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From Rotarua we headed towards Taupo for a lunch stop on our way to Napier. Parking close to the shores of the magnificent lake we found a pub for lunch. After spending some time admiring the views we were back in the car and Napier bound.
After four nights of camping we had booked an AirBnB with a lady called Hillary. Hillary was there to greet us and show us around the apartment. It was a lovely retro style apartment alongside the garage. Before long we had purchased some groceries and made ourselves at home. The rest of the day we relaxed!!
In the 1930’s Napier was hit by a huge earthquake which resulted in much of the town needing to be rebuilt. Since Art Deco was fashionable at the time, a lot of the buildings were constructed with this theme. We headed to the waterfront and spent some time wandering along the promenade and around town.
The following day we headed out to Ocean Beach. It was a recommendation from Hillary and she even lent us a few boogie boards to play with in the waves. The sandy beach was a scenic half hours’ drive from Napier. The kids enjoyed playing in the sand, but none of us were brave enough to venture more than knee high into the sea – it was freezing!!
On our final day in Napier Dad distracted the kids in the pool (again this was freezing!) while Mum went into town to purchase a few Christmas items. It was only a couple of days until Christmas and we had to keep the magic alive!!
Saying ‘Goodbye’ to Hillary and her husband we drove down to the tiny town of Pahiatua and pitched our tent for the night in Carnival Park Campground. While the kids played, we chatted to a young Kiwi lad who was making his way around the country while sheep shearing to make his living.
The next morning was Christmas Eve. We packed the tent up and had another two-hour drive to our next AirBnB apartment near Wellington…