|Boats sailing along the coast|
|The harbourside at Ahuriri|
|View of the Union Hotel looking down of Waghorne St|
During the Great Depression the National Tobacco Company produced only pipe and cigarette tobacco, not cigarettes so it was able to sell it's products at affordable prices and this is the reason why Gerhard Husheer, the owner of the company, could afford such an extravagent administration building.
|The National Tobacco Company Building is one of Louis Hay's finest and best preserved buildings|
|The design combines elements of Chicago School, Art Deco and Art Noveau|
The exterior of the building is decorated with roses and grapevines and the theme is continued inside the building with stucco roses on the pillars and fruit in the leadlight windows and foyer ceiling dome. The elaborate carved wooden doors are reputed to have cost £600, back in the day when an average working man's annual wage was £100!
|Ornate brass lamp at the entrance|
|Stucco panels featuring roses and raupō|
|The large leadlight glass dome in the foyer|
|Roses combined with oranges feature in the leadlight windows|
|The elegant and luxurious foyer features marble panelling and carved oak|
Walking back into town along the foreshore, we saw the RNZAF Red Checkers (the New Zealand equivalent of the Red Arrows) performing more daredevil stunts over the skies of the city.
To get in the mood of the day we changed into our Deco outfits (inspired a little from all the episodes of Boardwalk Empire we've been watching recently!) before catching the Bathing Belles event at the Sound Shell. There was an array of bathing costumes and even a couple of men got in on the act!
|The New Napier Arch at the Colonnade|
|The Bathing Belles (and blokes) event at the Sound Shell|
Next on our list of things to do was to play a round on the Par 2 Mini Golf course. All players with Art Deco attire received a discount so it had to be done. It took all my skill but I just managed to beat Lizzie on the Pacific Pro-Am course, obviously I was a gracious winner!
|The water hazard at hole 14|
|Hats off to the winner!|
For the evening, we split our time between the Twilight Toe Tap and the Saturday Night at the Shell events. The Twilight Toe Tap was street jazz at it's best on Emerson Street outside the Spanish-style Criterion Hotel (1932). There were all styles of dances from tangos to foxtrots, essentially anything goes and anyone was welcome to join in. I even had a couple of dances with Lizzie, although we were put to shame by everyone else!
|The jazz band at Market St|
|Dancing the night away outside the Criterion Hotel|
Over at the Sound Shell, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band were preforming on the stage. It was a good way to relax in the Colonnade with a cup of hot chocolate for the evening...
|A crowd walking up Emerson St towards Marine Parade|
|Vintage Bentley car outside the Masonic Hotel|