The drive to the Hawkes Bay region across the mountains was again spectacular. Unfortunately it is impossible to stop on these mountainous roads to take photos so most of these were taken from the car window.
We are staying in the grounds of Mission Estate Winery in Taradale, near Napier.
The food at their restaurant was exceptional.
The Farmhouse is a lovely cottage, very well appointed, and since we arrived the weather has been great.
Napier is an Art Deco city and has some excellent buildings of the era. A large cruise ship was in port when we visited so the town was buzzing with tourists. The Esplanade is lined with flower gardens and colonnades.
If you are coming to the area we would certainly recommend the accommodation. Check them out at http://www.missionestate.co.nz/