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We didn't want to look around much for a hotel, so we took about the first motel on our way into the town and it was quite ok. Marineland Motel.
Napier is a pretty town with its Art Deco buildings, although a bit empty, if there hadn't been the Indian Diwali Festival, we'd not have seen much life there.
We found a …
... is. Before leaving we had a very nice breakfast and enjoyable conservation with a couple from San Clemente about their travels, as they have been on a very similar trail to ours in NZ. We also had a nice chat with a couple from the UK about their travels.
After breakfast we set off on a 40 minute drive to the course. Well, 30 minutes to the entry gate and another 10 minutes to the pro shop. The drive from the gate was very pretty on a ...
... are Art Deco tours, Art Deco postcards, Art Deco sandwiches...(I may have made the last one up). I don't really know much about it apart from the pastel coloured buildings and palm trees of Napier made it feel uncannily like a 1930s Hollywood movie set rather than real life. A bit too Disneyland for me.
But yeah, town was stuffed with throngs of people all dressed up in Gatsby 1920s gear. There were dance displays, vintage car competitions, jazz themed picnics - I felt ...
... of the informative panels which dot the town, I am amused to see that the first act of Napier's residents after the devastating earthquake was to rebuild their destroyed cathedral. When the cathedral in Lisbon was destroyed in an earthquake in 1755, Voltaire and others used the event to question the existence of God. Of course, the Hawkes Bay area is probably most famous not for architecture, but for its wine production and this area now makes ...
... shear it! Anyway that was only about 30 I turned; Stacey and Doug were shearing over a 100 a run sometimes! We got to Colin's and the cook had made Mark and Trish tea too, fry up! It was so delicious after that day! I would eat a horse if I shore all day, seriously! The boys grind their gear at Mark's and then we head off so we can get an early night. We call in to the BP so Loïc can get fuel. He starts filling up the trunk and asks me to find his wallet then "oh sh*t!" ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarineland Motels Napier
Very reasonable price. Everything good, clean, very friendly and helpful host.
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