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... seeing them as they have 2. We don't do it often but it felt good being able to nonchalantly say we'd already seen them. But it wasn't the Takahe we wanted to see today it was the Kiwi and see them we did. It did take ages for ours eyes to adjust to the night light and then to find the all brown bird in a brown large glass fronted room. But find him we did and he was awesome !! It was so dark and obviously no flash is allowed so photo opportunities ...
... the farm jean Hastings and Havelock North, selling a lot of berries through their roadside stall and the local farmers market...you can imagine I was in my element there. I actually arrived just before the season started and helped them prepare for the start of the season, tidying up the roadside stall, putting up shade canopies and helping Fay (Bruce's mum) prepare for their Christmas party.
Once we started picking saw the arrival ...
... I had apple crumble and hokey pokey. Hokey pokey is, apparently, New Zealands national ice cream. It's honeycomb and vanilla with camel sauce running through it. I did not realise that there were such things as national ice creams. If anyone asked me what Britain's national ice cream was I would be stumped! A 99 perhaps, a Cornetto maybe (or is that Italian?), or Magnum perhaps?!
Anyway, we finally finished the ice cream, but not before it had melted in the heat, some ...
... to Napier the following day. We first stopped off at a sheep tannery, and we had a mini-tour of the back where they clean, dye and fluff up all the sheep coats, before making them in to various things. Somebody had just ordered $40,000 worth of wool carpet. Nice. Next stop was a winery, where we had a little tour of the house. It is owned by some priests and they used to train people there, and had a wine business on the side. However, nobody wanted to become ...
... 244;lée. We went to one winery on the Gimlett Gravels which has recently been designated as a territory. It was an interesting afternoon. Having spent the afternoon tasting wines although we threw most of it away, we thought we should walk and not drive to a restaurant for dinner. The wine tour guide told us of a nearby restaurant that we had not seen while walking round in the rain the previous evening. We went there and had a very good ...
Other places to stay in Hastings
1107 Karamu Road North, Hastings | Hotelfrom $113
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507 Railway Road, Hastings | Hotelfrom $79
466 Napier Road, Hastings | Hotelfrom $185
- Classy NZ Country Estate
103 Green Hill Road, Hastings | 5 star hotelfrom $66