Napier is an adorable coastal town in New Zealand, not far from many ancestral Maori lands.  It is the same port where I experienced the ‘Archway to the Ancestors’ excursion.  This time, with Rob and his English brother in tow, I wanted them to see some of the stunning views I experienced along my drive to Hakikino.  Thankfully this trip did not disappoint.

We stopped at a delicious strawberry patch to indulge in amazingly fresh and juicy berries.  We also went to a honey-making establishment where we had the pleasure of tasting a huge variety of locally produced strands of honey.  I had no idea there could be such a selection.  You could also view a working honeycomb filled with thousands of drones.  Toward the end of our trip we ventured to the top of Te Mata, a towering peak looking down to unbelievable views below – wineries, farmland, the banks of a winding river.  Sometimes I find that the best days arise from the quaintest ports where you don’t too many expectations.

TE MATA PEAK VIEW FROM THE TOP ROAD TO TE MATA SHADOWED WINERY BUZZY BEES

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND

GREEN TREE

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