Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Goodbye Napier!

After 3 lovely weeks in Napier we're on our way again!  We're looking forward to seeing quite a bit more in the next week and a half as we make our way up to the most northern tip of NZ.  

Some last pictures of our time here:

Kite flying in the fields right behind the house we're staying in.  This was a great location for us with lots of room to play and a playground too!

Visiting the Art Deco souvenir shop :)

The infamous possum.  These critters were brought over from Australia in the 1800s as an attempt to start a fur industry.  Little did they know that because there are no predators the population of these animals would rise astronomically and would quickly became pests. Despite trapping, poisoning and shooting there are still over 30 million in the country.

Silly boys...

This guy plays so well on his own a lot of the time but does beg for someone to play soccer or rugby with him or time on the computer.  Pretty well rounded I'd say :)

A walk through the botanical gardens in Napier.  The seasons are so mixed up here and would definitely take some getting used to for someone who moved here from North America or Europe.  It's fall/winter and lots of trees have lost their leaves but at the same time things are being planted, some trees are budding and you can still find flowering trees!

A pigeon house.

Freshly planted primula.

Some silly kids on a pretty bridge.

Some pretty blossoms...

And a souvenir to take home for our kiwi babe - made with New Zealand sheepskin and wool. :)

Cape Kidnappers

Conrad took Anneke and Lukas on a 4-5 hour walk along the beach towards Cape Kidnappers.  The name comes from an attempt to kidnap one of Captain Cook's servants by the Maori in 1769.  Gorgeous coastline that is home to the largest mainland colony of gannets. They're all out to sea at this time of year though so they didn't see any but the views were worth it.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Napier - Art Deco capital of NZ

We're staying in Napier right now and have been keeping our eyes open for the Art Deco architecture that it's known for.  The city was demolished in the 1931 earthquake and the ensuing fires.  When it was rebuilt they decided to build a cost efficient, simple, and strong city.  It was only later that the style was labeled as Art Deco.

Having fun in the gift shop...

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Te Mata Peak

We drove up Te Mata Peak this week.  It's the highest peak in the area with absolutely gorgeous 360 degree views!  The beautiful sunny day helped :)



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Exploring the playgrounds and scenery around Napier

We're moving into winter here in New Zealand.  Of course not winter like we know it but it's definitely getting cooler and the deciduous trees leaves are almost all down.  Gorgeous colours at the park we found on our drive the other day though!

Turkeys :)

We saw this old carved tree stump at the end of someone's driveway.

Feeling like Kiwis playing a bit of rugby :)

This park is right along the ocean!  A beautiful place to sit and listen to the waves while the kids play.

Although the beach itself is just as much of a playground...