Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Mission Estate Winery Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Mission Estate Winery 
- Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Hawkes Bay Vineyard New Zealand
Hawkes Bay Vineyard - New Zealand
Art Deco National Tobacco Company Building Napier New Zealand
Art Deco National Tobacco Company Building
- Napier, New Zealand
Downtown Park Napier New Zealand
Downtown Park - Napier, New Zealand
Napier & Hawkes Bay, New Zealand (12/3-4/2009) - Napier is one of prettiest towns in New Zealand having been rebuilt in one of the world’s largest collections of elegant Art Deco and Spanish mission architecture that was popular at that time.

Arriving late Thursday afternoon was interesting - downtown Napier was deserted. It was like one of those movies where a disease or chemical disaster hits a town and nothing but the buildings are left. A lesson learned is that is takes more than unique architecture to make a town have vitality.

Located on the west side of New Zealand’s North Island, Napier does have some interesting things like the Marine Parade along the waterfront with cafes, museums, and Marineland - New Zealand’s national aquarium. 

Even more fun for us was another wine tasting day driving around the beautiful scenic Hawkes Bay region, the second largest wine-growing region in New Zealand, visiting some of the better of 70 wineries such as Vidal, Te Mata Estates (the oldest winery in New Zealand), Craggy Range, Mission Estate, and Black Barn - great for lunch (see photos).

Waimarama Beach New Zealand
Waimarama Beach, New Zealand
We also visited Waimarama Beach, one of the many beaches this area is famous for. We had our first L&P - a very popular fizzy lemon drink that they call World famous in New Zealand.

Some history... In 1931 a massage 7.8 earthquake demolished the whole town of Napier. It was rebuild in the Art Deco style you find there today.

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