Abba + Madonna + Jet-lagged Americans + Kiwis = Awesome Wine Tour!
Check out the photos from our time in Napier here: NZ Napier 2010
After landing in Auckland we hopped onto another flight on Air New Zealand to Napier, the art deco capital in the heart of wine country. Flying domestic internationally is much different here than stateside, and we found the service to be rather pleasant! I -LOVE- the packaging of Air New Zealand’s products; I wish they would send me some cups/dishes, etc! While in flight we met some people who were on a day flight to Napier from Auckland just to ‘have lunch’ and then return to Auckland for the afternoon; what a life!
Our arrival into Napier was quick and after sorting our rental car we were off to check in at our hotel! Driving on the opposite side of the road was rather interesting and even challenging at times (with me hugging too close to the opposite lines and even skipping through several lanes of traffic when not supposed to)! Oh well, we survived and day one of driving the ‘wrong’ way was a success!
We went to a place called Cafe Divine for lunch and my vegan meal consisted of an interesting mix of beans and toast topped with a poached egg (yes, not very vegan). I opted to eat very lightly and enjoy a very good latte on the side. Noah and Knape got excellent meals and shortly we were off to the hotel to check in, shower (that was the best shower EVER) and prepare for our wine tour. After Knape and I took a quick jaunt over to the beach we met back up with Noah and hopped onto the bus to begin our journey!
We went to four wineries on our tour and tasted some great (and some not-so-great) New Zealand wines! We bought four bottles or so from various vineyards, and after the 2nd stop we were beginning to get a little tired. Knape said that she needed some action and needed to laugh so I knew I had to up the fun quotient on the tour! On our way to the third winery I asked what we could all sing on the tour bus and we looked for artists that could span time, space, location etc. Two came to mind… ABBA and Madonna! Without blinking twice I quickly queued up “Take a Chance on Me” and we were off singing in the back of the bus! We even had some fellow Kiwis join us in song and we ended up going through many ABBA songs and an interesting rendition of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” by a 70 yr old Kiwi. All in all, we had an excellent wine tour. What a fabulous way to end the first day of our vacation after being awake and traveling for so many hours!
We ended the night with a quick dinner at Thien Thai down the Marine Parade from our motel, then walked back to crash and end the night.
Have you ever been on a wine tour? How about a wine tour in another country? Tell me about it in the comments!