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Cruising through Havelock North, just south of Napier in Hawke’s Bay, we got a really good feeling. Despite it being the middle of the day, with children in school and people at work, there was a great vibe and intimate feel to the township. We checked out the local playpark, where we were amused by the water play system!

We made a beeline for the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, where it was all a-buzz with all things bees and honey!

You see these cute pastel-coloured bee hives everywhere in New Zealand. As lovers of honey, we were stoked to find out more about its production.

Famous for the 1931 earthquake, an event that dramatically changed the cityscapes, Napier has the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. As such, it’s often referred to as a 1930s film set, with vintage motors cruising street after street of Art Deco buildings.

Deciding to stop overnight, and not wanting to put our tent up for such a short time, we checked into Chris and Juls’ homestay, found on Airbnb. We’re so lucky with meeting such wonderful people when we do this, thank you whoever is looking out for us! Chris and Juls made us feel so welcome and spoilt by their comforts. We loved Juls’ top tip to run up Sugar Loaf Reserve. It was tough, as it was so steep, but the views across Napier to the ocean were totally worth it!

Hawke’s Bay, as with everywhere we go, our stay was too short, but we loved ya!

We’re heading inland now, to the geothermal area around Rotorua, join us in the next post!