Napier…………Hawke’s Bay

 

I left Tairua (Maori for two tides — this side of the Coromandel Peninsular faces directly out to the Pacific Ocean and receives two tidal exchanges everyday) to drive south again to Napier; I arrived there to discover that I had just missed Art-Deco week, which is a big annual event in Napier, which is known as an Art-Deco town; by way of compensation, the British car rally club was on a tour of NZ and had just arrived in Napier.

I found a lovely little ocean-side b&b, which was only a 15 minute stroll to McLean Park, the venue for the one day international cricket match between the Kiwis and England, which took place on Wednesday 20th Feb and was my “raison d’être” for the timing of my arrival in Napier; more about the cricket later, so keep watching girls!

The Art-Deco buildings behind the promenade at Napier

The crowded beach looking out at the Pacific……………..

Marine Parade, which stretches for miles; Pacific Ocean to your left, promenade road to your right………….

Promenade road……………..

The main road and railway intersection at Napier, above and below

Sea-Breeze, my charming little b&b for 2 nights…………………….and below, the little breakfast balcony looking out over the Pacific……………

Below, a few of the cars at the rally…………………

Jaguar XK 120…………….

Ford Zephyr 6

 

Mandatory Morris Minor…………

Beautiful 1948 Riley…………………………..

Two more XK Jaguars……………….

Lovely 1951 Allard……………………….

I learnt to drive in an Austin A35 Saloon…………………..this is an example of  the A35 Van….

My personal favourite from the rally in Napier, a beautiful 1937 Riley Sprite……………

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “Napier…………Hawke’s Bay

  1. It must be almost a dream trip! The little bed and breakfast and the views! Will you ever want to come home! Xx

    • I probably will not want to come home, or more importantly, leave New Zealand………but I will leave, although my leaving will certainly be with a plan to return…………. XX (*_*)