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Week4 – The Bay

22 – 28 Jan ’11

Wellington Anniversary weekend – a chance for my Lovely Man and I to get away, spend some quality time together while my Mum took care of the kids. “Thanks, Mum!”.  This is a treat we’ve often indulged in.  Late January, you can almost guarantee the weather will behave – almost.  This year we were not so lucky.  The whole of the North Island was inundated with a massive down pour caused by a huge low pressure system.  My plans to get loads of pretty shots of the Art Deco City were quite literally washed away.  Fortunately Napier was not as badly affected as some areas of the country.  But still I had to opt for indoor, out-of-the-rain photography.

 

The Mission

… should you choose to accept it… –  no, not really.  We’d booked ourselves on a guided tour of three wineries and a brewery for Saturday afternoon.  We were collected promptly from our accommodation by John of Hawkes Bay Scenic Tours * and whisked away, through the imposing gates of The Mission and to our first stop.

The Mission Estate Winery is the oldest winery in New Zealand, started by French Missionaries in the 1850’s.  There’s an interesting video that tells the story of the winery.

The Estate is still owned by the Church, but the site is no longer used as a seminary.  It’s now a restaurant, wedding and conference venue and the host of regular concerts by international artists.

John introduced us to a lovely young lady (whose name I’ve forgotten) who guided us through tasting a range of the Mission’s excellent wines.  And it was thanks to John’s suggestion that I set up and took this shot.     Continue reading

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