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Feb 5, 2007 - Hawkes Bay - Cafes to Wineries

We arrived in Havelock North for the last day of the Hawkes Bay Wine Festival (good timing!). We bought our glass and proceeded to taste the local wine. The region is known for their Chardonnay but it does grow other varieties aswell. The Riesling was not up to Dave's standard!

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Mar 18, 2006 - North Island Road Trip

After refreshing our batteries, Steff and I embarked upon the next leg of our journey, New Zealand's North Island. Starting with a not so good bus trip from Christchurch to Picton (It came complimentary with a bus driver that had a very very cynical sense of humor), and a short hop skip and a jump on the ferry over to Wellington we soon found ourselves in the sunny shores of NZ's Capital City. Taking advantage of the Relocate-a-Rental scheme once again, we were both happy to find out that this time it was a new Peugeot 307....(especially...

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Jonesy's Journey

Feb 6, 2006 - Hawke's Bay

Met a really nice Dutch couple at breakfast this morning that regaled us with all sorts of scary stories about Thailand. Well, it didn't sound that bad and they said they still had a good time so ...... Anyway, off to Hawke's Bay this morning. Apparently, it is a holiday [Waitangi Day] which, depending on who you listen to, is either the day the Maoris [original inhabitants of NZ] entered into a treaty to let the British Crown protect them and their land rights or the British, yet again, screwed over a bunch of natives for nothing and took...

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Jan 6, 2006 - Back to the Bay

And finally we reach our destination for the next few years. Hawkes Bay. As of now we have a place to live in Hastings, though we had to crash in a motel to start with, then scored a nice house sit in Havelock North. Geoff's job starts on the 18th, and Jess will just continue on being pregnant!! Due 5 May!! Oh Joy!

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Dec 6, 2005 - Napier

We left Wellington behind this morning and in good time too because it was lashing rain just as we were getting the bus. It rained pretty much all the way up to Napier but it was really nice and warm when we got here, we even put our shorts on and gave our one pair of jeans a rest. On the way up we saw 2 kiwis in a wildlife reserve because it's nearly impossible to see them in the wild, they're nocturnal and shy. They're a lot bigger than you'd expect, about the size of a turkey (seen as it's Christmas). We only got a picture of a model...

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May 2, 2005 - On (some) anti-americanism & thoughts on the idea

On the morning we finally leave the Prickle Patch we skip into Hastings for one final look about and some breakfast. Sitting at our cafe table, sipping coffee as we await our eggs, a not strange thing happens which is of little consequence but offers a chance to think about a particular subject. A middle-aged couple occupies the table behind us, and like us they are sipping their hot drinks when an associate of theirs come to join them. I, with nothing better to do, make eye contact with this gentleman and for whatever reason he maintains...

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Apr 16, 2005 - Wine Country on N. Island

We managed to find time for a tour of some of the wine country on the North Island and had a good day of it. The land around Napier, North Havelock and Hastings is all very good for grape growing so we headed off with a map and a few suggestions. A few more reds in this region and some fantastic olives as well. Several wineries offered olive oil tastings as well. We also found some great honey near North Havelock and chocolate along the way. That afternoon had us heading north to the most eastern point of NZ.

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Mar 25, 2005 - Out of Auckland, on the road to Hastings...

Here we are. We will be spending a few weeks in Hastings, but until we get settled we are spending our nights camped out at the beach. Hope everyone who checks in is well, and keep checking back. We'll be picking apples here in Hastings for the time being. Ain't that a hoot? Wish us luck.

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Dec 6, 2004 - Hastings & Havlock North

We are gutted. The guy at the internet cafe' in Taranaki who burn't our photo's on to CD, managed to completely over-write everything already on the CD! Luckily we had already uploaded everything up to Hastings, but alas we have no photo's of Hastings at all. Our favourite place so far too, about 80 snaps. Really cheesed off doesn't come close to our annoyance at the little pleb. Why don't they just let you burn them yourself? then if it goes wrong you can only blame yourself. Just a tip, never let anyone else burn your...

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Wedding bliss

Oct 23, 2004 - A quick cruise around Hastings!

Ahh. Hastings. We were here for 10 minutes tops. We rolled into town and followed the signs for the city centre. Hastings is so like an American town. Lots of street blocks and streets that are far too straight for their own good. Boring. On the way out of town we drove pat more of the vin yards. very nice. "Wineries", as they're known over here. Doesn't sound as classy does it? We decided to head back towards Taupo.

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