We are in hastings ...???

Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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Flag of New Zealand  , Wellington,
Sunday, March 25, 2012

sunday 11th

how lucky were we yesterday, today is miserable and drizzly and would not have been a good crossing... blessed again..!!..however, last night we stopped in a golf club car park, as per pop book...it was empty when we arrived but this morning the car park was ful, people everywhere and dogs were barking continually...???... robin got up to look round and found we where right next door to a police dog training centre, the start of a walking race competition and a cadets training centre...!!!.. we moved off quickly to find a quiet spot in the park for breakfast..

we stayed in upper hutt which is about 12kms north of wellington and lies on the river hutt. a bustling city with a large shopping centre and park lands, we had a wander round then headed off on the sh2 for the journey north...we made a point and going through feathers.. ton...hehe...and stopped in greytown which was new zealands first , prettiest and most victorian inland town. we stopped to visit the cobblestones museum  which evokes the echoes of clattering coaches and tired horses as one of the main coach stops for the pioneers of old on their way to wellington... the museum is laid out like a village green with a cottage ,hospital,school house and stables etc ..the printing works was very interesting where a very friendly printing enthusiast has taken to showing the visitors how the old machines worked his favourite a 1907 challenge treadle and a 1926 thompson treadlefrom england.. he apparently uses both for printing posters and adverts for the village events..

we drove on to masterston a large town with many shops but all closed when we arrived .

monday 12th

back on the sh2 to the small country town of eketahuna which is famous for woodwork and has a giant wooden kiwi on the main street..onwards through dannervirke and norsewood both settled by danish and norwegian families in 1872. today a dashing painted viking welcomes visitors and many of the streets have scandinavian names..

we ended our journey today in hastings, well we had to didnt we..we stayed the night in a camp site...after a quick look round the town....

tuesday 13th

napier was first stop today , the art deco capital of new zealand where the deco facades on main street come to life during the art deco weekend which we missed by 3 weeks...awww..and people dress up in glitzy costumes and polish their vintage cars for the event... in 1931 the worst earthquake ever in new zealand flattened the whole of napier and so it was completely  rebuilt in the 1930 s style... it was very interesting with all the buildings painted in pastel shades and kept in very good condition..it even has an art deco shop which was great..full of all things deco..
after lunch we went for a walk up a maori pa ..an ancient hill where the maori s lived just outside napier with great views back to the city....we stayed in a car park on the harbour front..

wednesday 14th

we did the heritage walk first thing this morning... a short hour long walk past all the historical buildings in the harbour and  old wharf....then we continued on the sh2 which creeps along the shoreline before it heads inland past tangoio scenic reserve where we followed a dirt track round precarious hillocks to waipatiki beach...here on the deserted sandy beach, a small stream flows across the beach to the sea making a great pooh stick course..we were there an hour finding small bits of driftwood to drop into the fast flowing stream then running down the beach encouraging our sticks to win by reaching the sea first..awesome fun..

sad to leave robin drove to lake tutira for our nights rest ...

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Alison on

At last names I know and places I have seen. My Neice and great nephews live in Upper Hutt. Wellington is my favourite city. Sounds like you are having an amazing time so pleased for you and so green with envy. Enjoy and savour.
Love Alison

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