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    Wine / Vino

    by elpariente Updated Feb 2, 2010

    De los vinos de Nueva Zelanda habría mucho que hablar , pues creo que han alcanzado un nivel de calidad excelente
    A pesar de ver cantidad de viñedos y bodegas por toda NZ , nosotros decidimos ir a visitar una bodega cerca de Napier , que se llama Matariki .
    El trato fue excelente , visitamos las viñas , las zonas de prensado , las bodegas ... y degustamos unos caldos excelentes

    About the New Zealand wines we should have much to say because I think they have reached a level of excellent quality
    Despite seeing many vineyards and wineries throughout NZ, we decided to visit a winery near Napier, called Matariki.
    The visit was excellent, we visited the vineyards, press areas, cellars , wineries ... and we tasted some excellent wines

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    Frisos

    by elpariente Updated Feb 2, 2010

    Los frisos están influenciados por temas decorativos como :
    * Los rayos a la salida del sol - que representa el amanecer de una nueva era moderna.
    * La forma Rascacielos - simbólica del siglo 20.
    * Símbolos de velocidad, potencia y de vuelo - la evolución de salir de nuevo en el transporte y las comunicaciones.
    * Las formas geométricas - en representación de la máquina y la tecnología que se pensaba solucionaría todos nuestros problemas.
    * La nueva mujer - se complacen en sus libertades sociales que ganó recientemente.
    * Las culturas antiguas - por extraño que parezca, hubo una fascinación por las civilizaciones de Egipto y América Central.

    The friezes are influenced by decorative themes as
    * Sunbursts and fountains - representing the dawn of a new modern age.
    * The Skyscraper shape - symbolic of the 20th century.
    * Symbols of speed, power and flight - the exiting new developments in transport and communications.
    * Geometric shapes - representing the machine and technology which it was thought would solve all our problems.
    * The new woman - revelling in her recently won social freedoms.
    * Ancient cultures - for oddly enough, there was a fascination with the civilizations of Egypt and central America.

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    Pasear y disfrutar / Walk and enjoy

    by elpariente Updated Feb 2, 2010

    Por el centro de Napier pasear es una auténtica diversión pues a cada paso encuentras un edificio , todos con no más de dos alturas como máximo , decorado con el estilo Art Deco que es fresco y agradable


    To stroll in the center of Napier is a real pleasure , as at every step you find a building, all with no more than two levels, decorated with Art Deco style that is fresh and pleasant

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    Art Deco Trust Walking Tour

    by pedroswift Updated Jun 10, 2009

    In my opinion a guided walk is a must during your visit to Napier. There is nothing better than hearing from someone who has a passionate interest in the subject. History of the area, the Earthquake and subsequent rebuild are all explained and physical features of the city which would probably go un-noticed are bought to the fore. Don't hesitate to do the walk.
    There is no need to book ahead: just turn up at the i-site in time for the walk.
    We opted for a two hour ($20 each) walk which began at 1400 at the 'i-site': Tourist Information Centre on Marine Parade.
    We watched a slide show in preparation for the walk; were given a booklet on Art Deco & enjoyed another audio vis show at the Art Deco Trust Headquarters Shop while enjoying a cup of tea and a nibble. The Deco Centre is located at 163 Tennyson Street, Napier 4110(Opposite Clive Square).
    There is a shorter option - one hour ($15) starting at 1000 each morning. These walks are conducted all year round - rain or shine.
    There is an evening walk starting at 1730 (5:30pm) during Summer months of Jan-Feb-Mar.

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    BLUFF HILL LOOKOUT

    by balhannah Written Sep 17, 2008

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    This hilltop was originally occupied by the Army during World War 2. Its a great vantage point for views over Hawkes Bay, from Mahia Peninsula to Cape Kidnappers. Captain Cook, in 1769, sailed along the coast and noted this "Bluff Head" and he also named quite a few places along the coast. Be careful driving up this narrow, windy road to the lookout, as the locals speed up and down it, cutting corners, very dangerous.

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    Hello possums

    by iandsmith Written Sep 23, 2007

    Dame Edna Everidge may well welcome them but they have been a living catastrophe in New Zealand. What works in Australia has been a disaster over here. With no natural predators to keep the population down other than the ever-proliferating Australasian Harrier Hawk, possums have become the greatest introduced problem in New Zealand so, if you see a shop selling products from what might seem a potentially cuddly animal, buy some. Do the environment a favour.
    With over an estimated 10,000,000 of them they manage to chomp their way through an estimated 21,000 tonnes of vegetation every night. Frightening when you think about it.
    The Opossum Shop manages to stand out even on the oh-so-interesting Marine Parade and not only sells items but has an interesting display inside as well on how they live and breed.
    I bought three pairs of sox.

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    The wineries

    by iandsmith Written Sep 23, 2007

    Hawkes Bay is a noted wine growing area in New Zealand, more for reds than whites. We managed to visit a couple, Te Awa, where we ate lunch and Esk, which was on the way in. There are over 30 to choose from, which explains why we didn't to them all in one day!
    Quality varies, as you would expect, so take advantage of those who offer tasting opportunities.
    Te Awa gives "free" tastings so long as you eat at the restaurant. When you see the prices of the fare you will understand why they can afford to do that.
    There's a comprehensive wine trail map available at most tourist information centres (we got ours from Taupo) so you should have no trouble finding your way around.

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    On the face of it

    by iandsmith Written Sep 23, 2007

    Loved the museum, especially the facade with the monster climbing over the top (pics 1 & 2), but it was but one of a few oddities scattered around the town, none better than the name Napier Frivolity Minstrels (pic 3). No need to ask if they enjoy themselves.

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    An iron for the wood?

    by iandsmith Written Sep 23, 2007

    Not sure what was used to sculpt these recently removed trees from the local golf course (note how I chipped in with the opening) but they certainly caught my eye and I thought they were worthy of inclusion. I'm unsure of how many club lengths you might be allowed should your errant shot tarry there.
    If you're going past on the main road you can't help but notice them.

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    The Six Sisters

    by iandsmith Written Sep 22, 2007

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    Among the pre-earthquake survivors are the pillared Public Trust Building, built in 1922, and a lovely row of colourfully-painted colonial houses known as the "six sisters" on Marine Parade. These houses, built by a wealthy businessman for his six daughters, are now home to arts and craft shops and restaurants, some with live music at night.

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    Wine Tours

    by stevemt Written May 6, 2007

    There are a huge number of winery's in Hawkes Bay. Big ones and boutique ones.

    They are all well worth a visit to see the wine being made and to sample (who am I to say no). Many of the winery's also run small restaurants on the premises.

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    National Aquarium of NZ

    by salisbury3933 Written Dec 30, 2006

    This is an interesting place to have a look at along Marine Parade. You'll get a good idea of what lives in NZ waters, and there is also a kiwi enclosure, which I didn't expect to see, given that I was coming to an aquarium. $14 entry for Adults.

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    Art Deco Architecture

    by david1982 Written Oct 26, 2006

    Napier was flattened in the early 30's by an earthquake, which meant the entire town had to be rebuilt. The style of the time was very art deco, as shown in my pictures. Take a walk around Napier, you'll be surprised by the amount of interesting buildings!

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    Mission Estate Winery

    by kiwigal_1 Written Apr 18, 2006

    "The Mission" as it is often known is one of Napier's most popular vineyards. Not only are the wines superb but it is an excellent venue for functions such as weddings and even open air concerts are held here. The Mission Estate was established in 1851making it New Zealand's oldest winemaker.

    The Cellar Door is open for tasting from Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm and Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm

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    Craggy Range Winery

    by kiwigal_1 Written Apr 18, 2006

    The Craggy Range Winery is a contemporary vineyard. It is housed in very modern facilities with a 5 star restaurant - Terroir - attached to it.

    Tasting is available for free at the Cellar Door of Craggy Range winery single vineyard estate wines from Marlborough, Gimblett Gravels, and Martinborough. The variety I liked the best was the Sauvignon Blancs.

    See the website for more information on the winery and it's "story".

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