Art Deco capital of the world

Trip Start Apr 24, 2006
Trip End Apr 20, 2007

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

From Wellington I caught the bus to Napier where I planned to spend a few days. Napier in in the Hawkes Bay region, which is known as the fruit basket of New Zealand. In contrast to the South Island, the landscape here is quite dry and the weather was consistently good. The city was detroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and was rebuilt in the style of the time - Art Deco. I enjoyed having a wander around and checking out the Art Deco buildings, most of which are still in immaculate condition.  

On my first evening I met up with Katie, an English girl that I knew from my travels on the east coast of Australia. Shes been travelling and working in New Zealand so it was great to catch up again. On my second day in Naper I met up with Jay - a friend of my cousin Lydia and her husband Charlton and Lydia, who I stayed with in Melbourne. We visited a strawberry farm for a gorgeous strawberry ice cream and then to Te Mata Peak for some stunning views of the region. In the evening we had a delicious bbq at Jay's home in Hastings, with her husband Kelvin and very cute children Gabriella and Ben. It was a really lovely day and I had to be rolled home after all the lovely food...
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