Art Deco Capital of the World is best known for its pastel-hued architecture, mostly built between 1931 and 1933 after the Hawke's Bay earthquake - one of New Zealand's deadliest natural disasters - flattened most of the town. But I am not here for the coastal city's buildings or history, fascinating as they both are.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 09, 2019, with the headline 'Foodie revolution in New Zealand'. Print Edition | Subscribe