The Pillars Retreat
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
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... coming up over the sand (stone) bar, so he left and we moved on.
Back at the campervan, we had some breakfast and then made our way up the coast back into Napier, looking for the quinella - a coffee shop that is close to somewhere we can park this monster truck. (the trifecta is the quinella + a playground nearby).
Napier is a strange town. Not because it prides itself on its 1930s architecture that has remained prominent to this day including ...
... The folks were really great to me for the few days. I was well watered and fed. Went up Te Mata peak. A local lookout point over Havelock. Amazing scenery. Headed up to Napier, famous for it's Art Deco architecture. Went for a hike, some beach walks, went to a local market and got to try out some amazing food and produce. Could have spent hours there going around trying out the various foods. One morning headed over to see the school that Heather teaches at and ...
... to Sir Peter Jackson from blame should we meet a grizzly end in the sky (or upon hitting the ground). We selected a height to dive from; anxious not to betray my nerves, I suggested we jump from 15,000 feet instead of 12,000 feet. We were fitted out with jump suits and harnesses. We met our 'Tadem Masters' Brad and Tim, who would take responsibility for ensuring we made it from the sky to the ground in one piece. And then.... we waited. The sky wasn't ...
... and I'm so glad I did it! The adrenaline lasted the whole night for both of us! After we had all landed we got to sit in the cinema room and watch our DVDs- so funny seeing everyone's different reactions! After getting back to the hostel we went to the supermarket, backed our videos and photos up on memory sticks / Facebook , ate, packed and showered ready for our 5.30am start to do the Tongariro crossing! The early start and 1.5 hour bus was a struggle! ...
... the day since the second and most devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch, killing 185 people and destroying many historic buildings. In the light of information we have since picked up, we have updated our blog of Feb 2nd when we were in Christchurch. If you have time to go back and read that day's entry, I think you will agree that many of the facts are ...