From Napier to Auckland

We had a tremendous time in Napier.

On Wednesday, the group of us went roller skating down the boardwalk along the beach. It took me awhile to get used to my blades (the quads they had were too small) but, since I had a pair when I was younger, I was able to roll around with relative ease. Indi had rented some quads and tried to make it work, but they were just too small. We skated around for about an hour, up and down the walk. I felt like I was back in middle school again. The sun was warm, the wind was gentle, and the waves added that final touch of pleasantness to the afternoon.

Thursday was a busy (fun) day. Indi has been enjoying sleeping in, but my internal chronometer keeps waking me up early. Troy (CAN) and I drove a few kilometers out of town to a small brewery called The Filter Room. We ordered a small tray of six various ciders and beers to try and sat out on the patio sampling them. We had:

1. Pure All-Malt Lager. Weakest sauce of the bunch. Coors Light has more flavor.

2. Black Duck Superior Dark Ale. What a surprise! It tasted like a dessert, very rich and flavorful and a *hint* of chocolate at the end. It was like a gift.

3. Special Reserve. This was the Everlasting Gobstopper of ales. Citrus/honey/cinnamon flavors swirled around each other splendidly. A nice palate cleanser, too.

4. FORCE Premium Lager. Yeah, I just got this on name value. It’s more of an anti-Force, as it’s pretty light. Not as light as the Pure stuff though. I’d buy it for a dollar.

5. Perry. Best pear cider I’ve ever had. Bought a bottle for Indi. It had quite a crisp flavor.

6. Ballydooly Red Cider. Goes down smooth and packs a late punch. Also better than expected.

That night, we drove about 30 mins outside of Napier to the nearby Te Mata Mountain and gazed at the city and stars. When we were getting ready to leave, about a dozen bicyclists showed up after having pedaled all the way up the dang road. It was difficult to DRIVE. Instant respect.

Yesterday we said goodbye to our friends in Napier (possibly to meet up in a few months in China, whee!) and bussed to Auckland. Due to some fortunate financial news, we decided to splurge and stayed at the Sky Hotel downtown for one night, which is attached to this HUGE space needle attraction. I can’t seem to escape from them, as we stayed @ The Stratosphere in Vegas.

We found a nice backpacker near the docks and our next week is going to be here in Auckland. It’s huge. Can’t wait to tell you all about it. Later, of course. 🙂

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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2 Responses to From Napier to Auckland

  1. Brock says:

    That Special Reserve sounds pretty tasty. You should send me a bottle.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hope u are brushing up on your cricket knowledge, I am still trying to understand it after all these years, good luck.

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