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morning light

9:00 am Winery tour with lunch.

Today is the Ides of March and I’d heard (from someone on Travbuddy) that Eastern New Zealand saw the beginning of a new day before almost anyone else in the world.  That, plus the fact that our room had a great view of the beach across the street, made it worth getting up in time for the sunrise.  Frankly the sunrise wasn’t all that special but the morning light on the seaside gardens kept me happily photographing until it was time to go to the wine tasting at Mission Wineries.  (Yeah, it’s a difficult life) 

 

On the way to the winery we stopped at one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen.

detail of the Tobacco Building door
  It’s Art Deco style, perfectly proportioned and built by the National Tobacco Company.  The architect was Louis Hays but it looked like a Sullivan building.  It just blew me away and was one of the highlights of the entire tour (for me anyway, but I love good architecture).

 

 We continued on and the tour group managed to spend the rest of the morning tasting and visiting the cellars until it was time for lunch on the estate lawn.  All in all a great way to start the day and I’d highly recommend Mission Winery for lunch if you’re in Napier.

 

Back at the Te Pania Hotel, the tour group all went our individual ways.  I have limited interest in shopping so my husband and I walked along the waterfront to the Napier Aquarium.

waterfall into Centennial Gardens
  We managed to bypass the Opossum World which sells all things possum (just in case you needed to know where to buy possum fur items) in order to watch more native fish.  New Zealand has so much coastline that the ocean is always present.  I’d like to have seen the fish in a fish market but never managed to find one so we made do with the aquarium.

 

Next we walked back through town and went north towards the port.  We’d seen a map that listed a park on something called the Bluff Hill Overlook and it seemed promising.  Well, actually I’d seen it and I wanted to go there.  My husband happens to be a saint (all our friends say so) and is willing to go along with my ideas.  I do occasionally get the look illustrated in one of today’s photos when I’ve gone a little too far.

the famous "What Have You Gotten Me Into Now" look
  This was one of those times. 

 

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  First, as we headed towards the Bluff Hill Overlook, we came across the Centennial Gardens which pulled us in with its beautiful flowers.  Then we noticed a stupendous waterfall cascading down the hill.  Wow.  And Wow again.  This is the hill we were trying to climb to get to the park.  That’s when I got THE LOOK.


However, we found a path up the hill, got to the Bluff Hill Overlook, looked at the sunset, and walked back down to the hotel just in time to run into others from the group.



We sat outside with Margaret, Art, Linda, Mike and Leslie and solved the problems of the world over a few local beers.  By this time it was after 8 and too late to find dinner so we had peanut butter sandwiches and called it a day.

portia says:
I have actually touched a life possum once, it has really soft fur, so I can imagine products made from it.
Posted on: Apr 07, 2007
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morning light
morning light
detail of the Tobacco Building door
detail of the Tobacco Building door
waterfall into Centennial Gardens
waterfall into Centennial Gardens
the famous What Have You Gotten M…
the famous "What Have You Gotten …
morning in Napier
morning in Napier
the Natioanl Tobacco Building desi…
the Natioanl Tobacco Building des…
the entry ceiling and sky light
the entry ceiling and sky light
exterior detail
exterior detail
Mission Winery
Mission Winery
Gordon at the Mission Winery
Gordon at the Mission Winery
Napier Aquarium
Napier Aquarium
Napier Aquarium is not just for fi…
Napier Aquarium is not just for f…
Napier sculpture
Napier sculpture
Napier street
Napier street
Possum World - for all your possum…
Possum World - for all your possu…
Centennial Gardens
Centennial Gardens
Centennial Garden waterfall
Centennial Garden waterfall
the view from on Bluff Hill
the view from on Bluff Hill
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photo by: nonna