Wine, Fires and Art Deco!
Trip Start Jun 01, 2008
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Well it was very interesting! Certainly broke up the drive!
Anyway after an hour or so i arrived in the glorious town of Napier and a gorgeous little hostel. So i wondered the streets of the town which is an Art Deco town so the buildings were really cool and it was a charming little place, almost like a time warp
That morning i wandered again and thankfully it was glorious sunshine so i found the pebbled beach and sat in the sun watching the waves break. It did at that point occur to me that only a few months ago i had been on the other side of this very ocean doing exactly the same thing in the pacific highway in California. A kinda lovely and humbling little thought. Well after that i climbed back into my beloved automobile and headed for Wellington.
On the way i drove through Hawkes bay and saw row after row of vineyards and luckily a lot weren't open yet, a bit early in the season! The temptation to get absolutely hammered was immense! Anyway i soon saw the mini skyscrapers and mental traffic system that only ever means one thing, a city! Oh yeah so after frankly doing bloody well i found a hostle and settled myself in for some chilling out and went to the cinema and then got harrassed endlessly by a bandana wearing german, as i tried to sleep. Wellington was pretty cool, it has all these winding hills where houses are built into and the view over the city looks like a scene from the Hollywood hills, all very lush green and beautiful. It had cool street art and a good little vibe. I did nothing very active really just headed for the ferry in the afternoon and it was all aboard for the south island!