Simon and Kitty van Hagen
Wed 20 Feb 2013 04:45
Napier looks like a bit like Nice or Monaco with it's Neapolitan painted buildings and palm tree lined streets or perhaps they look like Napier? The city was flattened in the 20's by a huge earthquake and rebuilt in Art Deco style's finished during the early 1930's. There are plenty of interesting shops to browse around and an extremely well stocked New Zealand wine centre that specialises in the wine from this region,Hawkes Bay. Last night we spent alongside the harbour wall with the trawlers, noisy and dirty. Tonight we are moored outside the Napier yacht club; a far better alternative!
It took us two days to sail back from the Chatham islands, one day sailing and the rest under engine as the wind was light and from astern. Did anyone notice that the Chatham Islands are not on Google Earth?
New Zealand wine centre. Note the art deco lights
Villas overlooking the Bay
The main street