Because the weather was promising in Napier this weekend, Bas and I booked a hotel and left Friday after work. Napier is an art deco city, because after a devastating earthquake in 1931 it had to be rebuilt completely. We went out for dinner in the Masonic: a very luxurious art deco style restaurant and hotel. We had lovely food and I had my first Mai Tai, which is a polynesian cocktail.
Saturday we went to the many secondhand shops Napier has to offer after we had breakfast at a cute bakery. After dragging Bas on a shopping trip, we went to the National Aquarium where we saw thousand and one fish. We also watched the penguins being fed. The penguins are adopted by the aquarium when they cannot function in the wild, for instance if they lost a flipper or are abandoned by their parents. They also have a friend-seagull with only one wing.
After the aquarium we were surprised to find that all the shops were closing and we wandered around looking for anything still opened (at 14.30!); a bit dissapointed we soothed our sorrows with a huge pile of sushi which we ate sobbingly in the hotel accompanied by a bottle of wine.
Sunday morning (today) we drove to Cape Kidnappers, which is a spot clouded with tourist (and at some times birds as well). There is a stunning walk to the actual point, but it takes 5 hours, so we decided to drive to Te Mata instead. There you are able to look all over Napier and Hastings. We walked around for about 2.5 hours with lots of climbing involved. At some points the track just stopped and you had to climb the stones up or down.
On the way back to Taupo, we stopped by a winery and did a little tasting. We now got lovely red wine. New Zealand is way too good in its wine. And its chocolate. And its baking. Luckily New Zealand is big on exercise too, compensating for all the lovely food and alcohol. Before we arrived in Taupo we stopped by some waterfalls on the way. Again, stunning.