Art Deco Masonic Hotel
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Comfortable, clean and with all mod cons.
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We chose Napier as a complete change from the scenery of the North Lands & Coromandel. We knew we would find Art Deco architecture and a good choice of Vineyards as it is located in the famous Hawkes Bay. Napier was decimated in 1931 when two earthquakes a minute apart from each other tore it apart. Our hotel The Masonic was completely …
A wander around the museum and art gallery (MTG) gave us a very clear picture of how it must have been to be in Napier when the earthquake hit in February 1931. A short, very moving, film of survivors stories brought it all home very clearly. Cows refusing to go in to be milked, enormous waves out to sea, a first day at scool when the school …
Our journey from Taupo to Napier took us along long, straight roads through forestry land. All around was evidence of volcanic activity and ahead what appeared to be the rim of a volcano stretching right and left. Of course, this being NZ, we had to climb that rim and back down the other side before we reached he sea. Lots of lovely hairpin bends …
Napier sits on the east coast of the north Island some 135km from Taupo. The sign leaving Taupo states "No fuel for 130km" which gives some idea of how busy the road is. At one point over the two hour drive we did see three cars together but aside from that it was the odd car normally going the other way. We passed a sign saying "Scenic View" and …
... of Hawkes Bay wine and we quite enjoyed it. We have been trying to enjoy some NZ wines on our trek and most of them we have enjoyed. Can you believe the Oosterdam cruise ship was in Napier? I said they are following us. We checked their schedule and they go from auckland to sydney and from sydney to auckland with many stops along the way. We don't have to worry about them as we saw the ship sailing away last ...