Story: Hawke’s Bay region

Spanish mission style (3rd of 5)

Click on arrow to see more detail.

The Spanish mission style of architecture originated in the south-west of the United States and was popular in other countries with a similar warm climate. Design elements include smooth cream-coloured walls, tiled parapets and roofs, and wrought-iron balconies. The Hawke’s Bay Opera House, built in 1915, is an early example of this style, which is common in Hastings. Now known as Toitoi, the building reopened in 2020 after earthquake strengthening.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Janine Faulknor

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Hawke’s Bay region - Arts, culture and built heritage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Jul 2015