So we made it up to Te Mata lookout, not that it was too tough we were able to drive all the way up. The views were amazing, we could see from the ocean to the mountains overlooking the vineyards in the valley.
While we were up there we were able to watch a couple of hang gliders taking off from the peak on some purpose built "runways". That was pretty cool to be standing on the tip of the hang glider while the guy ran off the edge of the mountain and caught the breeze to soar over the valley below. I have video of the take off but it would cost a fortune to upload it to this blog since I'm paying for Internet Access by the minute.
We found a couple of great lookouts at the peak and took some pretty cool photos of us sitting on the edge of the peak. Looking down you can see all the way to the valley floor some 5-6,000 ft down.
After that we walked around the town center of Napier. The art deco buildings were pretty cool. When they rebuilt the city the upper half of the buildings were the art deco the lower are the shops.
We found the local grocery store and got supplies for dinner and breakfast.
The hostel at which we're staying is the best one by far. They have great rooms, laundry, Internet, 300+ DVD movies we can watch, BBQ Grill, two kitchens and full facilities shower. Not bad at all for $52NZD a night.
We bought some small steaks at the store, some fresh asparagus, some Lindt's chocolate for dessert and a bottle of New Zealand Cab/Merlot. Best meal we've had in a number of days.
Hope everyone is doing well back home.
Mike & Jen