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.