Wish you all a happy and healthy year 2023!
Yes, that’s Sky Tower in Auckland. No, I couldn’t go there this time, like I said in my previous post. I just finished my self-isolation on 31 December 2022. This photo was taken in 2014. That was the year I went to Auckland for my friend’s wedding.
I read on the news that in some towns or cities in New Zealand, the residents complain about the fireworks because the fireworks scare their livestock. That’s true. You can usually hear dogs bark when someone starts the fireworks here. The dogs are scared of that because it sounds like thunder. Poor doggies. I wonder if New Zealand will, like other countries, use drones instead of fireworks.
I didn’t post too many photos of Napier in my last blog, so I am going to post some more now. 🙂
Napier is a wine region in New Zealand. You can find many vineyards here. Some of them are only like 10 minutes away from the suburb centre. Mission Estate Winery is one of them. They are not in the countryside.
The estate of Mission Estate Winery used to be a seminary. The French priests came to Napier as missionaries in 1800’s. This building was originally somewhere close to the shore of Napier. However, after the earthquake in 1931, the priests realized it probably wasn’t a good site for the seminary so they moved the entire building to the current site which is on a hill. Years later, it was turned into this winery. The rooms have now been converted into dining rooms.
It is quite a famous estate. Singers like Elton John and Robbie Williams(? I think), have performed here. The Winery invite famous singers to hold a concert every year.
How about the catholic churches in Napier now? Let’s take a look.
St. Patrick’s Church is in the CBD of Napier.
I really enjoy the walk around city – if I have nothing to do or if I am not in a hurry, like catching the bus. Well, actually, before the bus comes, I like to stroll along Marine Parade.
If you are lucky, you can spot a little train.
If you are interested, there is an aquarium along the beach.
If you drive up to the north, you will reach Ahuriri.
That’s all for now. I will explore more of this place, slowly.
I am slowly recovering from COVID.
P.S. Thanks to those who drove me around to explore the place. You know who you are. 🙂 Also thanks to Eastern Institute of Technology who organised the tour to different places around Napier.
1 January 2023
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