Knit August Nights was held at Ahuriri in Napier. I had not been to Napier for about 25 odd years! It is New Zealand's outstanding art deco capital. In 1931 the city was virtually totally destroyed by an earthquake and so was rebuilt. We had a couple of hours to run around the city centre and really admire the gorgeous architecture. We had quite a few locals stop and chat to us and tell us the history of particular buildings etc - everyone was so friendly. I love cities like this. Everything has been kept so beautifully and it is a lovely tidy city too. I'm taking the husband back one day - I was that impressed! It is only an hour flight from home (or a 6 hour car drive).
The Pania of the Reef statue was fab to see - I vaguely remember her from my childhood too.
It was so great to visit somewhere that I had not been to for so long! I've certainly seen quite a bit of New Zealand this year.
Locals tell me the best time to visit is the Art Deco weekend held every year.