As promised, here are some pictures from our detour via Napier on the way back to Wellington.
At first I really wasn’t convinced I liked Napier – there’s a lot of art deco and it can be quite overwhelming. But then my first glimpse was one evening after a 5.5 hour drive. When I had a chance to see (and photograph) the city the next day in the sunlight (and heat – oh my god the heat!), it was more than enough to make me fall in love. Not that I’d want to live there mind, it’s a bit small and Wellington will always have my heart. But it’s a beautiful place to visit.
Here’s the best of Napier once again via instagram (p.s. if you’ve got instagram search for me @purplemagolia – I love discovering new people to follow!):
On driving into Napier it became abundantly clear that we were in for some warm, borderline tropical, temperatures. It was amazing how different the climate was from both Wellington and the Coromandel.
Of course the most well known thing about Napier isn’t the climate, it’s the fact that following the 1931 earthquake which devastated much of the town, the everything was rebuilt in art deco style. It takes a bit to get used to but it definitely grows on you. I loved the way the city has worked so hard to preserve this heritage, right down to the shops signs and sculptures.
This is probably my favourite photo of the trip. Napier has reawakened my love of vintage things I think.
A highlight of the trip, shopping wise at least, was being able to visit Chantal Organics. While we can’t afford to eat everything organic we try to our best to eat wholefoods that are sustainably grown or produced, sometimes this means organic, sometimes it doesn’t. Not only did Chantal Organics have an amazing array of organic food at good prices, it also had a fantastic Wholefood cafe. It also afforded me an opportunity to take some of those detail shots I so love taking.
We made the most of good prices (a result of a fertile climate no doubt) and stocked up before driving home, both at Chantal Organics and at the local farmers market. The highlight for me? Purple Heart potatoes.
Before we left we managed to squeeze in a trip to gather a gorgeous little boutique wool shop with amazing natural hand died wools. We didn’t buy anything but S. was definitely tempted by the DIY natural die kits.
All in all it was a beautiful trip and lovely wee stop on our way home. Napier’s definitely a place a could imagine visiting again. It’s got soul, a bit like Raglan does actually, though infinitely more classy. It’s all that art deco I think, it gives the city an air of confidence – or maybe it’s just murals like this one that leave that impression…