We are in hastings ...???
Trip Start Nov 09, 2011
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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.
we drove on to masterston a large town with many shops but all closed when we arrived .
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....
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..
we did the heritage walk first thing this morning..
sad to leave robin drove to lake tutira for our nights rest ...