Day 35–Wed., Feb. 9, 2011–Napier, NZ

     Napier, in Hawke’s Bay, is a popular tourist city.  One of Napier’s most significant events occurred on  February 3, 1931 when the city was leveled by an earthquake, killing 258 people.  The town was destroyed and rebuilt in the popular Art Deco style of the time. 

     We were told last night that there was a tropical storm we would be passing through and it might get rough.  It was mild rolling and we wouldn’t have to miss the port.  We had a noon arrival, so there were activities during the morning, painting, Wii and a culinary demo.  We had another tour with Ann, so we grabbed a slice of pizza for lunch.

     Our tour was about 3 1/2 hours with a drive along the scenic coast from Napier to Te Awanga.  We went with Gannet Safaris Overland to the gannet colony at Hawke’s Bay Cape Kidnappers in a 4×4 van.  We drove through beautiful private property to the cliff top with panoramic views where the gannet are nesting.  It did not smell as good as the view.  In the first picture we are heading for the cliff in the far distance on the left.  It was another amazing day.  It was worth the long ride out to see the Gannets.  We’ll have to come back someday to visit the town.  The local Port Authority offered a free shuttle into town.  This tour was 90 NZ dollars per person.

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When we got back to the dock, there were a few people from a local car club showing off their cars.  They even dressed in period clothes.

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     After dinner our entertainment was Leo Ward and his ten assistants.  He is an amazing magician and comedian.  We sat downstairs so we could keep an eye on him.

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Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.-

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