Story: Bay of Plenty places

Art deco architecture

Art deco architecture

When the Rangitāiki swamp was drained and converted to farmland, Whakatāne grew rapidly as a farm service town. A hotel built there in 1879 was replaced by this one in 1939, when the art deco style was popular.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Bay of Plenty places - Whakatāne', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2022)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Jul 2015