Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Napier & Wellington

After our recreational time in Rotorua, we headed south past Lake Taupo (home of the biggest trout you'll ever see), and down into the Hawkes Bay Region where wine is the primary focus. We had a Church Road Chardonnay in Napier that rivals the best of France and California. Napier was basically destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and rebuilt in total Art Deco style.

From Napier we traveled through wine country, over to the Tasman coast and down to the capital city of Wellington. We stayed with good friends in Welllington (Hataitai District), were shown the town by Morgan Horwood (Kiwi & USA citizen), and finished off our time with an exquisite dinner in a favorite Wellington restaurant with Morgan, her brother Ian, and the delightful Nick & Tina! A very beautiful capital city indeed, and worth a longer stay.

But the South Island beckoned, and kayaking/tramping in the Abel Tasman Nat. Park awaited us.

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