So the boys won beer pong in Taupo and Woody made a 'sofa friend' and it was time to crack on to Napier. We were driving through horrendous rain when people started flashing their lights at us going in the opposite direction; this means one of two things 1) a bad accident slow down or 2) Police
Can you guess which one??
Yes the bloody rozzers sat there round a corner, it was lucky speed demon Rex wasn't driving and we coasted by acting casual doing a steady 97kph!!! Right surely that must be it but NO less than 15 minutes another Police car is sat there waiting to rip off tourists doing 101kph!!
It really is a running joke now and one that goes completely against the hospitality we have experienced throughout NZ. Anyway we get to Napier without further incident - well that depends if you call almost driving off with the boot still open an incident - to be met by bright sunshine and a pretty beach. So without as much of a second thought the brand new rugby gets a good workout as we practice our drop kicks, our torpedoes and back moves that would put England to shame, and if the coaching staff were watching then we are available on Saturday ;)
Napier is a strange place, it reminds me of those towns depicted in American films with diners and Micheal J Fox starting fights with Biff and avoiding dumper truck full of s***. We decide to have a plod around and within 20 minutes have seen the buildings and reckon its now time to head to the Aquarium - New Zealand's biggest and best we are told - well if that 'thing' is the best then my mum's pond with a few frogs in it would instantly become the new champion. Another tourist trap, I even felt sorry for all the school kids mopping around it, but then I realized they probably live here and still think REM are current (seriously it is played everywhere!!!), so there is no hope for them.
Onto today and the wine tasting - probably my favourite activity we have done so far. What could be better than cycling around looking like idiots, or for Rex 'special', drinking great wines and destroying platters of cheese and biscuits. It is without question the best way to get round and see the wineries, all of which had excellent wines. I have a slight wine head on me so I going to call it a day and hit the sack.
Next stop 3 men in a geothermal pool…….