Kirsty & Nick's New Zealand Adventure travel blog

Depart Gisborne: 958km (08.50)

We are camped in a Top 10 site in central Hastings, just by a big park. This site was selected because of its proximity to wine country!

We were up late this morning at 7am! We had muesli and toast for breakfast and then did various jobs – including empty the toilet and waste water and refill the water. We were on the road by 9am. All in all, a success in Gisborne, I think.

The drive today was easier. The roads better – still twisty and steep – but at least level. We were on Highway 2 again today. Between Wairoa and Napier was mainly inland, but the final few turns showed us some beaches – all with black sand. Nick also spied some big mountains in the west (Kaweka Mountain Range) that were snow capped and looked lovely.

Saw more sheep than cows today for the first time I reckon. Plus more birds of prey, turkeys, goats, horses, road kill – Nick thinks they are possums but I'm not convinced, a peacock. There are lots of ducks at the campsite – they greeted us when we arrived begging for food. Plus we've seen about 4 cats today which increases our holiday average by about 400%.

So we arrived in Hastings at 13.30 and parked up. As happened yesterday we were first in the camp (if you exclude the locals) but there must be 10 campers parked in here now.

We did a few jobs and then went out on our bikes on a mini-wine tour. Just a mile or two up the road. We went to the Te Mata estate and sampled some pricey wine, and cycled back via the village shops.

We had Macaroni Cheese for tea and manged to get internet connection which kept Nick amused for a while.

Just enjoying some wine now before bed.

Oh...just remembered...saw a lawn maintenance company called Pimp my Lawn that made us chuckle.

Night night!

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