I found a deal on grabone a few weeks ago for 2 nights at the Masonic Hotel in Napier. Art deco loveliness and a bit of a bargain. The perfect getaway for me after the manic few months I've had working. I flew in on Sunday morning on a tiny plane from Wellington airport with a bit of a hangover. Gollum was there to wave me off.
When I landed there was a lovely lady there with a shuttle bus who offered me a lift. Great! I dropped my stuff off at the hotel as it was too early to check in, and I went round the corner to eat the most delicious and well needed breakfast at their bar, Emporium. .
After breakfast, I trotted over the road to the Art Deco centre. A lovely shop which has historical movies about the earthquake in 1931 and another movie about Art Deco in Napier, the history and styles. I started with the earthquake and re-building of the town. Then I bought some presents.... it was after this that I got the shopping bug. I went for a walk, and I shopped... danger zone...
I'll show everything I bought in a separate post. This one's for pretty pictures.
After this, which I found quite tiring having partied the night before and getting up early that morning, I walked to the seafront, where I sat with my book and listened to a lone guy playing his guitar and singing on a tree trunk. Bliss! You can just about see him in one of the photos below.
It started to rain, and as I was about to leave, a brass band started playing on the stage behind me. I stayed for a while and listened, then went to my hotel, checked in, napped, freshened up, and went to the pub. The rest is history. I made some new friends, played giant Jenga, ate good food, drank good wine, and slept, better than I have in weeks.
The gorgeous roof terrace outside my bedroom at the hotel.
The rooms are basic at the Napier, but lovely nonethless and the bed was comfy as!