We arrived in Napier around midday on Saturday. We couldn’t believe how incredible the weather was. We knew it was going to be a lot nicer than Wellington, but we didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. It literally felt like summer, and we’re in the middle of winter here in New Zealand.
We drove straight to the place we were going to stay overnight, which was a place we found on AirBnB. This is only the second time we’ve stayed at an AirBnB property, and let me tell you, we were seriously impressed! The pictures online don’t do the property justice (no offence to the host, or whoever took the photos, haha), but I took a few of my own.
The property was absolutely stunning, both inside and out. Jeremy and I were super impressed and were discussing the fact that we could see ourselves living in a property like that one day. The hosts were amazing too. Very friendly and helpful. If you’re ever going to Napier and you’re looking for a place to stay – go there!
Because the weather was so amazing, we decided to go for a walk along the waterfront. We may or may not have been playing a bit of Pokemon GO… But I was taking some photos too. Clouds rolled in and the sky started to look pretty dramatic. I always prefer taking photos when there are clouds in the sky. A clear blue sky is great and all, but doesn’t photograph as well.
After our walk, we headed back to the AirBnB property and sat down to decide what to do for dinner. We looked at quite a few places and decided that Pacifica Kaimoana looked really nice. They do a $50 degustation menu that both Jeremy and I really liked the look of. We called up to book the table and were informed that we were more than welcome, but they couldn’t serve us any alcohol, as they currently didn’t have a liquor licence. No idea why, and I thought it would be quite rude to ask, so we went along anyway and stuck with water.
The food was absolutely delicious. This was our menu:
Brussels sprout tortellini, mushroom ragout, Parmesan cheese
Warmed yellowfin tuna, squid mince & prawn congee
Sesame crusted swordfish, bacon & mussel casserole
Brie, local honey, sliced fig bread
We decided to have an early night as we wanted to make the most of the Sunday, so we went back to the AirBnB property after dinner. It’s strange, but it kind of felt like a home away from home. We really enjoyed our stay there, and will definitely be back if we go to Napier again.