Posts tagged ‘crown hotel’

April 20, 2014

19 Apr 2014 Taradale to Havelock Nth and 20 Apr Havelock Nth to Napier

19 Apr 2014 Breakfast in the room at the motel then off in the van to Mission Winery in Church Rd. Formerly run by the Marist Bros since the 1850s. 
Then on to Church Rd Winery where we went on a tour with Denise who really knows her stuff. She explained the process of white and red winemaking, showed us around the factory then we had a lesson in how to tell the difference in wines and how food alters the taste. 
On to another couple of tastings at the plentiful wineries of the area. Salvare was our lunch stop with more tastings (!) and grazing plates to share for lunch. We timed it well as it rained when we got inside. Back through more winery country to the Village Motel in Havelock Nth. I took a walk around the shopping centre but was too late to buy anything – just as well!
Dinner was at Craggy Peak Terroir Restaurant. Some bubbles to start then I had swordfish with clams and hay tart. Very swish place with wines to match.
20 Apr 2014
Breakfast in the room then Anna met us for a 50km ride from Havelock North along the Tuki Tuki River loop then on to the Puketapu ramble along the coast back to Napier. The wind was a little strong until we got to just out of Napier then it was blowing a gale! Di gave up just before the wind got worse. Wish I’d gone back by van myself. Anna took me to a waterfall in a park right in Napier. There was a wedding being held there. Not far away was Takaro Trails where I dropped the bike and walked back to the Crown Hotel where we started on Friday. 
The whole family joined us for dinner on our last night at Shed 2 Bistro on West Quay. I had Moroccan lamb and a chocolate brown for dessert. There was Anna, her partner Peter, Barry, Di, Sue, Lewis, Kerri-Anne and her mum, and of course, Jenny the organiser of this whole wonderful Easter weekend.
Tomorrow I’ll have time to look around Napier before being taken to the airport by Kerri-Anne around 12 noon. 
April 18, 2014

16-18 April Melbourne-Wellington-Napier-Taradale

16 Apr 2014 Had dinner with Craig, Gilda and Pat at Siam Kitchen. Craig drove me to Park Hyatt at Melbourne airport to stay before going to NZ the next day. It is a lovely hotel. So convenient to the airport. I actually slept until a family in a nearby room woke me up!

17 Apr 2014 Got a wake-up call at 6am. Had also set the alarm in the room and my mobile phone so they all went off at once. Walked across the walkway to check in with Air NZ. They are different to the other airlines. You scan you passport at a kiosk and then it spits out a baggage tag and boarding pass. Pop your bag on the conveyor belt and you’re free to go through customs. It was really quick. Unfortunately the plane was 3/4 hour late taking off so I only just made the flight from Wellington to Napier. The weather was bad and many flights were cancelled in Wellington. Thankfully mine wasn’t one of them. There is a tropical storm going through but it should clear by the weekend (fingers crossed). Jenny from the tour company picked me up from the airport. She didn’t know what flight I was on so she had met the previous 6 flights just in case! I was glad to see a friendly face. We got to the Crown Hotel and I had an hour to recover before dinner at the Milk and Honey restaurant next to the hotel. Tagliatelle with mushrooms, bacon – it was delicious as was the salt and chocolate tart washed down with a sauv blanc (what else?). Will need to do some serious bike riding over the weekend. I also met Anna, who is guiding us, and Barry and Di who are the only other riders beside me! Off to bed around 9pm. Let’s hope the weather improves tomorrow.

18 Apr 2014 Our prayers were answered because the rain had eased by the morning. It was still a bit windy but some blue sky was starting to show. Breakfast at Milk and Honey with Di and Barry. Great food. Off to Takaro Trails office to pick up our bikes with Jenny and Anna. Off along the foreshore and past many sights on our 50km ride to Taradale, which is really only around the corner from where we started! At the Colonial Lodge Motel for the night. I made use of the spa. Glad I brought my bathers. Off for Thai food for dinner tonight.