La sirenita de - Napier - Mermaid
Leyenda de Pania , la hermosa doncella de la gente del mar y Karitoki su amante Maorí .
Hispania era una mujer del mar y un día conoció a un hombre de la tierra, con quien se casó.
Pania vivía con su esposo en una casa Whare en un lugar ahora conocido como Sturm Gully, cerca del dique de Napier.
Pero la gente del mar siempre la llamaba. Ella se resistió a su llamado durante mucho tiempo, pero la atracción de la gente del mar se hizo irresistible y nadó a su encuentro sólo una vez.
La gente del mar salió de las profundidades , la rodearon y la llevaron hacia en las cavernas del fondo del mar, para no regresar nunca más a la tierra de los mortales.
Y ahora, si pasas por encima del arrecife , verás a Pania con los brazos abiertos, esforzándose siempre en volver con su amante que perdió aquel fatídico día
Pania legend , the beautiful maiden of the sea people and Karitoki and her handsome Maori lover.
Pania was a woman of the sea and one day she met a man of the land, whom she married.
Pania lived with her husband in a whare (house) at a spot now known as Sturm's Gully, near the foot of the Napier breakwater.
But the sea people were forever calling her. She resisted their call for a long time, but the lure of the sea people became irresistible and she swam out to meet them, just once.
The sea people came from the depths and surrounded her, they drew her down into the caverns of the sea, never to return to the land of mortals.
And now, if you pass over the reef where the kingfish shoal and gaze in to the depths, you will see Pania with arms outstretched, ever striving to return to the lover she left on that fateful day.
Mahia Peninsula - piece of heaven
Mahia Peninsula is situated between Napier and Gisborne. It is about a 2 hour drive from Napier (1 hour from Gisborne) along SH 2; in Nuhaka is a turn off to the peninsula. The scenic roads follows Hawkes Bay.
Through an isthmus we did reach the settlement of Mahia Beach with a very wide sandy beach. Although we were in the middle of the summer we didn’t see anybody; almost unbelievable.
On the north/east side is another road along the coast. And the scenery is completely different with rocky beaches and bizarre rock formations. Elsewhere we found a lot of rock pools and almost at the end of the road at Auroa Point again huge rocky platforms and small pools with sea urchins and sea horses.
In the inland of the peninsula is a track through coastal forest in the Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve. From Mahia follow the gravel road for 7 km's to a car park.
A very beautiful piece of New Zealand and so unknown. In the meantime is Mahia one of our favourite spots.
For more info and pics see my Gisborne page.
Marine Parade is the long boulevard style road that runs along between the foreshore of the beach and the town area. The street is lined with trees and can be a pleasant place to stroll along.
The main area people go to is the little park (featured in some of the pics below) where open air concerts can be held. There is a fountain that is lit up at night.
There are a few family activities along Marine Parade, such as the Aqauarium and the Ocean Spa - outdoor baths. The information centre is also located next to the park.
Mini Golf on the esplanade
So many things in Napier are located right on the waterfront - on the grassy green area in front of the 'beach' (which is gravelly and doesn't look at all like a beach) and this mini golf range is another one, with a beautiful view of the ocean while you play.
Napier - What a City!
"CaPiTaL oF ArT DeCo"
Napier is a city id heard so much about, not only from workmates and other friends, but also from my grandfather who visited there not so long after the devastating earthquake in 1931, with the British Navy. So i was super dead keen to get down there, but up until just a fortnight ago we hadnt had the chance to get there, though thankfully when Waitangi Day kindly stepped in, it allowed us that chance.
Well, we packed everything into our hire car and set off for the picture-postcard setting of Napier for a long weekend. And what a great three days in Hawkes Bay we had!
"The Delightful Marine Parade"
The drive from Wanganui is very scenic to say the least, and the drive takes you through some glorious breaking landscapes, and sweeping fields full of grapes as far as the eye can see. Hawkes Bay is, if you werent already aware, up to its eyeballs in fantastic wineries, as many kiwis will strongly proclaim!! And having tasted some fine examples from the Bay, i can say their claims are very true!
Anyway, back to Napier... oh yeh, you will arrive as most do from the South, either on highway 50, or highway 2. Highway 2 takes you straight into the heart of the city via the gorgeous Marine Parade, which is lined with beautiful Norfolk pines, and immediately gives you a feel-good feeling about the place. I have been disappointed by many beachfronts i have visited so far in Nz (New Plymouth springs to mind), but Napiers is lovely.
Being from Englands sunny south coast, beach fronts are a pretty important factor in making a good summers weekend away, as they played such a major part in my childhood.
"Look at the view!"
There is simply tonnes to do in Napier.
I wont go on and list everything cos ill probably write the same things on my tips, but we found loads of activities and sights to keep us busy for the time we were there. Not to mention the rest of Hawkes Bay, which stretches down to Cape Kidknappers which is also easily accessible off SH2 just south of Napier.
Napier is a busy little town, about the same size as Wanganui, and like so many cosy, sunny settlements in Nz, it has so much character which makes it unique. I would like to say that if you come to Nz it is a mistake to only see Auckland and Wellington or Christchurch because you really cant get a feel for what a real Kiwi town is all about!