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Oct 12, 2004 - Napier

Kia Ora folks! Well, we had a nice uneventful journey from Wellington (there were 6 people on the bus including the driver!)up to Napier, the Art Deco capital of the world. It was quite nice in Napier. We were staying overnight in a prison!! Don't worry Dad, I didn't do anything worthy of a real stay with the dibbles, it was an old converted prison. it had apparently only been shut for 10 years, and they occasionally have a problem with some of the ex inmates wanting to come back and stay!! HELP!! Anyway, undeterred by this factor, we...

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Sep 7, 2004 - Napier, Hawkes Bay (wine!!)

Mon 7/9 Sunny and Warm Lay in till 8.45am!! Packed in a leisurely manner & stored my stuff ready for the bus at 1pm. Went for another wander round town & a late brekkie, sat in the sun for a while.... basically just 'lounged'! I can't believe that 2 weeks today I fly to Australia - I've been here 11 days already! Got the bus as planeed - this was the most mountainous run so far, took just over two hours. The view of Napier Bay as you arrive is stunning - South Pacific - gorgeoua colour, but apparently too dangerous to swim off the city...

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Pippa on Tour

Apr 28, 2004 - Napier

Well the rain has followed us to Napier - it absolutely poured rain while we were on the bus from Wellington to Napier. We went along a road called Gorge road - that was cut out of the mountains so has mountains on one side and a sheer drop to the river on the other - it was only re-opened last week after the February floods. As we drove along I could still see where all the landslides had occurred - pity the poor guys trying to repair the roads in the pouring rain! Napier is famous for it's Art Deco style buildings - basically a massive...

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Tara's Travels

Apr 4, 2004 - The long drive to Napier.

Whilst driving out of Wellington, we hadn't realised that at the end of the road where we were staying was the theatre where the Lord of the Rings premiere was shown. As we drove past they were taking down the dragon type creature (we are not LOTR experts!) which was on top of the theatre. Wellington was the base during filming, being Peter Jackson's home so many of the sites for the film are in the area. So on the drive North we stopped at a few of them. We stopped at Harcourt Park, which we are told was the 'Gardens of Isengaard', the...

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Dec 10, 2003 - The drive to Napier

Wed 12/10 it rained all day again. We drove to Napier and stayed at a "vans only" park. It was nice, small, new and very clean and no kids to have to wait in line for the showers. The downside was that it was beside the highway. Oh well, you can't have everything. Ian, the owner, was a real nice guy. An ex-local fireman who had traveled extensively in the line of duty, including to California and other parts of the US.

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