The drive from Taupo to Napier was wet and miserable for the most part. It was really disappointing too as some parts of the drive would have been absolutely beautiful had the weather been a bit more accommodating.  We did find one hidden treasure along the way, the Waipunga Falls which were mesmerising, I can only imagine how much more so had the rain not been so overbearing.

Waipunga Falls

One of the guys we met in Auckland by the name of Bryce recommended we go to a nearby winery called Church Road.  We headed out for a late lunch and a tasting, sampling a number of white wines from the Hawke’s Bay region.

Church Road Platter

Napier is quite a cool little town, rebuilt after a completely devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake in 1931 the whole centre was quickly rebuilt in the style of the time – art deco.  Much of the original building facades still exist, I have to say I was a little disappointed to see how much modern commercialism has taken hold in the city, it would have been nice to see the city stay true to it’s roots and have development reflect the style of the rebuild.  Our lodging for the night, at the Masonic Art Deco Hotel, was very true to form: art deco trimmings, stripey carpet and very 1930s style furnishings in the room, in any other city this hotel would be completely kitsch, in Napier however, this was absolutely perfect.

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