I will be in Auckland in Feb 2103 & have always wanted to visit Napier ( to see the buildings), & Hawke's Bay (summer fruit & wine).
Just realized that my planned trip (Thur to Sat) coincides with Art Deco Weekend.
I don't intend to go to the events, but will happily watch a parade or enjoy the music if it happen to be around.
Should I avoid the area altogether, or can I still have an enjoyable time without being caught in traffic or paying exorbitant return airfare from Auckland or sky high hotel rates?
If still possible to visit from Thur to Sat, can you suggest a base from where I can easily get to the Napier airport , drive around the region & have some respite from the thousands of people expected?