today two French tourists were attacked whilst in their camper in Napier
The man was badly beaten by a Maori man and woman, he was whipped with a pistol
NZ is not a safe place
be very careful see my other warnings
this is 20th Oct 2013
We drove down from Taupo and Napier with the tank almost full. But in the long winding hilly terrain and exshauting journey we found to our shock that there was not a single gas station en route ! Not even a board suggesting when and where we will find one.
If you planning for a road trip have a full tank and enquire where you can fill gas during your journey.
The beach at Napier is not the most attractive beach as it is covered in stones rather than the nice white sand that can be found on most New Zealand beaches. This warning is, however, more to do with the nature of the ocean beach than the stones on its shores.
It is not recommended that people swim at the beach here as the currents and waves can change very quickly and can be very dangerous. It is not unheard of for a freak wave to smash onto the shores and drag a person into the sea who had been walking along the beach. My advice... stay clear of the water's edge.
Most of the beaches near the city are not safe for swimming this is partially due to the earthquake in 1931 that raised a lot of the Marine Parade out of the sea. As a result there's only a few metres of shallow water before a sudden drop to the sea floor. Some of the waves can also get quite large and it hasn't been unknown for people to get swept away while walking along the beach. There are warning signs and flags that go up if the swell is classed as dangerous.
If you wish to swim at the beaches, there are some safe swimming spots that have lifeguards. These are indicated (like on all NZ beaches) by a set of red and yellow flags. Swiming between these flags means that there is a lifeguard watching that area between the flags.