|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 enjoyable Easter Sunday walking from one to the other, sampling their wines in the sunshine. By the last one, Beach House Wines, I was a bit fuzzy headed so only sampled a couple but found my favourite of the day, a reserve Sauvignon Blanc so I bought a bottle and made the walk back to my b&b.
The B&B was an interesting experience. The owner was what I would call eccentric and insisted on me accompanying her to a drinks party at her neighbours and we went out for dinner together on my first night. Made for an interesting couple of evenings to say the least. She also had some gorgeous animals, including 3 very tiny puppies so that made it for me!
I spent y last morning back in Napier and took the Art Deco tour and had some lunch before my 6 hour bus journey back to Tauranga. I actually enjoyed the journey cause, unlike when I have been driving, I was able to fully appreciate some of the breath-taking views and even snapped a few pictures to try and capture how lush and green some of the hills we were going over were. As fun as the journey back was though, I mist admit I was glad when the bus pulled into Tauranga.