Back to my New Zealand adventure, Napier

Over the last couple weeks, I’ve been catching up on some deadlines, but before too much time has passed I wanted to post another installment of my trip down under last October.

After Phil and I left Palmerston North, we drove a couple hours north east to the coastal city of Napier, another wine-producing region located in Hawkes Bay.

On the way to Napier we drove past lovely green pastures and saw the occasional pink tree. These are pink leaves, not pink flowers! I noticed many on the South Island (colder climate) were more intensely pink and they looked softer and more faded pink as we drove north where the weather was getting warmer and sunnier.

Most of the bridges in New Zealand are one lane. Luckily traffic is light to non-existent on many roads out in the country so you rarely have to wait long to cross.

When we got to Napier we parked in the city parking lot next to the beach and stopped to admire the view before strolling through town to admire the art deco period architecture and get some lunch.

Napier was rebuilt after a large earthquake devastated the town in 1931, so the majority of the center of town feels like stepping back in time.


After having a fantastic lunch at a Turkish restaurant, we drove up the coast a short ways to Eskdale, where our airbnb was located, directly across the street from this beautiful dark sand beach.

The beachside vegetation looked a lot like what you find on the coast of California.
It’s a rocky beach, with good sized waves close to shore. I bet it has a strong undertow.

I love the vibrancy and abundance of the pink and magenta succulent blooms mixed in with the grasses.


Phil and I had dinner at a great little seafood place on the north side of Napier that happened to have a jazz trio playing. They were so much fun, taking requests for songs and making the perfect finish to another wonderful day in New Zealand.

Next stop on the journey will be Rotorua.

4 Responses to “Back to my New Zealand adventure, Napier”

  1. Hi Judy,
    I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Napier. I feel blessed to call this lovely city my home. In my opinion it is New Zealand’s best kept secret! Although we do get a lot more visitors coming to our port in the cruise ships. I’m really enjoying seeing New Zealand through the eyes of a visitor. I love your blog posts.

    • JudyCoatesPerez says:

      Hi Lynda,

      you are so lucky to live in such a beautiful spot, I’m truly envious!

      New Zealand reminds me a lot of California, and that’s one of the reasons I love it so much, but I have to say the people I’ve met on my travels in NZ have to be some of the warmest, funny, and genuinely kind people I’ve had the pleasure to meet and I look forward to going back again!

  2. Shirley Stevenson says:

    Thank you Judy for sharing your trip to New Zealand. It is a beautiful country.

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