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Napier City

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  • Day81

    Napier

    December 11 in New Zealand

    Heute waren wir in Napier. Das ist ein kleiner Ort am Meer, der vor fast 100 Jahren von einem Erdbeben und Feuer zerstört wurde und danach im Art Déco Stil wieder aufgebaut wurde. Die Häuser sind ziemlich schön und der Ort hat eine angenehme Atmosphäre. Wir waren auch noch kurz am Wasser und auf dem Bluff Hill und haben von dort auf den Hafen runtergeguckt.Read more

  • Day28

    A Tasting we will go!

    December 11 in New Zealand

    Got up to another overcast day today but we don’t let that stop us! We drove up to a lookout point called Bluff Hill with a great view over the other side of Napier - a town called Ahuriri - the log dry land sort and container port. There was a small cruise ship approaching shore while we were there. We then drove down to Perfume Point where there is a cool little lighthouse, then walked into the town of Ahuriri to have a quick look around. From there, we headed south to a town called Hastings - another place that suffered lots of damage from the 1931 earthquake and has been rebuilt. We walked around the town - saw Santa on his “sleigh” driving around, the Christmas decorations and some cool little stores on the Main Street - they actually still have K-Mart here, but forgot to get a pic! We grabbed some lunch then set off to find some of the famous Hawke’s Bay wineries!

    The first winery we stopped at was called Pask, and the lovely manager, Mel, was very informative and gave us some very nice wines to sample. We started talking to her about the Kelowna wineries we’ve visited, and it turned out she knew a friend of Jeff’s from Beaumont winery, who has been here and travels all over trying new wines and visiting wineries! Small world! I picked up a bottle of Chardonnay at Pask - looking forward to trying that! Our next stop was Te Awa winery which is on the Gimblett Gravels - this is an area where an earthquake diverted the river leaving behind gravel type soil, which creates perfect drainage for growing grapes. We each got to taste 6 different varieties of wine here (hic) - good thing they’re small samples! We crossed over half a block down the road to Trinity Hill Winery, also part of the Gimblett Gravels, and I have to say, some of the best wine we have tasted in the area! In all 3 places, I tried the whites and Dave the reds, and we both agreed at Trinity Hill, all of the samples we had were amazing! Dave bought a bottle of their Syrah, which he really enjoyed in the tasting. As I said, it’s a good thing the samples are small, as we had a 40 minute drive back to Napier after all these shenanigans!!

    We decided to go back over to Ahuriri for dinner to a place we’d found in a brochure called The Jandal, which looked to have some pretty good menu items. As you can see from the photo below, it’s a good thing we got there early..... ha ha!! When we first walked in, there wasn’t even a greeter, server or bartender, and we had to cough a few times before anyone realized we were there! Nevertheless, we had a pretty good dinner, and by the time we left, one other couple had arrived to eat - must be the weather, or maybe cos it’s only Tuesday here 🤷‍♀️. Back to our hotel now for a rest and to plan tomorrow’s adventures!
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  • Day29

    Found Penguins ..... and more Wineries!

    December 12 in New Zealand

    Woke up to another cloudy day, but had already made plans to go to the National New Zealand Aquarium, and got there when it opened at 9am - what an awesome place, and yes, they had penguins!! We walked around for the first half hour looking at the fabulous displays, reptiles, stingrays, and one of which actually has two Kiwi birds who were chasing each other and having a great time! It was very dark in their display as they are nocturnal birds, so getting a photo was a challenge! Got one dark one, but also got one of a stuffed Kiwi and her large egg! At 9:30, it was penguin feeding time - what cuties these are! They are actually blue (or “little”) penguins, native to New Zealand and are so sweet and quite tame. One in particular is named Dora, and she has been raised in the aquarium since she was very small and loves human interaction - what a fun little penguin she is! They all have names and their own personalities, as noted by the “naughty” and “good” sign posted in their pool area. At 10am, it was fish feeding time in the “reef” and a diver actually comes and hand feeds the fish in that area which was really cool! We stayed for about another hour, seeing a huge sea turtle, sharks, a moray eel, piranas , beautifully coloured tropical fish and more stingrays.

    Next stop was downtown as Dave wanted to get a haircut - he found a barber shop on the Main Street and had a great time chatting with the two kiwi barbers - one was an Everton fan, the other a die hard Liverpool fan, with lots of memorabilia at his workstation - had to get a pic of that! We stopped for a quick lunch, then headed off to check out a few more wineries. Went to Urban Winery first, about 10 minutes from where we are staying. So nice to talk to the people serving at these places - they are all very knowledgeable about the products, and also love hearing about BC and our wine districts. Next stop was Mission Estate - a former church and now a lovely winery which still has a chapel and beautiful gardens in addition to the vineyards. Our last stop was a Church Road Winery, just down the road, and after our tasting, we sat outside to have a glass of wine, and the sun actually came out - yay! As we were sitting outside, we both commented on how similar the Hawke’s Bay wine area is very similar to the Okanagan wine district.

    After another busy day, we had a Mexican dinner and are now preparing to hit the road again tomorrow to our next destination - Rotorua!
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  • Day27

    North to Napier

    December 10 in New Zealand

    We left Wellington at 8am this morning to head to Napier in the Hawke’s Bay Area of New Zealand’s North Island. We drove through rolling hills with lots of sheep and cattle and the views were stunning. Our first stop was about 2 hours out of Wellington at a place called Palmerston North. This is a beautiful town, home to Massey University, renowned for its agriculture research, as well as being recognized in Australia, the US, Canada and Britain for its veterinary medicine program. The town is centred around a beautiful square with thousands of flowers, lovely buildings, and a great shopping area. Even the ducks like it here - we saw Mama and her babies taking a stroll through the square! We stopped for a photo opp at a town called Dannevirke, which was founded in the late 1800’s by Danish, Norwegian and Swedish settlers.

    We continued on through farmland - lots of corn and squash, and eventually vineyards, before arriving in Napier around 1pm. We stocked up on a few groceries, checked into our hotel then went to explore the town. In 1931, Napier and nearby Hastings were hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the downtown areas, killed 256 people and injured thousands. Napier came back from the earthquake with a clean slate and fresh land to build on. One hundred and eleven new buildings were constructed in the downtown area between 1931 and 1933. The vast majority took their cues from Art Deco, the era’s cutting-edge architectural trend which today gives the town its quirky, fun vibe. Every February, there is an Art Deco Festival in Napier, and many stores sell vintage clothes from the Great Gatsby era so that locals and visitors can participate in the festivities! There is a lovely waterfront flower garden, a pavilion used for shows during the summer months, and a black sand/gravel beach - so unlike the beaches we’ve seen along the New Zealand coastline so far! After a long walk and a bite to eat, we came back the hotel to do some research on the famous Hawke’s Bay Wineries we plan to visit tomorrow!
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  • Day72

    Auckland-Rotorua-Taupo-Napier

    November 11 in New Zealand

    In Neuseeland könnte man natürlich viel mehr Zeit verbringen. Ich versuche Golfplätze und ein wenig vom Land zu verbinden.
    Landschaftlich vielseitig mit vielen eindrucksvollen Naturereignissen.
    Gebirgig, Grün, vielen Flüssen und Seen und dann wieder das Meer. Verschiedene Klimas resp. Temperaturen. Nicht zu vergessen der sehr gute Wein und die vielen wunderschönen Weingüter in Hawke's Bay.
    Meine Reise und die Eindrücke auf der Nordinsel gingen von Auckland über Rotorua nach Taupo und von dort nach Napier.

    So und jetzt bin ich schon ready für die Südinsel Neuseeland 🛫
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  • Day137

    Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans

    September 15 in New Zealand

    Dass das Leben auf unserem blauen Planeten im Ozean begann und das alle Ökosysteme dieser Welt vom geschehen im Meer abhängig ist, sollte bekannt sein. Wievielen Mensche aber bewusst ist, wie untermütlich die Menschheit daran arbeitet, die Wiege des Lebens zu zerstören, sei es durch den Klimawandel und die drauß folgende übersäuerung der Meere oder durch die Massen an Plastikmüll, die jedes Jahr im Meer landen, ist fraglich. Zum Glück gibt es immer wieder Menschen, die uns das in Erinnerung rufen.

    In Napier haben sich diverse Künstle zusammen getan, um mit Graffitis ein Zeichen für den erhalt des Ozeans zu stetzen. Die Self-Guided-Tour zu den Graffitis, welche im i-Site Visitor Center als Broschüre zu bekommen ist, kann ich jedem ganz klar empfehlen. Für mich das Highlight in Napier.
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  • Day137

    Napier

    September 15 in New Zealand

    Napier ist eine mittelgroße Stadt mit vielen Häusern im 30er Jahre Stile und vielen "Artdeco" Läden. Die kleineren Parks und die Strandpromenade sind durchaus einladend. Nach einem schweren Erdbeben 1931 wurde die Stadt zum großen Teil im beliebten Architekturstile der Epoche wieder errichtet und hat sich bis heute mit den netten Fassaden den Charm der Zeit bewahrt. Und natürlich ist der letzte Satz nicht aus dem Reiseführer abgeschrieben, wie kommt ihr denn darauf? :DRead more

  • Day213

    Hawkes Bay to Taupo

    April 7, 2017 in New Zealand

    The sunshine after the rain finally came yesterday late afternoon. We spent most of the day driving up from Wellington, On the way we encountered our first "traffic jam" since arriving in NZ - it was due to roadworks and lasted only about 20 seconds! If only we had so little traffic in Britain.... We also passed some Scandinavian influenced settlements on the way up - with Vikings on their town signs and Nordic sounding place names - unexpected! It was nice to be able to visit a few of the Hawkes Bay wineries in the sun when we arrived. We again tasted some good wines and saw plenty of grapes ready for the harvest, plus some recently harvested and just starting their fermentation. We saw plenty of fruit trees growing in this area too, again almost ready for the harvest - it must be a particularly fertile area. We spent the night in a motel in Hastings and had dinner at a Mongolian BBQ restaurant. Solana has suddenly decided that she doesn't want to eat meat any more because she really likes animals - an unexpected decision, but we're going with it and will see how long it lasts.... She still seems happy to eat squid though - maybe that is not an animal in her mind?!

    This morning we drove to Napier, a town on the coast of Hawkes Bay. There was a big earthquake here in the 1920s and most of the buildings were destroyed, then rebuilt in art deco style. We found a great kids play park on the seafront, treated ourselves to an ice-cream from the myriad of flavours on offer and picked up picnic supplies. The 4th photo here, of Solana, was taken in the ice-cream parlour - with a clever ice-cream cone picture on the wall, all made out of ice-cream scoops. We were unable to get accommodation in Hawkes Bay for tonight (due to a big concert at the weekend), so we decided to head up to the Lake Taupo area for the night (which we hadn't been planning to visit, so it is a "bonus" place for us!). We are staying in a basic campsite cabin in the town of Taupo, on the shores of Lake Taupo, which is the largest lake in NZ. The lake is apparently formed in the crater of one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It apparently erupted 26,500 years ago with a force much greater than Krakatoa; the ash cloud was supposedly so high that it could be seen by the Chinese and even the Romans. It hasn't erupted for about 1800 years but this is a big geothermal area, so it is definitely not an extinct volcano - thus, although it is beautiful, we're not sure it is a town that we would choose to actually live in.... When we arrived we went up to see Huka Falls - an amazing bit of white river and waterfall where the river is squeezed between narrow rocks. Apparently 200,000 litres of water goes over the falls every second - pretty impressive (I have included a photo here but it doesn't really do the power of the place justice). These falls lie on the longest river in NZ, the Waikato. There is plenty to do around this area so we plan to stay for at least part of the day tomorrow and explore some more.
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  • Day57

    Napier

    November 2, 2016 in New Zealand

    We hed a great few days aside Sheila and Mike in Napier. Dey took wis on a tour o Hawkes Bay, went various plice including view points, a market and much more. We visited numerous winerys and learnt a lot more aboot wine dan just pouring it and drinking😂 🍇🍷. We enjoyed meeting some o da family and da hom cooking- YUM. Finally we went ta dir neighbour Jack's ta watch da All Blacks play Ireland, All Blacks lost ta Ireland fur da first time ever... we said we most o been bad luck. 🏈
    We can't thank dem enough, see you nixt July 😉x
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  • Day95

    Cape Kidnappers & Napier

    December 8, 2017 in New Zealand

    We maakten de langste strandwandeling ooit om een kolonie Gannets (vertaling: Jan-van-gent) te bezoeken. Gelukkig werden we weer getrakteerd op zalige uitzichten en ook de vogels zelf bleken interessanter dan we dachten. Zo kunnen ze tot 30m diep duiken! In Napier huurden we enkele fietsen om de omliggende wijngaarden te verkennen. Een tasting kon uiteraard niet ontbreken ;).Read more

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