Saturday, January 25, 2014

We love Hawke's Bay, plus Napier, Hasting and Mission Estate Winery

We spent three wonderful days in Hawke's Bay

The sea is wonderful to look at, but a bit too scary for me to swim.

One of the best things for me was to be able to eat all the wonderful stone fruit that they grow here.

A must-see is the lovely city of Napier with its Art Deco buildings. Most of the city was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931, and rebuilt in the Art Deco style popular at the time.
The symbol of the city is the statue of Pania of the Reef

For veggies eating in Napier I recommend the Wholefood Kitchen, next to the Chantal organic food store.

Next to Napier there is Hasting, also with lovely Art Deco buildings, and the funkiest lamp posts in NZ.

 Hawke's Bay is famous for its wineries, one of the most famous is Mission Estate Winery. It was established by French missionaries in 1851, making it New Zealand's very first Winery.

We also had a really enjoyable restaurant experience in Hawke's Bay, but this deserves a post on its now, so I will talk about it next time (and the photos of some of the dishes will amaze you!!)

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©

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