Portmans Motor Lodge
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... fun, but alas, not this time around!
After taking the short hike and taking in the views of Ohope's beautiful beaches, we headed off to Hick's Bay. We must have managed to happen upon a group of people taking their old cars out for a scenic drive because when we arrived at our hotel, we were surrounded by classic cars.
The roads going through the countryside and along the water's edge are windy. It's like driving on the mountain roads ...
... the strawberry patch (tasty ice cream and strawberries) and the figgery. Hawkes bay is great for cyclist with lots of cycle paths and most of the area is quite flat making it easy going. We also hiked up Te Mata peak, a local lookout point where you can get views across the whole of Hawkes bay: that was a tough hike, especially in a hot day!
Whilst staying at the farm, I also met some of their neighbours including Tony ...
1 tablespoon of good company
1.5lbs of great scenery
A teaspoon of good weather
Plenty of good music
Thoroughly mix the good company, great scenery and good weather in a bowl and constantly add good music whilst cooking at 30c for four hours.
Being camped next to a river with it's constant babbling of water hadn't kept us awake. Being parked at an uneven angle such that Kirsty was higher up than me, made it slightly harder, Kirsty often ...
An earthquake destroyed most of downtown Napier in 1931 and the whole town was rebuilt in the following two years in Art Deco style which was the current fashion. We enjoyed a day and half in the Hawkes Bay area, which includes Napier, the last afternoon and evening it ...
... to Madrid and back, and from Valencia to Barcelona.
Thanks to the wonders of the internet I have managed to book most of my accommodation and most of the major transport fares for my trip. Thanks to airb&b I worked out that my accommodation costs average out at less than NZ$30 a night for the 20 weeks I will be away, which is amazing since it usually includes a cot plus breakfast and my 12 cups of tea a day. All I need to sort out ...