Paddy & Leigh's Escape Down Under travel blog

Leigh at Huka Falls


Huka Falls



Napier's black beach


Outside the AirBnB

Outside the AirBnB

On 17th Jan we left Tauranga heading for the art deco capital of the world (so we're told) Napier. Nice AirBnB although it was tucked in behind the garage and we had 108 steps to get down to the town centre "stairs equal years" say it in an NZ accent and it makes more sense! That's what we were told by the landlady anyway.

Stopped off at yet another water fall. This time Huka Falls - and very impressive they were too. 220,000 litres of water a second passing through the gorge. It makes hell of a row!

The next day we did a tour of Napier. Weather wasn't brilliant but we managed to stay dry. Napier itself is very nice - rebuilt in the Art Deco style after the earthquake of 1931. The beach is a bit odd as it is mostly black stones!

Made the mistake of paying to visit Napier prison (the oldest in NZ). It wants pulling down! It was so bad it made me laugh in places but that doesn't mean it was worth the forty buck entry fee! Spent the rest of the day in the car (in the rain) searching for places for me to go fly fishing for trout the next day.

So, the day of the hunter gatherer arrived - I spent a lovely day on the Tutaekuri river. Caught the sun but came back completely uncontaminated by fish! Leigh spent the day doing some retail therapy in Napier. We ended up in the local Italian restaurant in the evening.

Heading for Wellington tomorrow. Weather seems to be taking a turn for the worse but at least its not England!

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