Hawkes Bay Club 1931 after the earthquake. Damage was confined to the roof top area and the building piles. Next door is Doctor Moore’s Hospital - on a lean. Before the earthquake they had excavated an area behind the hospital to make way for parking, however this area weakened the structure of the building, causing it to lean. It was pulled down in 1931 and the Napier Club (middle class), was erected.
Hawkes Bay Club, (gentlemen’s club), formed in 1863 survived the earthquake. This club is the forth oldest club in New Zealand. The building has been built in stages. The top section in 1906, the billard/snooker room in 1880. A look inside the club will take you back in time.
The Hawke’s Bay Club 1863 is New Zealand’s fourth oldest club and survivor of New Zealand’s greatest disaster, the 1931 Napier Earthquake. A look inside is like going back in time, the beautiful rimu timber is visible from the foyer, the old leather oval couch, the grandfather clock, the stairway to the rooms upstairs, inside is very much of old English style. Take a tour through history, the billiard room 1880, the smell of oldness is still there, the dinning room the Kings and Queens of England surround the walls like a gallery, the chandeliers from Czechoslovakia are stunning.
A look upstairs, the quaint bedrooms where Edward the 8th stayed. Room 5 with its small bar looks out to two survivors of the Earthquake, Conservation House and the County Hotel, Napiers oldest and finest. From the balcony a picturesque look along the Marine Parade, the Norfolk pines perhaps no finest display in the world. From the balcony we show you large photographs of the area before and after the earthquake.
On the Tour we unlock many of Napier’s and New Zealand’s untold stories , Edward VIII Conscience Cup , Bledisloe Cup, New Zealand only battleship, strange portraits and the friendly ghost. This is an exclusive entertaining Tour, to be in this building is a privilege, so don’t leave without taking the history away.