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Feb 16, 2020 - Napier

An Art-Deco Town Day 165 I’m up during the night as I feel pretty rough. I’ve had cold sores for over two weeks and now my whole mouth inside and out and my tongue are sore and bleeding and I feel shattered. I really want to go to Napier today as it will be our only chance and I am desperate to see the art-deco city. When Mark gets up, he suggests we stay in Taupo but I’m determined not to miss this trip. As we drive out of Taupo, we see more steam escaping from the ground at the side of the road. Cars have pulled over and passengers are...

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May 15, 2018 - Blog Two - Napier

Blog Two – Napier Tuesday 15 May 2018 Up and about packing and making sure we have everything ready to go. A wander down Plimmer Steps to Starbucks to watch the world go by while sipping on a frappe before grabbing a bite from Subway and then we booked out and grabbed a cab to Hertz. We were a bit early but they didn’t mind with our Kia Sportage ready to go! This was a better vehicle than expected and it was a good fit as we are thinking of what vehicle to buy next and a slightly smaller SUV is a possibility. We ended up leaving a touch...

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Feb 1, 2018 - Napier New Zealand

History: Napier was destroyed by an earthquake in 1931. It was rebuilt in an impressive cityscape of Art Deco. It is the second largest wine growing region in New Zealand and is the largest wool center in the Southern Hemisphere. This is our 4th of 7 stops in New Zealand and it is an amazing country. Very clean, very friendly and very scenic.

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Feb 1, 2018 - Napier port cancelled and the Blood Moon appeared

Last night we set the alarm for 2 AM as the Lunar eclipse and blood/blue moon was to be best at 2:36 AM. The lights had been blacked out on Deck 9 for better viewing. Many people had already gone back to bed thinking the clouds were too heavy. A few had tried to stay up and were asleep in the deck chairs. We were lucky as the clouds thinned and the Blood Moon appeared about 10 minutes after we got to deck 9. It really was red! Also visible was the Southern Milky Way and the Southern Cross. After about 45 mins of peeking in and out of clouds...

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Jan 17, 2018 - Napier

On 17th Jan we left Tauranga heading for the art deco capital of the world (so we're told) Napier. Nice AirBnB although it was tucked in behind the garage and we had 108 steps to get down to the town centre "stairs equal years" say it in an NZ accent and it makes more sense! That's what we were told by the landlady anyway. Stopped off at yet another water fall. This time Huka Falls - and very impressive they were too. 220,000 litres of water a second passing through the gorge. It makes hell of a row! The next day we did a tour of Napier....

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Nov 2, 2017 - Views along the way

Today was 99% a travel day. We did several legs of 2 hours to 3 hours. We did make a couple quick stops, first was to Huka Falls, created by a tight cannon. Not the tallest waterfall, but definitely a powerful one, as there was a lot of water shooting down through the narrow canyon. And boy was the water a fun blue color. We of course made a morning tea stop, quick on and off the bus there., Our one big stop of the day was in Napier. A town deviststed by an earthquake in the 1930s and rebuilt in the Art Deco style. We took advantage of a...

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Jul 20, 2017 - A town where time stood still!

We arrived in Napier a little town that was completely flattened by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in a beautiful art deco style. The town has not changed at all since it was rebuilt in 1933 which makes it a beautiful little place to wonder around. We stayed in an Air BnB whose owner Estelle was from Brighton. On our first day Estelle offered to drive us to Te Mata Peak so we could see the breath taking views of the rolling green hills in one direction and the snow peaked mountains in the other. The view on the drive up was unreal and by...

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Apr 21, 2017 - April 21, 2017 – Napier, North Island, New Zealand

April 21, 2017 – Napier, North Island, New Zealand This town was destroyed by a strong earthquake on February 9, 1931. Only 4 buildings were left standing after a 7.8 earthquake which lasted for 2.5 minutes. There were many aftershocks which followed. Many of the buildings were not only damaged by the quake but were completely destroyed in the fire which followed. The houses which were on the hillside survived because they were not in the path of the fire. A Navy ship had been in harbor for just a short time when the quake occurred. The bay...

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Apr 18, 2017 - Napier, Hawke's Bay.

I spent the long Easter weekend down in Hawke's Bay and absolutely fell in love with Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world. It is such a beautiful little seaside town and it really felt like stepping back in time. Really interesting history too cause it is the product of a huge earthquake back in the 1930s which caused the land to rise by 2m which drained a lagoon where Napier now stands. It pretty much rose out of the sea! I stayed a little outside of Napier in a place called Te Awanga near 4 of the Hawke's Bay vineyards and spent an...

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Apr 2, 2017 - Huamoana, New Zealand

Sunday, April 2, 2017 Huamoana, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” - Freya Stark Well, we weren’t in a strange town because this was night 5 in Napier but those of you who travel can totally relate to what she’s saying...it’s all about the adventure of it all! Well, that was just a great night’s sleep…..biking that far and a belly full of good Indian food will do that to you! Woke up with the alarm at 7am to another beautiful sunny day in Napier. Hurray...

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Apr 1, 2017 - Napier, New Zealand

Saturday, April 1, 2017 Napier, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Life is a highway and I want to ride it….all night long.” - Tom Cochrane And, as the case may be, all DAY long too…...LOL! Slept really well with the sound of the ocean waves gently crashing….I could use that as my sleep machine sound for sure! Woke up at 7:30 am to another nice day; a few morning clouds so not as cloudless as yesterday but still a very good day. Temp is probably mid 60s in the morning so just a bit cool, long sleeved tshirt for a couple hours maybe. Had...

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Mar 31, 2017 - Huamoana, New Zealand

Friday, March 31, 2017 Huamoana, New Zealand TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” - Gustave Flaubert Art got up this morning at 7:15 and I slept a few minutes longer till 7:45. We woke up to a stunning day in Napier - just beautiful sunshine and nary a cloud in the sky. It was just a bit cool, maybe mid 60s to start but you could tell it was going to be a great day! We ate some breakfast (Art got a vanilla and almond cereal that was actually pretty good) and had tea/coffee....

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