The Bay was destination # 2 on our road trip. We drove over a little known road called The Gentle Annie by locals (officially the Taihape-Napier Highway I think). What a brilliant road! Apart from the twist and turns and not one single town to stop at the entire way it is one of the most picturesque roads I've ever driven on. I think Noodle has all the photos on his camera but you can check it out here. The road is tar-sealed the whole way, a huge project that was just completed this year. I was not keen on driving on a dirt road for three hours.
We had just one weekend in Hawke's Bay so we had to pack it all in. Saturday morning we visited a petting farm: Hawkes Bay Farmyard Zoo. Who doesn't love feeding slobbery alpaca and cuddly lambs? The highlight of this excursion were Danny and Pebbles, the ponies! My boys' first-ever pony-riding experience.
|Pebbles and Danny, the ponies.|
We had a really fun morning here. My tips: wear gumboots, be prepared to get dirty, wear old clothes. It is a farm after all! (We packed our own morning tea complete with a thermos of hot coffee. Take a newspaper to sit on unless you don't mind sitting on duck poop).
|Little Guy wanted to bring these cuties home.|
We ended the day at the local sushi take-out restaurant. My kids were excited about that and although they had slightly different things from what we are used to it was a little taste of home for my boys. Plus they loved teaching my uncle how to use chopsticks.
|Uncle has not used chopsticks before? no way!|