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February 5, 2016 / cmfletcher

By the sea

We spent a lazy day in Napier, just enjoying being by the sea. Unfortunately it is a pebble beach with a sharp drop off, so no swimming here, unless you drive to a sand beach. So instead we did the usual seaside things — played miniature golf, walked along the sea front and visited the national aquarium.

The sense of community and the common good and just good sense about being a tourist destination is very apparent. There is a bicycle repair station with tools; phone booths with wifi, good public loos with showers, beautiful gardens along the sea front, and a general welcoming feel.

More public space while still having a busy downtown and sea front makes a better mix that all commercial property along the beach.

The National Aquarium has good well marked exhibits, but the highlight is the Oceanarium, a long circular plexiglass walkway under the big tank. We managed to be there for feeding time. All I could think of is that the diver must feel under seige — like the woman in Hitchcock’s The Birds. I really liked the reef display, too, clown fish are just cute, no wonder Finding Nemo was a hit.

Tonight we are going to a local chef for a dinner of 5 tasting courses. The menu will depend on what he thinks was fresh and interesting when he did his shopping this morning. Can’t wait!

 

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  1. Craig J Costanzo / Feb 5 2016 4:26 pm

    Hi Chris, I am enjoying your blog. Appears you and Peter are having a great adventure. Enjoy🤗

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