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Napier to Wellington

February 19, 2015


For three weeks, we’re traveling the country of New Zealand (#WatsonsdriveNZ) and blogging our way through it. Follow along + catch up by reading Part OnePart TwoPart ThreePart FourPart FivePart Six and Part Seven.

Our morning in Napier began with breakfast at Mister D Restaurant – an awesome spot only a couple blocks from our hotel, the Viceroy. We would definitely recommend this place! They had homemade gluten free toast for me, delicious jam, Randy had some sort of a donut that I would not call breakfast food but to each their own. The green tea was great, the coffee was great, the service was awesome. Two thumbs up, Mister D.

We spent an hour at the aquarium, right near the ocean. We saw “little penguins” – literally a smaller breed of penguin (they only weigh 2 pounds!) found in warmer climates. They were pretty cute. We walked through all of the exhibits before we checked out a couple of the shops in town.

Napier is the art deco capital of New Zealand and a lot of the street signs and theatres are “Great Gatsby-esque” in style.

Our last stop on the way out of town was Te Mata Peak. After going a wrong turn, going 5km out of our way, definitely trespassing on somebody’s property, we re-calibrated the GPS and approached the peak from the other side.

This place is crazy! Randy said, “It’s like the Chief in Squamish but without having to climb it.” It was surreal driving up those narrow roads climbing higher and higher. When we reached the top, you had a 360 degree view of the water, the wineries, the farms, the whole town. Definitely worth the 30 minute drive from downtown Napier.

After the peak, we hit the road, four hours to Wellington. When we arrived in the city, we checked into Gourmet Stay, a cute hotel/hostel hybrid with a cafe open during the day. Our room was small but clean and the staff was wonderful. For dinner, we ate at a restaurant called Mexico. We strolled up Cuba Street (a main area of the city that holds a lot of cool cafes and restaurants) until we found Kaffee Eis. The gelato and sorbet was too tempting, Randy and I both had double scoops before calling it a night. :)

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  1. Jane

    February 20th, 2015 at 9:02 am

    So, so, so, so jealous! I have family in New Zealand so I’ve visited several times, and your posts are making me long to go back so much! It’s such a beautiful country, filled with beautiful people. Have a great vacation!!

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