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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier January 16th 2017

The days are flying by! We are just leaving Napier, was so nice. The ferry from Picton to Wellington was a rough, overcast and windy with 2-3 mitre waves. Wellington was overcast and really windy, thought it would blow the car off the road. Drove straight to Napier, about 3/4's of the way there the clouds disappeared and the interior of the car started heating up. We found a tent site at Kennedy Holiday Resort. It's a huge but lovely holiday park run by the municipality, very close to CBD (central business district). Nice kitchens, bbq, pools, etc. Day one we wandered around checked out the town and looked at the architecture. There was a big earthquake here in 1931 so all the rebuild is Art Deco. We went and saw the film at the Art ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier March 31st 2016

We fancied a change from motorhome meals and drive into Napier for dinner. On the way in I kept thinking that there must be a vinegar factory in Napier as the smell in the motorhome was really quite powerful. Then it struck me, we've got a leak! Lea and Perrin's was the culprit. Fortunately, the dribble on the carpet came up quickly and the half bottle that was spilt was no where to be seen in the cupboard? So, we're resigned to the fact that the smell will take a while to disapate. A wander around Napier and the Art Deco buildings are really quite amazing, almost like a model town. We found a bistro and had a great meal and finished off with a walk along the beachfront. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier March 31st 2016

Hawkes Bay is big on orchards and wineries, so it seemed rude not to visit the later. There was a great one recommended in our guide book and it was the best meal we've had so far. The seating was big wooden tables with sheepskin rug benches and a veranda made from the red leaves of many grape vines. Naturally, we bought one of their reds to sample this evening. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier March 31st 2016

Post lunch we parked up in Napier and hired some bikes for an hour of leisurely cycling along the beachfront cycle path. Cas and I went for the tandem and the first few minutes were a little wobbly. I teased her about falling asleep and leaving me to do the peddling. After returning the bikes, we spent a couple of hours wandering the streets of Napier, principle to find Cas a pair of headphones and Hat another dress. We came back without either. Apparently, the clothes are very dated. There was a free DOC site further down Hawkes Bay, but when we arrived it was full of gypsy caravans, there is some kind of gathering going on, so we decided to find a paid for site in Hastings.... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier November 2nd 2015

Hallo ihr Lieben, Mittlerweile sind wir schon über 2 Monate in Neuseeland. Für uns vergeht die Zeit wie im Flug, es ist kaum vorstellbar wieviel wir die letzten Wochen bereits erlebt haben und wie viele tolle Menschen wir bereits kennengelernt haben. Wir sind jetzt seit ca. 5 Wochen in Napier und leben in ,,Wally's Backpacker's''. Seit 3 Wochen arbeiten wir 5 bis 6 Tage die Woche um die 9 Stunden auf verschiedenen Kiwi Orchyards und machen Kiwithinning bzw Kiwiflowerpicking - ziemlich eintönige Arbeit, bei der man Kiwiknospen von den Pflanzen abtrennt. Allerdings haben wir hier die Möglichkeit unsere Reisekasse für die kommenden Sommermonate aufzustocken, damit wir diese eben auch richtig genießen können und uns keine Gedanken ums Geld machen müssen. Obwohl das Hostel an sich nicht wirklich schön und schon gar nicht für um die 60 ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier May 23rd 2015

The day started like yesterday, off to a winery to taste some more local wines and then onto another and finally we made it to a brewery which was the best. We ordered our lunch and sampled three different brews each - it was raining outside but we didn’t care. A young woman visiting the brewery was also celebrating her birthday so we took a picture of them together just for the fun of it and then we all sang Happy Birthday. Our guide presented Jerry with a 4 pack of the Reserve beer as a present which I thought was so sweet. We enjoyed our tour through the town of Napier which is very Art Deco and fun to look at although they do have a sad story which was an earthquake that devastated their ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier March 10th 2015

Spent some time in this lovely Art Deco town pretty much rebuilt in the 1930s following a devastating earthquake. The art deco architecture and style is evident throughout this place. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier February 15th 2015

The sky was overcast when we set out this morning on our sight seeing tour of Hawkes Bay. First stop was Hastings which had been rebuilt in a similar fashion to Napier. The town has a clean fresh look with lots of hanging baskets and flower beds, just the sort of place us oldies would like to live. We then drove up to Te Mata in order to get a 360 degree view of the bay and adjoining countryside. However the occasional low cloud obscured some of the panorama. We then went north on part of the Pacific Coast Highway to Waipatiki beach. The final part of this journey took us over a steep pass before descending to the shore. The effort was rewarded with a lovely beach butressed at each end by high cliffs, but ... read more
Another example of Napier Art Deco
Waipatiki beach

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier February 1st 2015

Sunday 25/1/14Left Whakatane and headed for Napier.Stopped at wai-o-tapu to visit some thermal springs. It was amazing although very hot and smelly, for something so completely natural it looks anything but natural. Arrived at Napier and checked into our Art Deco hotel, very small room and a disappointing view of a roof, but the hotel was full so no chance of a move. The town looks interesting and there are self guided walking tours using a booklet so that's tomorrow sorted. Had a meal and drink in the Rose Irish bar attached to the hotel, normal pub grub but after the spices of the Indian in Whakatane it's all our stomachs would stand!... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay » Napier February 1st 2015

Monday 26/1/15 Napier. Picked up a walk guide from the Art Deco Centre and headed out to explore the city. Interesting history of the rebuilding of Napier after the earthquake in 1930 (???) The land lifted about 2m and created dryland from the lagoon that was next to the, originally, very small city. The beach shelves a few times quite steeply and is made up of pebbles, we went across it for a look at the water, the pebbles were roasting - people pay a lot of money for hot stone treatments! No one was in the water it looked quite dangerous because of the way the beach shelved. Went for tea to Rosie's bar again and arrived half way through quiz night, we joined a young couple, Katie and Tom from UK but living in ... read more
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