Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wining and dining our way thru Napier

The weekend has come and gone and the siblings have departed, but not without a number of adventures under our belt! The past four days have been filled with beautiful hikes, tasty wine tours, shopping, and some darned tasty dinners, brunches, coffees, breakfasts.

The weekend started with my brother picking up our rental car; a beast of a car with ivory handles and an engine that squeeled its disapproval for a solid 20 seconds to a minute whenever it was turned on. We named it rumble.

We set off for Hawkes Bay (along the Eastern shore of the North Island) stopping in towns and cafes along the way. The town of Napier was where we settled for the next two days and stayed in a lovely B&B called the Green House on the Hill. Cute place and definitely recommended if you ever find your feet wandering through this place.

The days were spent cruising the wineries and testing out their products. New Zealand wine is tasty! Apparently the Hawkes Bay region is known for its chardonnays and while I’m not a big fan of them, I definitely enjoyed testing them out.

On our way back to Wellington, our route took us through the mountains where we stopped for a few hikes along the way. Mother Nature was good to us the whole time too which meant stunning sunsets, rainbows, and clear views from mountaintops. I don’t know what horseshoes that brother of mine brought with him but I hope he left them behind!

On our last full day together, we were back in Wellington and spent the day exploring Somes Island, the patch of land situated in the middle of the Wellington harbour. Over the past 100 years, the island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defence position. It’s now managed by forest rangers and today you will still find remnants of old barricades and quarantine facilities peppered across the island.

As I write this, C+E are now on a plane headed back to the Great, not-so-white, North. I miss them already but I am so happy that they were able to make it down for a visit. Safe travel home kids and keep in touch!

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