F.G. Smith in Ahuriri - Venue for hire
Ahuriri Napier, event venue
Full of locals which is always a good sign, the F.G. Smith venue in Napier’s cool Ahuriri district has a nice vibe for a party or a relaxed event and what they call good indoor-outdoor flow. Great fun for an intimate wedding or special occasion. The interior, a cafe by day and event space in the evenings, has an urban feel with painted exposed rafters and a well polished concrete floor. There is a smart, arty feel to the decor – the fur cushions are a nice touch.
Outside in the large courtyard the town meets the country – you can mill around the veggie garden and smell the herbs, or sit under the shade sails until the sun goes down and the fairy lights come on.
Catering is excellent and in-house – canapes to banquets – and the bar is fully licensed until midnight.
There is a minimum bar/catering spend which may be offset against the venue hire charge.
- Bond/Deposit Required
- In-house catering
- Outdoor seating
- Tables & chairs included
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Beautifully preserved 1930s architecture is Napier’s special point of difference.
A national disaster resulted in Napier becoming one of the purest Art Deco cities in the world. On the morning of February 3rd 1931 a massive earthquake – 7.9 on the Richter scale – rocked Hawke’s Bay for more than three minutes. Nearly 260 lives were lost and the vast majority of buildings in the commercial centre of Napier were destroyed, either by the quake itself or the fires that followed.
Rebuilding began almost immediately, and much of it was completed in two years. New buildings reflected the architectural styles of the times – Stripped Classical, Spanish Mission and Art Deco. Local architect Louis Hay, an admirer of the great Frank Lloyd Wright, had his chance to shine. Maori motifs were employed to give the city a unique New Zealand character – for example, the ASB bank on the corner of Hastings and Emerson Streets features Maori koru and zigzags.
Napier is one of Hawke’s Bay’s “twin cities” and has a great range of accommodation and activities.