Actor, singer and dancer Shane Cortese and his dance star wife Nerida have arrived in Napier for the 29th big festival which is set to officially start today.

It will be the third visit for the couple, although they are not the only well-known faces set to enjoy the fashion, fun and festivities.

This year's Tremains Art Deco Festival is shaping up to be a star-studded one as Newstalk ZB radio host Kerre McIvor and Masterchef's Brett McGregor are also arriving.

For Mr Cortese there was never any doubt about returning.


"The Tremains Art Deco Festival is hands-down our favourite event in New Zealand," he said.

"We love the music, the clothes, the amazing party vibe and super-friendly people and are thrilled to be able to return for another great weekend."

For Ms McIvor it will be her first visit and she was getting excited about it.

"I've got all my outfits sorted and really can't wait to come down to Napier and get amongst the music, fashion and fanfare," she said.

"The Art Deco Festival has been on my bucket list for a long time".

Ms McIvor is broadcasting from Napier.

Annie Dundas, General Manager, Hawke's Bay Tourism said the growing attraction of the Art Deco Festival to mainstream and media stars was a real testament to the quality of the festival and overall appeal of Hawke's Bay.

"Hawke's Bay Tourism is delighted to be able to facilitate their attendance over the weekend through our PR and media programme," she said.

Former Masterchef winner and New Zealand celebrity chef Brett McGregor will demonstrate and serve tea inspiration from his Taste of a Traveller TV series at the "High Tea Affair" event on Saturday in the Tremains Marquee on the Marine Parade lower lawn, courtesy of Art Deco Festival sponsor Dilmah Tea.