Posts Tagged ‘Hawke’s Bay’

October 5th – 7th: Napier, part two

October 13, 2008

As promised, more pictures from our time in beautiful Napier and Hawke’s Bay.

Taking inspiration from the National Tobacco Company factory.

Taking a cue from the National Tobacco Company factory.

The gorgeous ceiling in the National Tobacco Company lobby.

The gorgeous ceiling in the tobacco building lobby.

Another cool Art Deco building in downtown Napier.

Another cool Art Deco building in downtown Napier.

Hawke's Bay from the highest point in Napier.

Hawke's Bay from the highest point in Napier.

The Hawke’s Bay area is well-known for its vineyards, so we spent a day on the wine trail. We also stopped at a nearby olivery, where we gorged ourselves on all the different varieties and bought way more than we planned, and at a creamery. We tasted a bunch of smelly cheeses, and Becky even discovered that she can eat some kinds of blue cheese.

Say cheese!

Say cheese! (Click on the picture for more foolishness.)

On the drive home, we caught another spectacular sunset. We just can’t get enough of this New Zealand countryside.

A lonely tree under dramatic skies.

A lonely tree under dramatic skies.

October 5th – 7th: Napier, part one

October 9, 2008

Becky finally got a few days off, so we drove up the east coast to Napier in Hawke’s Bay. The city is best known for its Art Deco architecture, courtesy of a major earthquake in 1931 that left most of the city needing rebuilding. Many of the buildings have been preserved to showcase the unique style, leaving it with the highest concentration of Art Deco structures in the world.

The local newspaper office from the 30s - it's now a realty company, but the art deco design is preserved both inside and out.

The local newspaper office from the 30s - it's now a realty company, but the art deco design is preserved both inside and out.

A mural on an alley wall - check out the streetlight emerging from the painting.

A mural on an alley wall - check out the streetlight emerging from the painting.

A row of shops in downtown Napier.

A row of shops in downtown Napier.

Even the manhole covers get Deco'd.

Even the manhole covers get Deco'd.

Us in the gardens along Napier's beachfront.

Us in the gardens along Napier's beachfront.

This waterfall, on the edge of town, was apparently built by prison labor.

This waterfall, on the edge of town, was apparently built by prison labor.

More pictures to come, featuring alcohol, tobacco, and firearms cheese!