Days 46 and 47: Napier
We spent a wonderful few days in Napier as part of our Spaceships adventure and were so lucky with the wonderful weather we had. Leaving Masterton we headed for Napier (seeing Manukura the amazing white kiwi on the way!) and arrived in sunny and scenic Napier. We spent the evening down on Napier’s beach which looked just beautiful in the setting sun. Over the next few days we explored Napier and saw some of its many Art Deco buildings. Napier has quite a concentration of 1930s architecture and we only saw the buildings that were within walking distance (there are other bus tours etc.).
We learnt about the famous 1930 earthquake that levelled most of Napier’s buildings. We also visited Clive Square that is a really lovely park with lots of plants, trees and benches and was a nice place to sit and watch Napier’s world go by.
We spent time on the beautiful beachfront with its darkened sand and effervescent waves – one afternoon we sat for about two hours just watching the waves break on the shore in the sun. We also really enjoyed playing the mini golf that is right on the shore – called Par 2 Mini Golf. We played the ‘blue’ course here and loved it! The water features around the course were great and it was quite a unique course. Napier was somewhere that had been recommended to us by a family friend, and we are really glad we visited. It was a really relaxing time where we could enjoy some sun and sand and beautiful buildings!