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Napier City

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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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  • 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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  • 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 ;).

  • Day153

    Napier - Sharyn's Home

    June 2, 2017 in New Zealand

    Und dann weiter nach Napier, unsere heutige Endstation nach über 400 Kilometern Autofahrt.

    Wir wollten eigentlich noch eine Weinverkostung bei einem Weingut in der Nähe machen, aber leider schließen alle Geschäfte und so auch Weingüter um 17 Uhr. Wir kamen beim Weingut "Mission" 16:45 Uhr an. Eine freundliche Mitarbeiterin machte uns auf die Öffnungszeiten aufmerksam und dass leider heute keine Verkostungen mehr stattfinden. Aber sie könne uns anbieten 4 der Weine mal zu probieren. Für Umme! Wir waren etwas sprachlos, willigten aber natürlich sofort ein. So bekam jeder von uns 2 weiße und 2 rote Weine des Weingutes zur Probe, die wir uns sogar aussuchen konnten. Dazu erklärte uns die nette Dame noch einiges. Jeder hat seine Gläser brav ausgetrunken und wir haben noch netten Smalltalk gehalten. Eine super fixe Weinprobe für 0 Euro. Was für ein gelungener Tag mal wieder.

    Den Abend genossen wir bei lecker Futter und "What we do in the shadows", einer neuseeländischen Mockumentary als Vorbereitung auf unsere morgige Reise nach Wellington.

    Sharyn's Haus ist super, wir haben einen großen Bereich für uns, ein Pool und sogar Sachen im Kühlschrank. Wieviel Freude kann doch etwas Aufstrich bereiten, wenn man ihn einfach hingestellt bekommt.
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  • Day157

    Napier, Hastings & Cape Kidnappers

    December 22, 2017 in New Zealand

    Nachdem wir vom Great Lake Taupo aus gestartet sind, ging die Reise für uns weiter nach Napier und der 20km davon entfernten Stadt Hastings. Kurz vor Napier verbrachten wir zwei entspannte Nächte auf einem freien Campingplatz am Lake Tutira. Dort haben wir zwei kleinere Wanderungen gemacht, die uns zu den Te Ana Falls (Bild 1), den Tangoio Falls sowie über die am See gelegenden Weideberge (Bild 3) führten. Durch eine riesige Kuhherde zu laufen, mit 3m Sicherheitsabstand zu den Bullen brachte uns ganz schön Muffensausen :D .
    Eine weitere Nacht verbrachten wir direkt in Napier auf einem Stellplatz direkt am Meer. Dort waren genau 8 Plätze für Camper vorgesehen und wir waren so glücklich und ergatterten einen davon :) . Zu Fuß erkundeten wir die Stadt und ließen uns leckeren Kuchen und Kaffee im DMP-Café (Bild 4)schmecken.
    Auf dem Weg nach Hastings machten wir halt am Cape Kidnappers. Jedes Jahr kommen im Zeitraum von Oktober bis März rund 200.000 Astraltölpel aus Australien zum Brüten an das Kap. Nach circa 11km bei Ebbe am Strand entlanglaufen hatten wir das Kap erreicht und konnten die Vögel von 1m Entfernung aus beobachten (Bild 5 & 6). Sehr schöne und beeindruckende Vögel diese Tölpel!
    In Hastings machten wir nur kurz Halt, da die Stadt an sich nicht unbedingt sehenswert ist und auch im Umkreis eher wenig zu erleben ist.
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    Napier, Hastings & Cape Kidnappers

    After starting from Great Lake Taupo, the journey continued to Napier and Hastings about 20km south. Before we headed to Napier we spent two relaxing nights at a free campsite on Lake Tutira. There we made two smaller hikes which led us to the Te Ana Falls (image 1), the Tangoio Falls and the pasturing hills on the lake (image 3). After we climbed the hills we had to go through a huge herd of cows. We made it with 3m safety distance to the bulls which was a little bit exciting. :D
    After the campsite we spent the next night directly in Napier on a parking space right on the sea. There were exactly 8 spots for non-selfcontained campers. We were so happy and got one of them. :) We explored the city by foot and enjoyed delicious cakes and coffee in the DMP-Café (picture 4).
    On the way to Hastings we stopped at the Cape Kidnappers. Every year, between October and March, about 200,000 gannets come from Australia to the Cape. They brood there eggs and bring up there young stock. After about 11km at low tide on the beach we had reached the Cape and were able to watch the birds from a short distance (picture 5 & 6). They are very beautiful and impressive!
    In Hastings we made only a short stop, because the city itself and the surrounding areas aren't that amazing:
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  • Day19

    Heute früh wurde ich vom Wecker eines Zimmerteilhabers geweckt. Die Sonne lachte und ich beschloss noch mal joggen zu gehen. So eine schöne Stadt mit Strand, Bergen, Museen aber auch vielen jungen Leuten hat mir gut gefallen. Gegen 10:00 Uhr nahm ich Abschied und fuhr in Richtung Osten los. Unterwegs gab es Mittag Fisch und Chips und dann hatte ich kurz vor Hasting noch Streß. Ich hatte die Tankanzeige noch nicht erwartet aber hier gibt es kaum Tankstellen. Also gab ich ins Navi. sofort die nächste Zäule ein und fuhr Sie an. Die Freude war nur kurz als ich endlich sie fand. Ein Reifen war ohne erkennbaren Grund platt und ich musste mir selbst helfen. Das Reserverad fand ich aber es war kein Wagenheber da . Auf so was hat mich mein EnglischApp
    nicht vorbereitet. Nach paar Minuten fand ich einige nette Leute die mir ihren borgten. Ich wechselte das Rad und fuhr mit den Notrad die 25 km nach Napier.
    Laura rief dann die Autovermietung an und die wollen mich dann zurück rufen , wie es weiter gehen soll. Nach einen kleinen Spaziergang rund um den Ort , kochte ich dann mit einer jungen Frau etwas Abendbrot und wir unterhielten uns nebenbei recht ordentlich. Der Tag war viel zu schnell vorbei durch die lange Autofahrt von über 5 Stunden.
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  • Day19

    Free camping spot in Napier

    November 25, 2016 in New Zealand

    A beautiful beach view parking area where self contained vehicles are allowed to camp. One of the reasons why we chose this one is because the i-site close by offer $1 showers and after 2 days of no showers, it was much needed.

    Little did we know that the showers close at 4:45pm. We only arrived at 5:30pm so we were kinda forced to make use of our shower in the van.

    We grabbed our trainers and went for a short run to explore, we found a free gym park and did 3 circuits before walking back to the camper for a shower.

    Isabel had a shower and by the time I got in, the campers water supply ran out. It was my own fault as I passed up on two opportunities to fill up earlier today. Oh well the only other logical option was a quick dip in the ocean. Interesting experience to brave the cold water and a specially on a black beach where you can't see what's in the water with you. I will always remember this swim, more than what I can say for most swims in the ocean.

    {Roedolf}

    Ek het vir Roedolf bitter jammer gekry, sy reaksie was skreeusnaaks, maar om in die yskoue see te swem was geensins 'n opsie vir enige verstandige mens nie. In elk geval hardkoppige mense moet maar op die harde manier leer. Ons was by die waterfill stasie (nit once but twice) toe besluit hy, hy is te lui om dit te doen en dit is net 'n 10minute exercise. Ek het voor ons draf ook n herhaaldelik voorgestel om die tenk net gou vol te maak, maar nee pappie. Ek het skoon gekom maar dit was nie juis 5ster toe die water opraak nie. Vet pret veral vir party van ons. #primitief

    {Issy}
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  • Day121

    Day 2 - Napier

    August 1, 2017 in New Zealand

    We started the day with a trip to Napier Prison, built in 1906 and situated on top of a hill behind the town. It's a very small prison, housing around only 40 prisoners and was still a prison up until 1993. Despite the size, there was quite a lot to see and we were given audio sets which told us about each area of the prison (Simon is a huge fan of the audio guides as he doesn't have to stand there and read). We were the only people in there so it was a bit creepy in places, especially walking around the cells.

    After the prison we had a quick walk (and by quick I mean very quick as they are very small) around the Centennial Gardens which were built by the inmates of Napier Prison.

    Napier was completely destroyed after the 1931 earthquake. It was therefore completely rebuilt in the following 2 years in the popular architectural style of the time, Art Deco. The architecture is therefore absolutely gorgeous and reminds me of La La Land. It would therefore be rude not to do an Art Deco tour of the lovely seaside town which kept us busy for the afternoon.

    The tour started with a presentation on Art Deco which was really interesting. We then went for a walk around the town whilst our guide pointed out the zigzags, fountains, sunbursts and ziggurat aesthetics. All of the buildings are painted in lovely pastel colours so everything is so pretty. If you can't already tell, I have completely fallen in love with Napier. In February each year, they hold a Art Deco weekend and everyone dresses up in 1930's attire and you can find vintage cars, vintage games, 30's music and dancing. It sounds amazing! The tour finished up with a short film on the 1931 earthquake where we got to see what Napier looked like before and after.

    Sadly that concludes our time in Napier so we hopped back in the van and made our way to Hastings, a nearby town for the night. And Simon finally got his fish and chips!
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  • Day120

    Napier

    July 31, 2017 in New Zealand

    Yesterday we travelled from Taupo to Napier. It was a long drive and took a good few hours along some very long and winding country roads. It was however a lovely sunny day and the drive took us through lush green forests.

    The following morning we woke up to the sun shining so not wanting to miss out on a beautiful day we decided to hire some bikes. We visited Napier City Bike Hire and picked up Dorothy and Darwin, 2 lovely black mountain bikes. Napier is located within Hawkes Bay, which boasts around 200km of off road cycle trails and the majority of it is flat. We opted for the coastal route which took us from Napier to Clive and through Haumoana and Te Awanga and finishing up in Clifton. It was a lovely ride along the coast with some incredible views. We also cycled through farmland and got to see some baby lambies and calfs and alongside some wineries. It would be amazing to come back in the summer and visit all of the wineries. Before we headed back (and after a slight altercation with a giant rock which came out of nowhere) we stopped for a picnic on the beach which was lush.

    The ride was around 50km in total so we were absolutely pooped come the end. To reward ourselves for our hard work we headed to the fish and chip shop for some dinner. Unfortunately it was shut so we returned to the van with a very disgruntled Simon Thatcher for some tuna pasta instead.
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  • Day20

    Napier East Coast

    November 26, 2016 in New Zealand

    Napier caught me off guard with its beautiful beach and long promenade. I could not resist to go for a little run. It was super windy though.

    The town are filled with cool art deco stuff even along the beach. We explored and enjoyed the beautiful views of bluff hill.

    On our way to Taupo I spotted the local Saturday market & we got fresh cherries, tangerines and asparagus. I am obsessed with the asparagus here ooh sooo crunchy I got a massive bunch for $5. The fresh produce is world class. I can embrace the down to earth lifestyle here. People value the right things, authentic living is not clouded by big fancy cars and material things. They live more because they own less, being outdoors is a priority and a lifestyle.

    The other fabulous thing is how green conscious New Zealanders are. They protect & treasure their natural heritage something the rest of the world can learn from. ( the only other country that impressed me was Canada) . Recycling is the rule and not the exception, a change and habit I want to implement once we are settled again.

    {Issy}
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